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Letter from the Director

In August 2024, the University of Notre Dame Press celebrates 75 years of publishing exceptional books that engage with the most challenging and enduring questions of our times. From its inception in 1949, the Press has encouraged, curated, and disseminated scholarship that has simultaneously drawn from and contributed to the Catholic intellectual tradition. Within years of its founding, the Press broadened its offerings to reflect the academic strengths of the University, particularly in religion, philosophy, medieval studies, mathematics, and international studies. By its 25th anniversary, the Press had built deeply respected lists in religion, philosophy, and theology, and was recognized as a premier publisher of Chicano Studies.

Now in its 75th year, Notre Dame Press has established itself as a leading academic publisher in religion, philosophy, political science, American history, medieval studies, and Latin American studies. The Press has built an intellectually innovative and financially sustainable publishing program, pioneered new educational programming for students and faculty, and expanded the global reach and impact of its publications. In recent years, the Press has strengthened its partnerships within the University and among numerous scholarly communities, filling an essential role in research and communication both on campus and around the world, while also offering educational opportunities and resources to scholars and students to aid them in publishing their work and investigating new career opportunities.

The Press’s past successes are matched only by our ambitions for the future—not content with merely celebrating our achievements this anniversary, we will be introducing our strategic vision for the future direction and aspirations of Notre Dame Press throughout this fall. Just as the University of Notre Dame has committed itself to becoming the leading global Catholic research university, so too is the Press committed to becoming a recognized leader in our core publishing areas. 

As demonstrated in this catalog, we are expanding our publication of insightful, essential books that explore and illuminate some of the most pressing intellectual and moral debates of the modern age, with forthcoming publications on religious persecution, ethics in medicine, and the increasing threats to democracy around the globe. With the expertise of our authors and staff and our solid foundation within the Catholic intellectual tradition, the Press is uniquely poised to publish and promote innovative, significant, and diverse scholarship in the pursuit of greater knowledge and understanding.

I hope you will join us in celebrating the Press’s success over the past 75 years and in cultivating even greater accomplishments in the years to come.

Stephen M. Wrinn
University of Notre Dame Press

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