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Penn State University Press
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationUniversity Park, Pennsylvania
DistributionSelf-distributed (US and most of world)
University of Toronto Press (Canada)
NBN International (Europe)
MHM (Japan)
Footprint Books (Australia)[1]
Publication typesBooks, Academic journals
ImprintsEisenbrauns, Graphic Mundi

The Penn State University Press, also known as The Pennsylvania State University Press, is a non-profit publisher of scholarly books and journals. Established in 1956, it is the independent publishing branch of the Pennsylvania State University and is a division of the Penn State University Library system.

Penn State University Press publishes books and journals of interest to scholars and general audiences. As a part of a land-grant university with a mandate to serve the citizens of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it also specializes in works about Penn State University, Pennsylvania, and the mid-Atlantic region. The areas of scholarship the Press is best known for are art history, medieval studies, Latin American studies, rhetoric and communication, religious studies, and graphic medicine.[2][3]

The press produces about 80 books a year and over 60 journals. The Press employs 25 to 30 people, and has several internship programs for Penn State students interested in a publishing career.


The first book published by Penn State University Press was Penn State Yankee: The Autobiography of Fred Lewis Pattee, the autobiography of a noted Penn State faculty member who was the first professor of American literature in the United States.[4]

In 2016 the Press launched PSU Press Unlocked, an open-access platform featuring over 70 books and journals. The Press acquired academic publisher Eisenbrauns, which specializes in ancient Near East and biblical studies, in November 2017.[5] Eisenbrauns continues to publish as an imprint of the Press. In 2021, the Press launched the Graphic Mundi graphic novel imprint.[6]

Notable titles


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  1. ^ "Ordering from PSU Press". Retrieved 2017-11-12.
  2. ^ Eckstein, Joe (Mar 22, 2021). "How Penn State University Press tackled the coronavirus pandemic through comics". Daily Collegian.
  3. ^ Alverson, Brigid (Oct 7, 2020). "PSU Press Launches Graphic Mundi Imprint". Publishers Weekly. The new imprint will build on the press's Graphic Medicine series...
  4. ^ "Pattee, Fred Lewis". Penn State Libraries. Pennsylvania State University. Archived from the original on 26 July 2014. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  5. ^ Jaschik, Scott (October 17, 2017). "Penn State Press Acquires Eisenbrauns". Inside Higher Ed.
  6. ^ "Penn State University Press announces Graphic Mundi imprint | Penn State University".