Columbia University Press

Columbia University Press is a university press based in New York City, and affiliated with Columbia University. It is currently directed by Jennifer Crewe (2014–present) and publishes titles in the humanities and sciences, including the fields of literary and cultural studies, history, social work, sociology, religion, film, and international studies.

Columbia University Press
Parent companyColumbia University
Founded1893 (1893)
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationNew York City
DistributionPerseus Distribution (US)
John Wiley & Sons (Europe, Africa, Asia)[1]
Publication typesBooks
ImprintsWallflower Press
One of the earliest emblems of Columbia University Press


Founded in May 1893,[2] In 1933, the first four volumes of the History of the State of New York were published. In the early 1940s, revenues rises, partially thanks to the Encyclopedia and the government's purchase of 12,500 copies for use by the military.[3]

Columbia University Press is notable for publishing reference works, such as The Columbia Encyclopedia (1935–present), The Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry (online as The Columbia World of Poetry Online) and The Columbia Gazetteer of the World (also online) and for publishing music.[4]

First among American university presses to publish in electronic formats, in 1998 the Press founded an online-only site, Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO),[5] and Columbia Earthscape (in 2009). Their books have been positively reviewed by several notable outlets, including Cleveland Review of Books.[6]


In 2011, Columbia University Press bought UK publisher Wallflower Press.[7]


  1. "For Booksellers". Columbia University Press. Retrieved 2017-11-02.
  2. Jeff Camhi (15 April 2013). A Dam in the River: Releasing the Flow of University Ideas. Algora Publishing. pp. 149–. ISBN 978-0-87586-989-6. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
  3. Wiggins, Henry. Columbia University Press 1893-1983. Columbia University Press. ISBN 978-0231057547.
  4. About Columbia University Press, Retrieved 24 April 2021.
  5. Thompson, John (2005). Books in the Digital Age. Polity. pp. 354–356. ISBN 9780745634784.
  6. "The Where of Grains: On Rob Arnold's "The Terroir of Whiskey"". Cleveland Review of Books. Retrieved 2021-12-07.
  7. "Columbia University Press Acquires Wallflower Press". Publishers Weekly. 2011-06-14. Retrieved 2014-06-26.
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