Friday, February 19, 2021

Preserving the University Press of Kansas

Gerard N. Magliocca

A few weeks ago, I received an email explaining that the University Press of Kansas is undergoing an audit that could lead to its closure. I received that email because I published a book with that Press, as others on this blog have. 

I just want to say how strongly I support the mission of the University Press of Kansas. They put out my first book, and in doing so took a chance on an unknown junior scholar. This sort of venue is vital for other junior scholars trying to make their mark. In addition, the Press has a wonderful catalog and expertise in many fields that would be lost with a closure. I hope that the audit will result in reforms that strengthen the financial position of the Press rather than a short-sighted decision to shut the whole thing down.


Gerard is absolutely right. I don't know of any press that has a stronger list of books treating American political thought and American constitutional development. Their now-many books on "great cases" are indispensable for many teachers and their students. It would be an irreplaceable loss to the wing of the American academy represented on this site, as well as non-academic general readers, if the Press were forced to shut down.

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