University of Pennsylvania Press
Parent companyUniversity of Pennsylvania
FoundedMarch 26, 1890
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters location3905 Spruce St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DistributionHopkins Fulfillment Services (the Americas)
Scholarly Book Services (Canada)
Combined Academic Publishers (Europe, Asia, Africa, Australasia)[1]
Publication typesBooks, magazine, journals

The University of Pennsylvania Press, also known as Penn Press, is a university press affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


The Potts House at 3905 Spruce Street in Philadelphia. A mid-nineteenth century villa, it serves as home of the press[2]

The press was originally incorporated with by the Pennsylvania state government on March 26, 1890,[3] and the imprint of the University of Pennsylvania Press first appeared on publications in the 1890s, among the earliest such imprints in America. One of the press's first book publications, published in 1899, was The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study, written by black reformer, scholar, and social critic W. E. B. Du Bois.

University of Pennsylvania Press has an active backlist of roughly 2,000 titles and an annual output of upward of 120 new books in a focused editorial program. It focuses heavily on publishing works related to American history and culture, ancient, medieval, and Renaissance studies, anthropology, landscape architecture, studio arts, human rights, Jewish studies, and political science. The press also publishes 27 peer-reviewed academic journals,[4] mostly in the humanities, and the magazine Dissent.

As of July 2023, Wharton School Press is an imprint of University of Pennsylvania Press.[5][6][7][8]

The University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc. is a nonprofit Pennsylvania corporation wholly owned by the University of Pennsylvania, which maintains nonprofit tax status under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Code.

University of Pennsylvania Press is headquartered at 3905 Spruce Street in Philadelphia. The building housing the press is the former Potts House built by the Wilson Brothers & Company architecture firm in 1876.[9] The house previously served as both the headquarters of International House Philadelphia and WXPN.

See also


  1. ^ Ordering Information
  2. ^ "Spruce Street, 3905 | University of Pennsylvania Facilities and Real Estate Services". Retrieved May 25, 2024.
  3. ^ "University of Pennsylvania Press". De Gruyter. Retrieved June 26, 2020.
  4. ^ "Homepage". Retrieved September 23, 2023.
  5. ^ "Wharton School Press becomes an imprint of the University of Pennsylvania Press". University of Pennsylvania Press. July 11, 2023. Archived from the original on October 26, 2023.
  6. ^ "Wharton School Press Merges with Penn Press". Publishers Weekly. July 11, 2023. Archived from the original on January 28, 2024.
  7. ^ "Wharton School Press Becomes Imprint of Univ. of Pennsylvania Press".
  8. ^ "Imprints: Wharton School Press".
  9. ^ "3905 Spruce Street". University of Pennsylvania Archives and Records Center.