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Founded in 1913, Harvard University Press is the publisher of such classics as Carol Gilligan’s In a Different Voice, Paul Gilroy’s The Black Atlantic, Stephen Jay Gould’s The Structure of Evolutionary Theory, James Kugel’s The Bible As It Was, Toni Morrison’s Playing in the Dark, Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century, John Rawls’s A Theory of Justice, E. O. Wilson’s On Human Nature, and Helen Vendler’s The Art of Shakespeare’s Sonnets. We offer books for a general readership as well as scholarly and professional audiences from renowned experts and new voices who are redefining entire fields of inquiry. Our commitment to publishing works in translation is exemplified by an unparalleled collection of series presenting world classics in bilingual editions, anchored by the Loeb Classical Library.

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
  • Noah Feldman, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • Alan M. Garber, Provost, Harvard University
  • John Makinson, Chairman and Chief Executive (ret.), Penguin Group
  • Das Narayandas, Edsel Bryant Ford Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
  • 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
  • Martha Whitehead, Vice President for the Harvard Library and the Roy E. Larsen Librarian of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

*Board Chair


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Harvard University Press catalogs have been available at Edelweiss since autumn/winter 2012.


Our Editorial Department exhibits books and greets attendees at a variety of academic conferences every year. View a schedule of planned conference appearances.

Contact Us

Your questions and comments are very important to us. Information about the following frequent areas of inquiry as well as email addresses for specific departments can be found on these pages:

For general inquiries not easily placed into one of the above categories, 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: (+1) 617 495 2600

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 | (+1) 401 531 2800
Fax: (800) 406-9145 | (+1) 401 531 2801

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

London Office

For inquiries pertaining to regions outside North and South America

Harvard University Press
8 Coldbath Square
London EC1R 5HL, 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.

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.

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.

We also offer brief excerpts from our books at Medium.

Sustainability Practices and the Green Press Initiative

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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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