Testimonials

University presses have a broad influence in society, and their value is recognized by scholars, writers, booksellers, policy shapers, and public intellectuals of all kinds. The following testimonials show that recognition in these individuals' own words. 

Read a special message from former US President Jimmy Carter on University Presses and University Press Week 2012

"I'm proud to join AAUP in celebrating University Press Week because scholars and students, professors and public servants, citizens and communities rely on university presses to connect with one another. By sharing new ideas and challenging old assumptions, university presses – including Ohio's own university presses – connect citizens with one another and give us the tools needed to strengthen our democracy."
—Senator Sherrod Brown, Ohio

"As we learned in grade school, 'reading is fundamental,' and we appreciate that University Presses keep that fundamental alive. This 75th anniversary of AAUP gives us the chance to say how much we value their services to the academic community. University Presses publish work of scholarly, intellectual, and creative merit, often for specialists and small but loyal regional audiences. These services are essential to free speech and a free press, as well as to the health of universities and the academic community."
—Orville Vernon Burton, president, Southern Historical Association

"As the Association of American University Presses celebrates its 75th anniversary, Fordham University joins in honoring a rich history of committed leadership and collaborative service to the academy and to society. Fordham University Press has partnered with AAUP since 1938 to advance academic excellence in the full pursuit of truth and to enrich public discourse through the dissemination of scholarly research of the highest quality across the disciplines. We look forward to our work with the AAUP to engage evolving challenges and opportunities for university presses in the decades ahead."
—Stephen Freedman, Provost, Fordham University

"...Wayne State University Press is essential to the literature of our beautiful and socially rich state ...The press has satisfied a need not filled by any other publisher."
—Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of American Salvage (WSUP) and Once Upon a River (Norton)

"University presses have a special role to play because of their close connection to their academic institutions and the values which they share with them. This gives them a particular role in disseminating knowledge in their own country, region and local language, as well as internationally. They are an integral part of the scholarly community and the global knowledge economy."
—YS Chi, President, International Publishers Association, and Chairman, Elsevier Management Committee

"Driven by the mission of promoting and preserving scholarship, university presses play a key role in disseminating a full range of research, intellectual endeavor, and artistic creativity that's undertaken in educational and cultural organizations around the world. Ingram is a long time supporter of the great work of the AAUP and university presses globally, and we are proud to join AAUP in celebrating University Press Week."
—Kelly Gallagher, Vice President of Content Acquisition, Ingram Content Group

"University presses provide American citizens and their leaders a wealth of authoritative knowledge and fresh insights on the nations, economies, cultures, and beliefs of virtually every corner of the world. They also advance in-depth understanding of our own country—the political, social, and cultural heritage of virtually every region, population group, and issue in America, past and present. University presses cover it all, and all of us benefit from their work."
—Dr. Robert A. Gates, former Secretary of Defense, former CIA director, and former president of Texas A&M University

"What words to describe the university press? Patient, ambitious, demanding, sustaining, generous, utterly essential. Serious thinking is unimaginable without it."
—William Germano, Dean of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Cooper Union

"The role of the university press in the life of book publishing—indeed the life of the mind—has never been more crucial. University presses provide the reading public with access to ideas and talents that would otherwise remain unheard and unread. These brave presses defy marketplace trends to champion good books by good authors, and increasingly publish them as lovingly and skillfully as any commercial house.  As an author who publishes with commercial and university presses alike, I am proud to be affiliated with organizations and editors that take such exquisite care in promoting quality and innovation in my field of American history. UNC, Harvard, LSU, Kansas, Southern Illinois, and Fordham have all been second homes to me—and I hope, as well, for discriminating readers determined to seek out wisdom from the past that can inform the present and inspire the future."
—Harold Holzer, Senior Vice President, External Affairs, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

"The immensely diverse group of American university presses constantly bring the qualities of discovery and excitement to the world of reading, and form the nerve center in the biology of a bookstore like ours. Books on the history and culture of our region, beautiful art books, novels that commercial houses find too risky to publish (but sometimes win a Pulitzer Prize), important new poetry, literature in translation, affordable paperbacks of forgotten backlist, the cutting edge of scholarship and new critical perspectives— skillfully and beautifully designed, judiciously selected and carefully edited, competently presented to our bookstore and to the reading public—all are essential to the character of our store, and a major reason why American publishing continues to be recognized throughout the world for excellence."
—Richard Howorth, Square Books, Oxford, MS

"As friends in the literary and free expression communities, PEN salutes the Association of American University Presses on its 75th Anniversary. The place of a university press helps ensure that books of learning and discovery, translation and history, analysis and imagination, will find a home which may not be available in the commercial world. In the many arenas of publishing, may the university presses long be sustained in their important imprint, their calling, and their accomplishments."
—Steven Isenberg, Executive Director, PEN American Center

"Where would readers be without University Presses? Where would booksellers be?  Just in this year, 10% of titles appearing on the Long List for the SIBA Book Awards were from University Presses, and they made up 12% of the Short List! University Press titles penetrate particularly in the area of nonfiction. SIBA members rely on University Presses to provide quality publications with a commitment to regional subjects and scholarly content. We appreciate University Presses' relationships with authors and booksellers alike."
—Wanda Jewell, Executive Director, Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA)

"University presses not only provide the only outlet for those who produce serious scholarship in history, the humanities and the social sciences, they provide an opportunity for innovative manuscripts written by people outside of universities to see the light of day. I have not only published two historical works and a memoir with a university press, I have helped two authors, one a public school teacher, the other a professional basketball player turned banker, publish extremely well received memoirs that commercial publishers would have never invested in. University presses keep serious intellectual discourse alive in a nation where the profit motive holds greater and greater sway."
—Mark D. Naison, Professor of African American Studies and History, Fordham University, and Principal Investigator, Bronx African American History Project

"University Presses have a unique and sustaining value in shaping, representing, and communicating the best of academic research to a broad public. All academics have a stake in their success."
—James J. O'Donnell, Provost, Georgetown University

"It's hard to overestimate the role that university presses now play in American intellectual life. The commercial presses have continued to shrink, and they no longer seem terribly interested in poetry or scholarly writing of any kind. In the twenty-first century, the university press has become the most vital link between educated readers and thinkers. I can't emphasize more strongly the role these presses play in a world of shrinking resources. If we are to have a life of the mind, we need carriers of this life. University presses perform that essential function."
—Jay Parini, poet, novelist, and biographer

"University presses are among the unacknowledged teachers of mankind, their books not simply preserving thought but awakening readers, harrowing minds, and sowing beginnings."
—Sam Pickering, literary scholar and essayist

"Creativity, passion, and the urge for expression inspire scientists, artists, and humanists. University presses are a conduit for our scholarly communications to colleagues and to the general reader."
—Bassam Shakhashiri, President, American Chemical Society

"Is it time for the monks to start packing their books and retiring into monasteries? Everywhere we look, once-proud commercial publishers are compromising their standards and abandoning their editorial function, once the glory of American publishing. This leaves the university presses as the major redoubt for serious bookmen, and bookwomen. Happily, a part of the public understand this, and is increasingly prepared to check what the academic publishers are issuing. Here, at least, is real hope for the future of the book and of reading in America. If the university presses succeed in their mission, it may not be necessary for the monks to start packing after all."
—Fred Starr, Senior Research Professor, Johns Hopkins University SAIS

"Like other authors of historical works, it was a university press, in my case, Louisiana State University Press, that I found uniquely able to provide the informed research and editing required for my Asia reportage. By fostering university presses, AAUP provides indispensable means for publication of the broad range of books which our society requires."
—Seymour Topping, author, former administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes, and former managing editor of the New York Times

"During over twenty years as a buyer at Ingram Content Group, I have repeatedly witnessed the university press publishing mission fulfilled. For any news event, social movement, world change, or scientific breakthrough, everyone looks first to university press authors and publications for background, for analysis and authoritative information. University press publishing is vibrant and vital to the understanding of our global society."
—Ron Watson, Lead Buyer (retired), University Press Group, Ingram Book Company

"University presses serve an invaluable function in bringing titles to the public that have a small but intense readership, works of scholarly or artistic interest. In addition, university presses keep their books in print for a long time, unlike commercial houses. The University of Wisconsin's lesbian and gay list, mainly of biographies and autobiographies, has helped me immensely in my work."
—Edmund White, novelist