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Northeastern joins UPNE

Northeastern University Press joined the University Press of New England (UPNE) consortium last month. Richard Abel, Director of UPNE said the press would bring an outstanding record of publishing distinction to the group. Founded in 1970, UPNE is a publisher of scholarly and general interest books supported by a consortium of New England schools and based at Dartmouth. Northeastern is now UPNE's sixth member, and joins Brandeis University, Tufts University, the University of Vermont, the University of New Hampshire and Dartmouth College.

Established in 1977, Northeastern University Press has won widespread recognition for titles in criminal justice, New England studies, ethnic studies and women's studies. The press faced closure last spring because of ongoing losses but Abel explained that joining the consortium will allow the press to continue operations. Northeastern plans four new titles for spring 2005: From Madness to Mutiny: Why Mothers are Running from the Family Courts and What Can Be Done About It (Neustein and Lesher), Boston's Ballparks and Arenas (Foulds), and new paperback editions of Trumbull Park (Brown) and America Without the Death Penalty (Galliher, Koch, Keys, Guess). Northeastern University Press hopes to publish 15 titles per year.

Ahmed Abdelal, Northeastern University's Provost, will join the UPNE Board of Governors, working with Dartmouth Provost Barry Scherr and Professor of English and Director of the Leslie Humanities Center Jonathan Crewe. A member of the Northeastern faculty will also be appointed to the board.

"Northeastern will be an important addition to UPNE," said Abel. "The press brings distinctive strengths in the humanities and social sciences, as well as in African-American and women's literature, and books for the broader public about Boston and New England. Its publishing program is a perfect fit with UPNE's established focus in these areas."

Abel noted that the consortium model for college and university presses is sound business, allowing presses to retain their individual imprints while achieving cost effectiveness.

With sales of over $2.5 million, UPNE was named Publisher of the Year in 2002 by the New England Booksellers Association. It issues some 90 titles annually under the imprints of its member institutions and has been cited as a model of academic publishing by the American Council of Learned Societies.

The Dartmouth College Press imprint consists of more than 100 titles, including many by Dartmouth faculty members. It has also published several series, including The Collected Writings of Rousseau; Re-encounters with Colonialism: New Perspectives on the Americas; and Understanding Science & Technology. Notable Dartmouth College Press titles include The Old American (Hebert), Sick of Nature (Gessner), Writing on Ice (Stefansson), Not Without Love (Webb), The Salt House: A Summer on the Dunes of Cape Cod (Huntington), Amateur Sugar Maker (Perrin), and After King Philip's War (Calloway).

By BARBARA BRIGGS

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Last Updated: 12/17/08