Dean of New York University Libraries Carol A. Mandel announced today the appointment of Ellen Chodosh as director of NYU Press. Chodosh is a former Vice President and Publisher, Trade Division of Oxford University Press, a $34 million unit that published 250 new titles each year. During her tenure, the Press received two Pulitzer Prizes in History, a Bancroft Prize, and two National Jewish Book Awards.

Ellen Chodosh, director of NYU Press. Image Credit: Ellen Chodosh

“NYU Press is a leader in developing sustainable academic publishing programs in the context of a rapidly changing publishing environment,” says Mandel.  “In our search we looked not only for deep expertise but also for the ability to engage with the tough issues of scholarly communication today.  NYU Press has great momentum.  Ellen Chodosh is ready to step in and continue our forward motion.”

Establishing her own consulting business in 2006, Chodosh specialized in strategic and sustainability planning for a long list of universities, nonprofit scholarly organizations, and commercial publishers.

“It’s a privilege to join the Press and to become a part of the vibrant NYU community,” says Chodosh.  “I look forward to working with the talented staff at the Press to address the many publishing opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.”

Chodosh will join NYU as of September 15, 2014, succeeding Steve Maikowski, who retired in May 2014 after 13 years as NYU Press director.

About NYU Press:  NYU Press has been publishing original scholarship since its founding in 1916.  Working across the humanities and social sciences, it has award-winning lists in anthropology, criminology, cultural and American studies, environmental studies, law, media studies and communications, politics, religion, and sociology.  NYU Press publishes more than 110 new books each year, with a backlist of nearly 3,000 titles in print and annual sales revenue of $4.5 million.    

The NYU Division of Libraries comprises five libraries in Manhattan and one each in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai. Its flagship, the Elmer Holmes Bobst Library on Washington Square, houses more than four million volumes and received 3 million visits last year. Around the world the Libraries offers access to more than 800,000 electronic journals, books, and databases; its website received 2.4 million visits last year. For more information about the NYU Libraries, please visit

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