Founded in 1916 by Elmer Ellsworth Brown, then Chancellor of the University, New York University Press was, in his words, created "to publish contributions to higher learning by eminent scholars."
In the more than 85 years since its founding, the Press has sought to reflect the intellectual vitality of New York University by publishing a wide array of provocative and compelling titles, as well as works of lasting scholarly and reference value. NYU Press was once best known for its publication of The Collected Writings of Walt Whitman, the most comprehensive and definitive series of the poet's work. In more recent years, the Press has published major new, awardwinning works such as the three-volume Encyclopedia of Jewish Life Before and During the Holocaust (a 2001 National Jewish Book Award winner) and distinctive works of scholarship in history, religion, psychology, literature, cultural studies, politics, sociology, film, and law. In addition, the Press has established lists in New York regional history, politics and culture, Balkan Studies, and growing lists in such fields as Jewish studies, African-American studies, Asian- American studies, Latino/Latina culture, and youth culture in general. NYU Press publishes approximately 100 new books each year, enjoys a backlist of over 1500 titles, and was described recently by the Chronicle of Higher Education as “a major player in academic publishing.”
The Press seeks manuscripts without regard to the affiliation of the author, and, over the years, the Press’s publishing program has come to include an international roster of scholars. As an academic publisher, the Press utilizes outside peer review as part of the editorial review process of all proposed book projects. Members of NYU are highly encouraged to submit book manuscripts in those disciplines where the Press is actively publishing, and the Press will give particular attention to the work of faculty members. Inquiries should be addressed to the director (see the NYU Public Directory for contact information).