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Fordham University Press, established in 1907, the seventh-oldest university press in the country and the nation’s oldest Catholic university press, is the not-for-profit publishing arm of the University. The Press started off modestly by publishing one book—The Makers of Modern Medicine—under the leadership of Dr. James Walsh, Dean of Fordham’s School of Medicine. Books published during the Medical School’s stewardship of the Press focused on medicine, science, history, and religion.

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In 1957 Father Edwin A. Quain, S.J., became Press Director, a position he held until 1972. The Press experienced its most dramatic growth in the decades during Father Quain’s tenure, publishing more than one hundred books, including Phenomenology: Its Genesis and Prospect by Quantine Lauer and John Dewey: His Thought and Influence by John Blewett. George Fletcher, an editor under Father Quain, succeeded him as Director and served until 1991. Saverio Procario, Director of the Press from 1991 to 2004, focused attention on the regional list, and by the turn of the twenty-first century the Press had steadily increased its publishing program to release fifty titles per year.

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The Press solidified a reputation for publishing intellectually penetrating philosophy books that reflected the University’s highly regarded Philosophy Department and its professors’ deep commitment to disseminating critically engaged scholarship from a wide array of voices. Recognizing its unique position in the academy, the Press launched the American Philosophy series in 1994. Influential books from the series include The Metaphysics of Experience: A Companion to Whitehead’s Process and Reality by Elizabeth Kraus; Philosophy Americana: Making Philosophy at Home in American Culture by Douglas R. Anderson; and Peirce and Contemporary Thought by Kenneth L. Ketner. The series remains active and recently published The Problem of the Color Line at the Turn of the Twentieth Century: The Essential Early Essays by W. E. B. Du Bois, edited by Nahum Dimitri Chandler.

Helen Tartar was appointed Editorial Director in 2003, and Fredric Nachbaur Director in 2009. Subsequently the Press published more than one hundred books annually, with a new focus on interdisciplinary studies. Tartar brought preeminent scholars to the Press, including Judith Butler, Jacques Derrida, and Jean-Luc Nancy. Butler’s Giving an Account of Oneself is one of the Press’s bestselling books. Nachbaur established new series to mirror the University’s academic strengths and created the Empire State Editions imprint. After Tartar’s untimely death in 2014, Richard Morrison became Editorial Director and has concentrated on diversifying the list by acquiring books in cultural studies, critical race theory, and gender studies.

The Press currently publishes ninety books annually, primarily in the humanities and social sciences, with an outstanding reputation for producing award-winning studies in the fields of anthropology, communications, history, literary studies, philosophy, political theory, religion, sociology, and theology, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary work. It is a lean operation with ten employees managing a robust print and digital publishing program through efficient workflow and a collaborative effort.

A Board of Directors, consisting of not fewer than eight and not more than ten members, all tenured Fordham University professors, governs its program and staff. The Director of the Press reports to the Provost of the University and the Board of Directors.

Latest Catalog

View or download the Fall 2016 Catalog from Fordham University Press.

Latest Catalog

View or download the Fall 2016 Catalog from Fordham University Press.

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