Established in 1949, the University of Notre Dame Press is the largest Catholic university press in the world, and a scholarly publisher of distinguished books in a number of academic disciplines; in poetry and fiction; and in areas of interest to general readers. The Press publishes forty to fifty books annually and maintains a robust backlist in print.
Located on the University of Notre Dame campus, the Press is a publishing partner with several university departments, programs, and institutes. Through those efforts, it extends the reach and reputation of the University while fulfilling its charge to advance intellectual exploration and knowledge.
The Press’s imprint is overseen by an editorial board comprised of scholars from a variety of university departments. New titles are approved by the board after a rigorous process of peer review.
The Press has long offered books in a number of series. To view the list of series in which we actively acquire, please click Series
The Press’s editorial program focuses primarily on the humanities and traditional social sciences with concentrations in religion, theology, philosophy, ethics, history and philosophy of science, political science and theory, medieval and early modern studies, Irish and Irish American studies, African American studies, Latin American studies, Latino studies, peace studies and international relations, literary criticism, and original short fiction and poetry. We do not invite submissions in the hard sciences, mathematics, or novel-length fiction.
For more information on our editorial program and acquisitions, and for information on submitting a proposal, please see our For Authors page
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UNDP and the Green Press Initiative
As a publisher of books, the University of Notre Dame Press is especially aware of the impact of publishing on the environment, particularly regarding the use of wood fiber as a source of book paper. In an effort to reduce our use of virgin fiber, we have joined other U.S. publishers in the Green Press Initiative (GPI). GPI is a nonprofit organization working to help publishers and printers increase their use of recycled paper and decrease their use of fiber derived from endangered forests. By signing the GPI’s Book Industry Treatise on Responsible Paper Use in 2006, UNDP agreed to increase our use of recycled paper containing at least 30% post-consumer waste, from current levels to a 30% average overall by 2011.
The Green Press Initiative’s mission is to work with publishers, industry stakeholders, and authors to create paper-use transformations that will conserve natural resources and preserve endangered forests. To learn more about this worthy organization, click here .
Read our Model Letter of Commitment to this initiative, (pdf).
Association of American University Presses
The Press is a member of the Association of American University Presses (AAUP), an organization of nonprofit scholarly publishers located in the United States, Canada, and abroad who publish high-quality books, journals, and electronic media for educated readers. To explore AAUP’s public resource called Books for Understanding a listing of books published by member presses that address topical issues click here
The University of Notre Dame Press partners with ebrary, a leading vendor of e-books to the library community. ebrary boasts the most comprehensive and current selection of scholarly e-books from leading publishers. We continue to offer our digital books for inclusion in this valuable resource for the library community.
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University Press Content Consortium (UPCC)
The University of Notre Dame Press participates in the University Press Content Consortium (UPCC), a part of Project MUSE. UPCC Book Collections provide libraries, researchers, and students with access to high quality book-length scholarship, fully integrated with MUSE’s well-established electronic journal collections.
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The Press partners with departments, programs, and institutes at the University of Notre Dame by publishing work produced by their affiliated scholars and writers. Here are some of the institutional partners with whom the Press works, as well as their respective publication series (where applicable):
The Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies is an interdisciplinary project devoted to teaching and research in Irish culture in all its internal and external relations. Established in 1993 under the intellectual leadership of Professor Seamus Deane, the Institute continues to publish leading volumes in Irish Studies through the Notre Dame Press.
Inaugurated in 2010, the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS) supports research that is directed toward, or extends inquiry to include, ultimate questions and questions of value, especially as they engage the Catholic intellectual tradition. The Press is proud to serve as the NDIAS’s publishing partner.
The Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies
The Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies aims to advance investigation in comparative international studies. It promotes international research by attracting faculty, students, and visitors to the university and by providing them with a supportive community of scholarship.
In 1985, the Press and the Kellogg Institute launched a joint monograph series intended to increase the impact of Institute Fellows’ research. Recognized as a presence in scholarly publishing on Latin America, the monograph series includes more than thirty volumes, with several volumes forthcoming.
The Contemporary European Politics and Society series focuses the lens of Kellogg’s comparative social science themes on Europe by showcasing outstanding research related to the continent as it pursues further unification and integration. Published by the Press, the series combines scholarship from the past (through reprints of seminal texts) and leading-edge research from young scholars.
The William & Katherine Devers Program in Dante Studies
The William & Katherine Devers Program in Dante Studies supports rare book acquisitions in the John A. Zahm, C.S.C., Dante Collection, as well as teaching and research about Dante across the Arts & Letters curriculum. The Program also sponsors conferences, fellowships, lecture series, seminars, and visiting professorships, as well as publication of scholarly research through the Devers Series in Dante Studies, published regularly by the Press. Scholarship in the series represents a wide variety of disciplinary viewpoints, in diverse scholarly genres, including critical studies, commentaries, editions, translations, and conference proceedings of exceptional importance.
The Medieval Institute
Founded in 1946, the Medieval Institute coordinates the teaching and research of the largest contingent of medievalists of any North American university. Faculty and students explore together the cultures and experiences of the peoples of the Arab, Jewish, Latin, and Orthodox medieval worlds.
The Press publishes the Conway Lectures, delivered by a scholar under the auspices of the Institute.
In addition, the Institute places books in two other series published by the Press:
The Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
Founded in 1986 through a generous gift from the late Joan B. Kroc, the Kroc Institute conducts research, education, and outreach programs on the causes of violence and the conditions for sustainable peace. The Institute’s research agenda focuses on the religious and ethnic dimensions of conflict and peacebuilding; the ethics of the use of force; and the peacemaking role of international norms, policies, and institutions. In addition to individual research by faculty in a wide range of disciplines, the Institute organizes collaborative research projects on these themes.
One of the Institute’s collaborative research projects resulted in four volumes published by the Press.
The Press continues to publish research conducted by Kroc faculty in the following series:
Institute for Latino Studies
The Institute for Latino Studies (ILS) was founded in 1999 to promote understanding and appreciation of the Latino experience in the United States through research, education, and outreach. Meeting its mission to foster scholarship by and about Latinos and the issues that affect them, ILS collaborates with the Press by publishing work on the cutting edge of scholarship, general works that can be used as college textbooks, and reprints of classics. -
Titles in the new Latino Perspectives series address issues in the areas of spirituality and religion; border affairs, immigration, and globalization; Latino arts and culture; and social sciences and public policy, among others.
Letras Latinas, the literary program of ILS, seeks to enhance the visibility, appreciation, and study of Latino literature both on and off the campus of the University of Notre Dame. As one of its initiatives, the Andres Montoya Poetry Prize supports the work of emerging Latino/a poets. Launched in 2004 and the only initiative of its kind in the United States, this first-book prize is awarded every other year to a poet whose work is then published by the Press.
Sponsored by the Department of English, the Ward-Phillips Lectures are delivered annually by a prominent scholar invited by the department. The Press publishes some of the lectures in this series. To learn about upcoming Ward-Phillips Lectures, please visit the Department of English site.
The Press publishes the winning manuscripts of two creative writing contests administered by the Creative Writing Program (CWP) at the University of Notre Dame. The Ernest Sandeen Prize in Poetry and the Richard Sullivan Prize in Short Fiction are awarded to authors who have published at least one volume of short fiction or one volume of poetry, respectively. Both the Sandeen and Sullivan Prizes are awarded biannually, but judged quadrennially.
Please see the contest guidelines and submission dates at the CWP site:
The Notre Dame Review Book Prize is a first volume prize, awarded to an author who has published fiction (or poetry) in the Notre Dame Review.
The Center is committed to advancing knowledge of science and technology as human, knowledge-producing endeavors; and of the variety of ways these rapidly changing institutions affect and are, in turn, influenced by society at large. Through conferences and publications emphasizing the complementary roles of scientific, technological, ethical, and theological perspectives, the Center seeks to disseminate outstanding work reflecting the vital interplay of these viewpoints. See the Press’s publications originating at the Center:
Work at the Center is inspired by the Catholic intellectual tradition and moral vision embodied in the Augustinian/Thomistic tradition, which itself has been forged through dialogue between the developing Christian community and other moral and political traditions.
Volumes in this series embody the Center’s two basic principles: first, by showing how systematic and rational discussion of ethical problems must be grounded in traditions of thought and practice; and second, by showing how the resources of our own tradition can be brought to bear upon particular ethical problems.
Texts in this series contain contributions by philosophers, theologians, and medical caregivers working on medical issues related to the Center’s mission.
Founded in 1957, the Jacques Maritain Center ensures that the spirit of Jacques Maritain remains alive at Notre Dame through its work of preserving and archiving materials and sponsoring a number of meetings and lectures devoted to the thought of Maritain.
The Press is committed to publishing the collected works of Jacques Maritain. To see the volumes currently available, please click here:
The Press regularly exhibits at scholarly conferences.
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We distribute a Fall and Spring seasonal catalog every year and direct mail catalogs throughout the year. To read our most recent seasonal catalog, click on catalogs .