Peter Dougherty on The Global University Press

Peter Dougherty, director of Princeton University Press and newly appointed president of the Association of American University Presses, wrote a piece for The Chronicle of Higher Education this week:

Back in the 60s, an academic in New Delhi, on being introduced to the president of Princeton, greeted him politely by asking if his employer had any connection with Princeton University Press. Such was the reputation of a single American university press and its books at a time not so long ago.

The modern world’s understanding of itself has long been shaped by university-press books—whether Albert Einstein’s The Meaning of Relativity or Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Paul Samuelson’s Foundations of Economic Analysis or Carol Gilligan’s In a Different Voice, John Rawls’s A Theory of Justice or Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s The Signifying Monkey, Camille Paglia’s Sexual Personae or Robert Shiller’s Irrational Exuberance. And as the India story suggests, American university-press books are good international advertisements for the universities whose logos grace their spines…

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