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Founded in 1913, Harvard University Press is the publisher of such classic works as John Rawls’s A Theory of Justice, E. O. Wilson’s On Human Nature, and Helen Vendler’s Dickinson, and continues to be a leading publisher of convergent works in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences. HUP’s publication program, which includes important new digital projects and platforms, is driven by the belief that books from academic publishers are more essential than ever before for understanding critical issues facing the world today.

Our History

Read a brief history of the Press, including major academic and literary milestones.

For a more in-depth exploration of the University’s earliest publishing efforts, the Press’s official founding in 1913, and its first six decades, turn to Max Hall’s Harvard University Press: A History.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of Harvard University Press is responsible for the review and control of the business affairs of the Press. The board is composed of university administrators and faculty, along with publishing executives who are neither faculty nor employees of Harvard University. The current board includes:

  • George Andreou, Director, Harvard University Press
  • Sara Bershtel, Vice President and Publisher, Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt
  • Ann Blair, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Harvard University
  • John E. Dowling, Gordon and Llura Gund Research Professor of Neurosciences, Harvard University
  • Noah Feldman, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • Alan M. Garber, Provost, Harvard University
  • William C. Kirby*, Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration and T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies, Harvard University
  • John Makinson, Chairman and Chief Executive (ret.), Penguin Group
  • Parimal G. Patil, Professor of Religion and Indian Philosophy, Harvard University
  • Michael J. Sandel, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government, Harvard University
  • Sarah E. Thomas, Vice President for the Harvard Library, Harvard University

*Board Chair


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Our seasonal and subject-area catalogs are available for free viewing and download.

As you peruse each catalog, you will find links back to the individual book listings on this site. We hope you find this an intuitive, visually pleasing, and “green” approach to discovering HUP titles in your area of interest.

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You can also subscribe to receive our catalogs by mail or to be notified by email when new catalogs are available.

Conference Exhibits

Our Editorial Department exhibits books and greets attendees at dozens of academic conferences every year. View a full schedule of exhibits planned for the current year.

Contact Us

Your questions and comments are very important to us. Specific information about the following frequent areas of inquiry can be found elsewhere on our site:

For all other general inquiries and comments, including feedback about this website, please use one of the methods below.

Cambridge Office

For inquiries pertaining to North and South America

Harvard University Press
79 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
Telephone: (617) 495-2600
Fax: (617) 495-5898

Online orders, customer service, and distribution in North and South America are handled by Triliteral LLC. To place an order via phone or fax, or to inquire about an existing order, please contact:

Triliteral LLC
100 Maple Ridge Drive
Cumberland, RI 02864, USA
Tel: (800) 405-1619 | (401) 531-2800
Fax: (800) 406-9145 | (401) 531-2801

For more detailed information, and for information on international orders, please see Orders.

London Office

For inquiries pertaining to the United Kingdom, Eire, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Australasia

Harvard University Press
Vernon House
23 Sicilian Avenue
London WC1A 2QS, United Kingdom
Tel: (+44) (0)20 3463 2350
Fax: (+44) (0)20 7831 9261

Location and Directions

The main offices of Harvard University Press can be found in Kittredge Hall, located at 79 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA.

You may also wish to reference the official Harvard University Interactive Campus Map. A version of this map is also available for mobile devices (search for “kittredge”).

Our offices are convenient to the Harvard Shuttle’s “Quad” stop, and a few blocks from stops on MBTA routes 72, 74/5/8, 77, and 96.

For a map of HUP’s London offices, click here.

Sales Representation and Distribution

Harvard University Press works with various partners to ensure efficient regional and international distribution of our titles. See a full list of our domestic and international sales contacts.

Stay Connected

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Don’t want to miss an update on our books, authors, or events? Subscribe to the Harvard University Press mailing list for periodic updates about new books and features, or stay current on HUP news with Facebook, Twitter (where you can separately follow HUP’s International Office), Instagram, and LinkedIn.

The HUP Blog is the place to find in-depth discussions of the issues raised in our titles, supplementary interviews with and essays by our authors, and other items that may be of interest. (To ensure you don’t miss a post, subscribe to the HUP blog feed.)

We also offer brief excerpts from our books at Medium.

Sustainability Practices and the Green Press Initiative

Green Press Initiative: Celebrating 10 Years of Success, 2001–2011

As a publisher of books on science and the environment, Harvard University Press is especially aware of publishing’s impact on the environment, particularly regarding the use of wood fiber as a source of book paper. In an effort to reduce our use of virgin fiber, we have joined over 100 other U.S. publishers in becoming a member of the Green Press Initiative (GPI). The GPI is a nonprofit organization working to help publishers and printers increase their use of recycled paper and decrease their use of fiber derived from endangered forests. By signing the GPI’s Book Industry Treatise on Responsible Paper Use in 2004, HUP agreed to increase our use of recycled paper—containing at least 30% post-consumer waste—from current levels to a 30% average overall by 2011.

HUP also teamed up with the Maple-Vail Book Manufacturing Group and Amerikal Products Corporation, two of the printing industry’s most progressive and entrepreneurial companies, as part of a groundbreaking initiative creating a new sustainable process that has revolutionized how books are printed and manufactured. THINKTech™ is an innovative, eco-friendly process that prints books on a heat-set web press without any curing devices, ovens, or blowers, resulting in a dramatic reduction of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) and the elimination of natural-gas–fed ovens required in traditional printing operations.

HUP, in consideration of the mission set forth by the Harvard Green Campus Initiative to make Harvard University a living laboratory and learning organization for the pursuit of campus sustainability, is proud to be a part of initiatives that will improve our productivity in today’s economy, while reducing both our costs and carbon footprint. These commitments are part of a related effort at HUP to reduce the use of paper for memos, reports, and other in-house materials that can serve their purpose equally well in electronic form. In the end, we cannot publish without paper, but we can make do with far less, which will help protect the environment, as well as make us a more efficient and better publisher.

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