About Ohio University Press
An Academic Enterprise
Ohio University Press is an academic unit that reports to the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. The scholarly publishing arm of Ohio University, it operates under the guidance of an Editorial Advisory Board composed of some of the most engaged and acclaimed scholars on the Athens campus.
Originally incorporated in 1947 and formally organized in 1964 by President Vernon Alden, Ohio University Press is the largest scholarly press in the state of Ohio. With a staff of twelve, it publishes fifty titles a year and generates more than one million dollars in annual book sales.
In terms of the number of books published annually, its peer group includes the University of Arizona Press, Brookings Institution Press, Northwestern University Press, University of Notre Dame Press, University of Georgia Press, Temple University Press, and University of Virginia Press. There are approximately 600 active titles in the OUP catalog.
Ambassador-at-Large for Ohio University
Ohio University Press has a tangible product that it sends out into the world. Last year, for example, 65,000 books, all bearing the Ohio imprint, were sold to individuals, booksellers, and libraries both domestically and internationally. These books have been carefully edited and produced and are made to endure. Over the course of their existence, they will be touched by many hands. Each book carries with it the scholarly reputation of Ohio University, reaffirming Ohio University’s commitment to the fruits of research and creative endeavor.
By recruiting authors from different universities and institutions around the world, the Ohio University Press also extends the reach of the university’s contribution to scholarly activity beyond the limits of its own faculty.
In recent years, Ohio University Press has published authors from New York University, Texas Christian University, Johns Hopkins, UCLA, Dalhousie University, University of Victoria, Harvard, Northwestern University, Cardiff University, Cambridge, University of the Witwatersrand, National University of Singapore, Waseda University in Tokyo, University of Costa Rica, and the University of Michigan, among many others. By publishing their research and scholarship with Ohio University Press, these scholars can be rightfully claimed as members of the Ohio University family, and their work is part of Ohio University’s endowment to the greater educational community.
The Ohio University Press generates coverage for its activity in local, regional, national, and international outlets year after year in both professional journals and public venues.
Among the publications of general interest in which Ohio University Press books have been reviewed or written about in the past few years are
- New York Times
- Los Angeles Times
- Times of London
- Chronicle of Higher
- New York Review of Books
- Washington Post
- Baltimore Sun
- Denver Post
- Richmond Times-Dispatch
- Cleveland Plain Dealer
- Akron Beacon-Journal
- Ohio Magazine
- Dayton Daily News
- Columbus Dispatch
- Publishers Weekly
- Library Journal
- Atlantic Monthly
- Wilson Quarterly
- The Economist
- Hudson Review
- New England Journal of Medicine
The scholarly publications in which Ohio University Press books have been reviewed are too numerous to list, but they number in the hundreds. The cumulative effect of these reviews and articles is an increased visibility for Ohio University throughout the world as a purveyor of serious, interesting, and useful work.
The Ohio University Press is an established leader in a number of areas in which it publishes, particularly African studies and Victorian studies. It also has a recognized list in formal poetry, and it is making a name for itself in Midwestern studies, environmental history, and Appalachian studies. As well, it is one of the very few presses that publish high-quality books on Ohio culture and history.
The Ohio University Press brings several significant elements to the discussion of diversity. Demonstrating the Press’s commitment to multicultural scholarship, the following is a partial list of the numerous series that the press sponsors as part of its publishing programs:
- Series in Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in Appalachia
- Polish and Polish-American Studies
- New African Histories
- Eastern African Studies
- Western African Studies
- Research in International Studies, Africa
- Research in International Studies, Latin America
- Research in International Studies, Southeast Asia
- Research in International Studies, Global and Comparative
Other series that the press publishes include
- Series on Law, Society, and Politics in the Midwest
- Ohio Bicentennial Series
- The Ohio Quilt Series
- Perspectives on the Art and Architectural History the United States Capitol
- Perspectives on the History of Congress, 1789–1801
- Series in Continental Thought
- Series in Ecology and History
- The White Coat Pocket Guide Series
- The Papers of Clarence Mitchell, Jr.
- The Collected Letters of George Gissing
- The Collected Works of William Howard Taft
- The Complete Works of Robert Browning
- The Hollis Summers Poetry Prize
Over the past ten years, the Ohio University Press has developed partnerships locally and nationally to produce books with a number of institutions and associations.
These partners include
- The Cleveland Museum of Art
- The Cincinnati Art Museum
- The Columbus Museum of Art
- The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
- The Buckeye Trail Association
- The Center for American Places
- The U.S. Capitol Historical Society
- The Ohio State Bar Foundation
- The Michigan State Bar Foundation
- The Indiana Bar Foundation
- The Ohio Osteopathic Association
- The Ohio Bicentennial Commission
- American Indonesian Chamber of Commerce
- The Columbus Architecture Foundation
- The Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati
- The Polish American Historical Association
- The Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America
- The Northeast Modern Language Association
- Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature
- The Great Lakes American Studies Association
- The University of Arkansas
- Amherst College
- Central Connecticut State University
- Ohioana Library Association
Within Ohio University, the press has been involved in cooperative projects with the Center for International Studies, the Contemporary History Institute, and the College of Osteopathic Medicine, as well as the dean’s offices on the campuses of Chillicothe and Zanesville.
Swallow Press & Ohio University Press
Unique among university presses is Ohio University Press’s affiliation with Swallow Press. Swallow Press is a distinguished literary press founded in the 1940s by poet, professor, and publisher Allan Swallow. Over the years Swallow Press has published many leading literary lights, including Allen Tate, Yvor Winters, Janet Lewis, J. V. Cunningham, Anaïs Nin, and Frank Waters. Through an arrangement with the owners of Swallow Press, Ohio University Press has managed the acquisition, production, and distribution of Swallow Press titles for over twenty-five years, creating a balanced publishing program that appeals to a diverse mix of readers, from the professional scholar to the educated generalist. This partnership gives Ohio University Press real distinction as a publisher of fine books.
Working with its Editorial Advisory Board and through the good offices of the Executive Vice President and Provost, it continues to adhere to its mission and to receive recognition as one of the most interesting and dynamic university presses in the Midwest.
Lincoln, Congress, and Emancipation
“When Lincoln took office, in March 1861, the national government had no power to touch slavery in the states where it existed. Lincoln understood this, and said as much in his first inaugural address, noting: ‘I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists.’”
The Crisis of Meaning and the Life-World
Husserl, Heidegger, Arendt, Patočka
Učník examines the existential conflict that formed the focus of Edmund Husserl’s final work: how to reconcile scientific rationality with the meaning of human existence. To investigate this conundrum, she places Husserl in dialogue with three of his most important successors: Martin Heidegger, Hannah Arendt, and Jan Patočka.
Driven toward Madness
The Fugitive Slave Margaret Garner and Tragedy on the Ohio
The story of Margaret Garner—the runaway slave who, when confronted with capture, slit the throat of her toddler daughter rather than have her face a life in slavery—has inspired Toni Morrison’s Beloved, a film based on the novel starring Oprah Winfrey, and an opera.
Drawing on the Victorians
The Palimpsest of Victorian and Neo-Victorian Graphic Texts
Late nineteenth-century Britain experienced an unprecedented explosion of visual print culture and a simultaneous rise in literacy across social classes. New printing technologies facilitated quick and cheap dissemination of images—illustrated books, periodicals, cartoons, comics, and ephemera—to a mass readership.
Winter of Artifice
Swallow Press’s reissue of Winter of Artifice, with a new introduction by Laura Frost, presents an important opportunity to consider anew the work of Anaïs Nin who laid the groundwork for later writers, but whom critics frequently dismiss as solipsistic or overblown.