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Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Announcing the Columbia University Press Fall 2016 Catalog

Columbia UP Fall 2016 Catalog

We are proud to announce our catalog of new books coming in Fall 2016! In her introductory letter, Press Director Jennifer Crewe lays out her hopes for the books in the catalog and lists a few highlights:

Dear Readers:

This catalogue represents a phenomenal effort on the part of our authors and Columbia University Press to publish books that intervene in today’s most urgent global issues. With books on immigration, equal representation, climate change, free speech, terror, human rights, and the future of the world economy, our press continues to lead in disseminating crucial ideas based in sound scholarship that are necessary as our world grows smaller and more tense.

Our titles this season rethink foundational partnerships—science and art, husband and wife, true and false, business and society, East and West, and the economy and the environment—to broaden our worldview and foster a more intimate knowledge of influence and inspiration. In Reductionism in Art and Brain Science (p. 1), the Nobel Prize–winning author Eric R. Kandel appreciates from a neuroscientific perspective the impulses that disrupt creative paradigms. In Marriage as a Fine Art (p. 5), Julia Kristeva and Philippe Sollers reflect on the challenge of adapting to and loving another person. In The Madhouse Effect (p. 9), the award-winning climate scientist Michael E. Mann and the Pulitzer prize–winning political cartoonist Tom Toles use incisive humor to balance scientific fact and partisan fiction. Capital and the Common Good (p. 12) is Georgia Levenson Keohane’s proposal to apply market savvy to social, economic, and environmental challenges, and Endangered Economies (p. 17) is Geoffrey Heal’s effort to broker a peace between economic growth and environmental preservation.

Our joint venture with the Russian Institute for Literary Translation (pp. 6–7), a powerful partnership between East and West, has yielded the first three books in our Russian Library series. These provocative novels and drama prove that cutting-edge satire and formal innovation are alive and well in the cradle of modern literature. We have also acquired distribution rights for four new, acclaimed presses: Tulika Books in India (p. 100), Agenda Publishing in the United Kingdom (p. 94), Barbara Budrich Publishers in Germany (p. 96), and the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C. (p. 92). These presses complement our existing strengths while adding to our offerings in economics and sociology.

As a business and an intellectual storehouse, Columbia University Press continues to grow in remarkable new ways, and the backing we receive from our readers, partners, and university faculty and staff is what makes this possible. Thank you for your continued support of our books and mission.

Jennifer Crewe
President and Director

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Announcing the Addition of Harvard University Press to the Columbia University Press Sales Consortium

Harvard University Press

Columbia University Press is pleased to announce that Harvard University Press is joining the Columbia Sales Consortium for sales representation in the United States and Canada beginning September 1, 2016.

The Columbia Sales Consortium has represented the finest university and scholarly presses to the book trade in the United States for more than 25 years. With the inclusion of Harvard University Press, the group will expand its sales representation services into Canada. This move builds upon a relationship between the two publishers which began in 2011 when our sales force first started to represent Harvard University Press in only the Southeastern United States. Order fulfillment and customer service for Harvard University Press will remain with Triliteral.

The Columbia Sales Consortium team consists of Brad Hebel, Director of Operations and Sales for Columbia University Press; Catherine Hobbs, Consortium Sales Manager and Sales Representative for the Mid-Atlantic and Southern United States; Conor Broughan, Sales Representative for the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada; Kevin Kurtz, Sales Representative for the Midwestern United States and Central Canada; and William Gawronski, Sales Representative for the Western United States and Western Canada.

The Columbia Sales Consortium also includes: University of California Press, Duke University Press, Fernwood Publishing, Georgetown University Press, ISD, McGill-Queens University Press, NYU Press, University of Alabama Press, University of Massachusetts Press, University of South Carolina Press, University of Virginia Press, and University of Washington Press. (more…)

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

The new and improved Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) database

Columbia University Press announces the new and improved Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) database

The renowned international affairs database Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) has recently undergone a complete overhaul aimed at enhancing user experience. The new CIAO website features a redesigned user interface that standardizes the discovery and presentation of content and adds more video content, a live Twitter feed, and improved search functionality.

Other new features include: faceted browsing and refinement of search results based on normalized metadata, OpenURL and Shibboleth capabilities, and a CIAO YouTube channel, not to mention new partnerships with policy institutes and publishers, including Atlantic Council, Center for Migration Studies, Hudson Institute, the Soufan Group, Transparency International, and many more.

Of course, CIAO still retains the great features that users have always loved, including: the CIAO Atlas, featuring detailed maps and country data for 201 countries provided by the Economist Intelligence Unit; the monthly CIAO Focus, long considered an outstanding classroom tool for teaching salient issues in the field of international affairs; full-text e-books and journal content.

CIAO also boasts an advisory board that comprises of international affairs specialists and scholars from both the United States and abroad.

CIAO is a collaboration between Columbia University Press (CUP) and the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS), part of the Columbia University Libraries / Information Services, combining the editorial talent of CUP on content and CDRS’s depth of knowledge in design and information architecture to create a new, enhanced, and responsive CIAO.

About Columbia International Affairs Online

Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) is the world’s largest full-text online resource for political science, diplomatic history, international law and business, policy formation, and country analysis. The full-text database encompasses more than 500,000 pages of working papers, policy briefs, interviews, journal articles, and e-books in the field of international relations. CIAO is a dynamic resource that is constantly growing. More than 180 leading academic and research institutions, publishers, government agencies, and journals worldwide contribute to CIAO.

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Announcing the Columbia University Press Spring 2016 Catalog

Columbia University Press Spring 2016 Catalog

We are proud to present the Columbia University Press Spring 2016 Catalog! As Press Director Jennifer Crewe says in her introductory letter, “[e]ach season we strive to publish outstanding books that expand our understanding of human concerns,” and we feel confident that this season’s book list is right in line with that goal. Look through the catalog below and get more information about any books you find interesting on our website.

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Announcing the winner of the first annual Columbia University Press Distinguished Book Award

Columbia University Press, in conjunction with the Office of the Provost of Columbia University, is pleased to announce that Wael B. Hallaq is the winner of the first annual Columbia University Press Distinguished Book Award for his book The Impossible State: Islam, Politics, and Modernity’s Moral Predicament.

Wael B. Hallaq is Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS) at Columbia University.

Ellen Lukens, Sylvia D. & Mose J. Firestone Centennial Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia School of Social Work and Co-Chair of the Columbia University Press faculty publication committee says Hallaq’s exceptional work was chosen because “in this powerful critical reflection on our times, Hallaq draws on historical and religious narratives to examine the limits of both Islamic and Western concepts of the modern state in light of the often misunderstood moral demands of Shari’ah. His writing illuminates the need for dialogue between Islamic and Western thought in an effort to confront the forces that threaten ecological sustainability and moral and communal prosperity in a global setting.”

The Columbia University Press Distinguished Book Award is given to the Columbia University faculty member with a book published by the Press in the two years prior that brings the highest distinction to Columbia University and Columbia University Press for its outstanding contribution to academic and public discourse. The winner is selected by a jury composed of the current members of the Press’s faculty publication committee.

A ceremony to honor the winner will be held on September 24, 2015, at the Casa Italiana at Columbia University. The author of the winning book receives a certificate and a cash award of $10,000.

You can find more information about the award here.

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Columbia UP Ceasing Distribution of Dalkey Archive Press

Columbia University Press regretfully announces that, as of August 31, CUP will no longer be distributing Dalkey Archive Press titles. After that date, all orders and inquiries should be directed to Ingram Publisher Services. The official press release can be found below: (more…)

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Columbia University Press to Publish New Translations of Russian Literature

Columbia University Press  Russian Flag

We were very excited to read today’s New York Times included an article on our ambitious and very exciting new series of Russian literature in translation. The series, tentatively titled the Russian Library (on Twitter at @RusLibrary) will publish dozens of works in modern Russian literature as selected by the Press and a committee of Russian and American scholars.

While the first books are unlikely to be published until after 2017, the books will include some modern classics in need of new translations with a majority of the titles being contemporary and post-Soviet works. In addition to bringing these works to the attention of English-language readers, the hope is that the series will also contribute to improving relations between the United States and Russia. Stephanie Sandler, a professor in the Slavic Department at Harvard University and one of several American professors to travel to Moscow for the conference, commented:

Think about the good work that can be done by making available a wide variety of perspectives on Russia both from the past and the present. For many of us, the reason to be involved in the project and have it happen precisely at what would seem this inauspicious, high-tension political moment, is that we can start to find bridges between the two cultures and ways to talk to each other.

The series will also help develop a canon for more recent Russian literature, a project that’s not without its challenges as Caryl Emerson, a professor of Slavic Literature at Princeton University, explains:

Part of the problem is the delicacy of trying to define a future canon. The past is established. The Russians take their identity from what they read. What happens when you have a traumatic regime shift? People want things out there that are not known in the West but at what point are they worthy of being known?

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Friday, June 19th, 2015

University Press Roundup

Welcome to our weekly roundup of the best articles from the blogs of academic publishers! As always, if you particularly enjoy something or think that we missed an important post, please let us know in the comments. (And look back at our University Press Roundup Manifesto to see why we do this post every Friday.)

This week, University of Chicago Press blog features an In These Times interview with Micah Uetricht and Andrew Hartman, author of The War for the Soul of America: A History of the Culture Wars , about whether or not the great American culture wars are over. They argue that the Christian Right is largely a “lost cause” and have retrenched from the national stage in favor of smaller factions that debate out of the public purview.

Over at University of Minnesota Press, Ryan Thomas Skinner, an Assistant Professor of ethnomusicology at the Ohio State University, discusses the complex and ever shifting character of Malian music. Drawing from years of personal observation and scholarly research, Skinner argues that despite the cultural and political disruption of the March 2012 military mutiny, Malian music is far from “dead”. In fact, Skinner claims that Malian music is defined by the convergence of ethnic, religious, urban, economic, etc. positions under which it’s produced.

University of Illinois Press blog features a video of Corrupt Illinois authors, Thomas J. Gradel and Dick Simpson discussing the abundance of governmental corruption in the state. Though the news is saturated with high-level Illinois corruption with the recent investigation of Representative Aaron Schock and the indictment of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, Gradel and Simpson claim that they uncovered corruption at all levels of public government. From state, aldermanic, and city corruption, to county employee and suburban corruption, it appears Illinois’ long history of machine politics continues to haunt the Land of Lincoln.

What is the fewest number of guards per shift an art museum can employ without sacrificing the security of any of the pieces? This question is the focus of this week’s Princeton University Press blog post by Marc Chamberland, author of Single Digits: In Praise of Small Numbers. Chamberland explains how to calculate it in a snappy video embedded in the post.

At the University of North Carolina Press blog, Erin Smith, author of What Would Jesus Read? Popular Religious Books and Everyday Life in Twentieth Century America, explores religious books’ lack of critical success despite their commercial popularity. In the post, Smith discusses the varying motivations of authors, publishers, and readers when it comes to religious scholarship.

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Announcing our Fall 2015 Catalog: Chomsky, Stiglitz, and More!

We are very excited to present our Fall 2015 catalog! Please check out our forthcoming titles and those from our distributed presses.

Highlights from our Fall 2015 list include What Kind of Creatures Are We?, by Noam Chomsky; Marx After Marx: History and Time in the Expansion of Capitalism, by Harry Harootunian; Wall Streeters: The Creators and Corruptors of American Finance, by Edward Morris; Best Business Writing 2015, edited by Dean Starkman, Martha M. Hamilton, and Ryan Chittum; The Con Men: Hustling in New York City, by Terry Williams and Trevor B. Milton; Eqbal Ahmad: Critical Outsider in a Turbulent Age, by Stuart Schaar; and Beyond Biofatalism: Human Nature for an Evolving World, by Gillian Barker

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Burton Watson Named Winner of 2015 PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation

Burton Watson

Congratulations to Burton Watson, winner of the 2015 PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation for his work as a translator of Chinese and Japanese literature! As the PEN America Translation Committee’s citation states, “Burton Watson is the inventor of classical East Asian poetry for our time.” Watson studied at Columbia University as both an undergraduate and a postgraduate, and taught at Columbia for many years. He has translated prose, fiction, and poetry from both Chinese and Japanese into English, and the list of his translations published with us speaks for itself. We here at Columbia UP could not be prouder to have worked with Professor Watson over the years.

More from the PEN announcement:

Credited with making many classical Chinese and Japanese works accessible to the English-reading public for the first time, Watson’s translations also span a wide array of genres, from poetry and prose to histories and sacred texts. The committee’s citation continues, “For decades his anthologies and his scholarly introductions have defined classical East Asian literature for students and readers in North America, and we have reason to expect more: even at his advanced age, he still translates nearly daily.”

In 1982, Watson was a recipient of the PEN Translation Prize for his translation of From the Country of Eight Islands: An Anthology of Japanese Poetry by Hiroaki Sato (Anchor Press/University of Washington Press), and in 1995 for his translation of Selected Poems of Su Tung–p’o (Copper Canyon). PEN is thrilled to now recognize Watson for his valued and longstanding commitment to the art of translation, bringing great creativity and precision to his work and introducing exceptional works of literature to a wider audience.

Watson will be honored, along with all 2015 PEN award winners, at the PEN Literary Awards Ceremony on June 8 at The New School in New York City.

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

AAUP Design Award Winners!

A Coney Island Reader

Awards season continues with Association of American University Presses book, jacket and journal awards. The following Columbia University Press titles were recognized:

For scholarly/typographic:

The Homoerotics of Orientalism by Joseph Allen Boone
Designer: Lisa Hamm
Production Coordinator: Jennifer Jerome
Acquiring Editor: Philip Leventhal
Project Editor: Roy Thomas

Note-by-Note Cooking: The Future of Food by Hervé This, translated by M.B. DeBevoise
Designer: Vin Dang
Production Coordinator: Jennifer Jerome
Acquiring Editor: Jennifer Crewe
Project Editor: Ron Harris

For cover:

A Coney Island Reader: Through Dizzy Gates of Illusion edited by Louis J. Parascandola and John Parascandola
Designer: Philip Pascuzzo
Production Coordinator: Jennifer Jerome
Art Director: Julia Kushnirsky

Monday, December 1st, 2014

New Columbia University Press Website!

We’re excited to announce that our website has been redesigned. Please be patient as we’re still in beta stage and there’s still some work to be done but we hope you like the new design and find the site easier to navigate.

We’ll keep you posted on developments to the site and if you see any problems or have any comments please contact us.

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Columbia University Press Open House Event at the Columbia University Bookstore

On Tuesday, December 3 at 6:00 we are holding a special open house event for the Columbia community at the Columbia Bookstore. Editors, publicists, book designers, and other members on the press will be on hand to celebrate our newest books and discuss book publishing with students and faculty members. We look forward to seeing you there!

Columbia University Bookstore Event

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Meet Eric Schwartz, Our New Editorial Director!

Eric Schwartz, Editorial DirectorWe are pleased to announce that Eric Schwartz joined the Press as Editorial Director on Monday, September 29. He replaces Jennifer Crewe, who was promoted to President and Director of the Press in June.

Eric was Senior Editor for Sociology and Cognitive Science at Princeton University Press, a job he has held since 2008. During that time he established a new list in cognitive science and revitalized the sociology list, turning it into one of the top lists in the field. Before moving to Princeton he was psychology editor at Cambridge University Press. He started his career at Springer as a manufacturing assistant and Oxford University Press as manufacturing controller. He became production controller at Cambridge and moved into the editorial department in 2006. Along the way he earned a Ph.D. in political science from the New School for Social Research. His BA, in international relations, is from the University of Delaware. Eric has been active with the Association of American University Presses and the Bookbinder’s Guild of New York.

Eric will start a sociology list at Columbia University Press and build upon the existing list in neuroscience, which was created by the Publisher for Life Sciences.

Eric says, “I am thrilled by the opportunity to work for New York City’s premier university press. It has an engaged and enthusiastic staff, starting with its new President and Director. I’m looking forward to collaborating with Columbia University’s wider academic community on publishing great books. Let’s get started!”

Jennifer Crewe says, “I am delighted that Eric will join the Press to lead our already strong editorial team to even greater heights and augment our lists in two areas of strength at the university.”

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

October Author Events: Joseph Stiglitz, Herve This, and More!

Joseph Stiglitz, Creating a Learning SocietyFrom global inequality and global warming to the elements of cooking and male sex work, we’ve got a great lineup of author events in October.

It all begins tonight when Bruce Greenwald and Joseph Stiglitz discuss Creating a Learning Society: A New Approach to Growth, Development, and Social Progress at Columbia University’s Heyman Center for the Humanities.

Other highlights include the return of Hervé This to talk about his new book Note-by-Note Cooking: The Future of Food; Robert Sitton visits the Museum of Modern Art and other locales to talk about Iris Barry and his new book Lady in the Dark: Iris Barry and the Art of Film; Blood author Gil Anidjar visits Bookculture; Mary Helen Washington discusses the intersection of leftist politics and culture in African American history and her new book The Other Blacklist; and much more.

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

To the Point: A New E-book Series from Columbia University Press

To the Point

To the Point, Bruce HoffmanTo the Point, Julia KristevaTo the Point, Peter Piot                 To the Point, Joel SimonTo the Point, Evan Thompson

Columbia University Press is proud to announce the launch of To the Point an exciting new e-book series that extends the scholarship of our authors for a growing global and digital audience. We present standalone chapters from the press’s forthcoming fall season books, with original short-format works to come to the series in the future.

These works serve to introduce our authors’ provocative ideas to new readers in accessible, affordable formats. Featuring works by Bruce Hoffman, Julia Kristeva, Evan Thompson, and others in disciplines ranging from politics and philosophy to food science and social work.

To the Point titles are available for only $1.99 from your favorite e-book vendor.

The first five e-book shorts to be released for sale in the To the Point series are:

* The 7/7 London Underground Bombing: Not So Homegrown, by Bruce Hoffman
A selection from The Evolution of the Global Terrorist Threat: From 9/11 to Osama bin Laden’s Death

* Understanding Through Fiction, by Julia Kristeva
A selection from Teresa, My Love: An Imagined Life of the Saint of Avila

* AIDS as an International Political Issue, by Peter Piot
A selection from AIDS Between Science and Politics

* Informing the Global Citizen, by Joel Simon
A Selection from The New Censorship: Inside the Global Battle for Media Freedom

* Dying: What Happens When We Die?, by Evan Thompson
A Selection from Waking, Dreaming, Being: Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation, and Philosophy

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

“Interracial Couples, Intimacy, and Therapy” Wins a “50 Books | 50 Covers”

Congratulations to Jordan Wannemacher and the amazing Columbia University Press design department for their design of Interracial Couples, Intimacy, and Therapy: Crossing Racial Borders, by Kyle D. Killian, which was recently selected as one of the 50 Books | 50 Covers by The Design Observer Group.

And, here’s the cover:

Kyle Killian, Interracial Couples

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Columbia University Press at Columbia University

Columbia University Press Vitrine

We are very pleased to announce that Columbia University Press now has its own vitrine on the campus of Columbia University! The vitrine gives us a a great opportunity to feature some of the excellent books we’ve published by Columbia University faculty or authors associated with the school.

Since the picture above might be a bit difficult to make out, the first four books we’ve included are:

Freedom’s Right: The Social Foundations of Democratic Life
Axel Honneth
Axel Honneth is professor of philosophy at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University of Frankfurt and the Jack C. Weinstein Professor for the Humanities at Columbia University.

The Columbia Anthology of Yuan Drama
Edited by C. T. Hsia, Wai-yee Li, and George Kao
C. T. Hsia (1921–2013) is professor emeritus of Chinese at Columbia University.

Literature and Film in Cold War South Korea: Freedom’s Frontier
Theodore Hughes
Theodore Hughes is associate professor of modern Korean literature and film in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University.

The Watchdog That Didn’t Bark: The Financial Crisis and the Disappearance of Investigative Journalism
Dean Starkman
Dean Starkman is an editor and Kingsford Capital Fellow of the Columbia Journalism Review.

For a fuller, but by no means complete, list of other recent CUP titles by Columbia University Professors.

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Jennifer Crewe Appointed President and Director of Columbia University Press

We are very excited to announce that Jennifer Crewe has been appointed president and director of Columbia University Press! Here is the official press release from Columbia University:

Jennifer CreweColumbia University Provost John H. Coatsworth has appointed Jennifer Crewe as president and director of Columbia University Press. Crewe has served as interim director for the past nine months and has worked at the Press for three decades.

“Jennifer’s notable strengths as an editor and administrator, as well as her deep understanding of the Press’ history, made her the clear choice of the faculty-led search committee,” said Coatsworth. “She has taken steps to increase the reach, visibility and effectiveness of the Press, developed new strategies to expand capacity and improve book schedules, and negotiated an agreement for the Press to distribute Woodrow Wilson Center books.”

Crewe earned her master of fine arts degree from Columbia’s School of the Arts and worked at the Press during and immediately after graduate school. After working in the commercial college textbook publishing industry, she returned to the Press 28 years ago, starting as an acquisitions editor. As editorial director, Crewe hired and trained acquisitions editors who have nurtured close ties to and created excellent publication programs with academic departments and centers at Columbia.

She is active in the wider world of publishing and academia, having served on the board of the Association of American University Presses and the Executive Council of the Modern Language Association, and currently serving on the Executive Council of the Professional and Scholarly Division of the Association of American Publishers. She is the first woman director of an Ivy League university press.

“I am passionate about Columbia University Press and am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the Press as we tackle the challenges scholarly publishing faces in the coming years,” Crewe said. “I plan to build on our already distinguished programs and to create exciting new publishing opportunities in close consultation with the Columbia faculty and administration.”

“Jennifer’s background provides her with a close connection to Columbia,” said Coatsworth. “As Columbia University Press faces the ongoing revolution in information and communications technology, Jennifer is well placed to navigate those challenges while addressing the needs of the scholarly community.”

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Design Winners from the 2014 New York Book Show!

We were very excited to hear that four of our books were winners in the 2014 New York Book Show. Sponsored by the Book Industry Guild of New York, the award honors, and celebrates excellence in book production and design. Here are the covers of our winning titles:

The Homoerotics of Orientalism
Joseph Boone
Joseph Boone, The Homoerotics of Orientalism
View the interior.

Abominable Science!: Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids
Daniel Loxton and Donald R. Prothero
Daniel Loxton, Abominable Science
View the interior.

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