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Greenhouse Studios Partnership
UMass Press and UConn’s Greenhouse Studios received a two-year, $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the researching and testing of peer review, publishing, and preservation workflows for digital scholarship. During the grant period, which extends from the fall of 2019 through 2021, they are investigating how digital humanities centers and their university press partners can best guide digital scholarship to publication.

UMass Press Upgrades
In the summer of 2020, UMass Press began a range of technological and operational upgrades designed to improve the customer experience. On July 1, the Press transitioned to the University of Chicago Press’s Chicago Distribution Center for order fulfillment and U.S. distribution. Additionally, they are now represented by the University of British Columbia Press in the Canadian market. A new website,, designed by Supadü, was unveiled in concert with these other upgrades.

By the numbers

  • 46 titles published
  • 17% of sales from e-books
  • Over 40,000 units sold



Matthew Makley's The Small Shall Be Strong: A History of Lake Tahoe’s Washoe Indians was selected as a “CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title” for 2019.

Contested Ground: The Tunnel and the Struggle over Television News in Cold War America by Mike Conway was the recipient of the 2020 Broadcast Historian Award from the Library of American Broadcasting Foundation. Additionally, the book was selected as a finalist for the 2020 James Tankard Book Award.

Tagus Press’s Poems in Absentia & Poems from The Island and the World, translated by George Monteiro, was longlisted for the 2019 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation.

Went to the Devil: A Yankee Whaler in the Slave Trade by Anthony Connors was awarded the John Lyman Book Award from the North American Society for Oceanic History in the category of “Naval and Maritime Biography and Autobiography.”

Aimee Edmondson’s In Sullivan’s Shadow: The Use and Abuse of Libel Law during the Long Civil Rights Struggle was named the runner up for the AEJMC’s History Division Book Award. Additionally, the book was a finalist for the Frank Luther Mott/Kappa Tau Alpha Research Award.

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