University of Utah Press

The University of Utah Press is the independent publishing branch of the University of Utah and is a division of the J. Willard Marriott Library. Founded in 1949 by A. Ray Olpin, it is also the oldest university press in Utah.[2] The mission of the press is to "publish and disseminate scholarly books in selected fields, as well as other printed and recorded materials of significance to Utah, the region, the country, and the world."[3]

University of Utah Press
University of Utah Press logo with Defiance House Man, which is based upon a four-foot-tall ancient Puebloan pictograph near Glen Canyon, Utah.
Parent companyJ. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah
FounderA. Ray Olpin
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationSalt Lake City, Utah
DistributionChicago Distribution Center[1]
Publication typesBooks

The University of Utah Press publishes in the following general subject areas: anthropology, archaeology, Mesoamerican studies, American Indian studies, natural history, nature writing, poetry, Utah and Western history, Mormon studies, Utah and regional guidebooks, and regional titles.[4] The press employs seven people full-time[3] and publishes 25 to 35 titles per year. The press has over 450 books currently in print.[5]


The University of Utah Press awards five annual or biennial prizes for scholarly and/or literary manuscripts.

  • The Wallace Stegner Prize in Environmental or American Western History[6]
    • 2010: Frederick H. Swanson, The Bitterroot and Mr. Brandborg: Clearcutting and the Struggle for Sustainable Forestry in the Northern Rockies[7]
  • The Juanita Brooks Prize in Mormon Studies[8]
    • 2015: Matthew Garrett, Making Lamanites: Mormons, Native Americans, and the Indian Student Placement Program, 1947-2000
    • 2013: Todd M. Compton, A Frontier Life: Jacob Hamblin, Explorer and Indian Missionary
  • The Don D. and Catherine S. Fowler Prize for anthropology and archaeology[9]
    • 2010: Scott G. Ortman, Winds from the North: Tewa Origins and Historical Anthropology
    • 2009: Phil R. Geib, Foragers and Farmers of the Northern Kayenta: Excavations along the Navajo Mountain Road
  • The Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize[10] Prizewinners are listed below according to year.[11]
    • 2010: Jennifer Perrine, In the Human Zoo
    • 2009: Jon Wilkins, Transistor Rodeo
    • 2008: Jessica Garratt, Fire Pond
    • 2007: Susan McCabe, Descartes' Nighmare
    • 2006: Jane Springer, Dear Blackbirds
    • 2005: Bino Realuyo, The Gods We Worship Live Next Door
    • 2004: Jacqueline Berger, Things That Burn
    • 2003: Ann Lauinger, Persuasions of Fall


  • University of Utah Anthropological Papers

This series is

"a medium for reporting to interested scholars and the people of Utah research in anthropology and allied sciences bearing upon the peoples and cultures of the Great Basin and the West. They include, first, specialized and technical record reports on Great Basin archeology, ethnology, linguistics, and physical anthropology, and second, more general articles on anthropological discoveries, problems, and interpretations bearing upon the western region, from the High Plains to the Pacific Coast, insofar as they are relevant to human and cultural relations in the Great Basin and surrounding areas."[12]

The first Anthropological Paper was published in 1950 and new books continue to be published through the present.[13]

This annual lecture series was established by philanthropist Obert Clark Tanner with the hope that the "lectures will contribute to the intellectual and moral life of mankind."[14] Lecturers from a variety of cultures and fields are chosen on the basis of their leadership, integrity, and commitment to human values. The lectures consider the relationships between scientific and scholarly advancements and moral values and are published in an annual volume by the University of Utah Press.[14] Past lecturers include: E. O. Wilson, Carlos Fuentes, Freeman Dyson, Paul Farmer, Steven Pinker, and Toni Morrison.[15]

  • Utah Series in Middle East Studies

Originally named the Utah Series in Turkish and Islamic Studies, this series now has a broader focus to publish books in the area of history, politics, and society of the Middle East. M. Hakan Yavuz is the Series Editor.[16] The first book published by the series was Guenter Lewy's The Armenian Massacres in Ottoman Turkey: A Disputed Genocide in 2006; the book had previously been rejected by eleven publishers including four university presses. Since then, the series published many other works that seek to reject the historical consensus that the Armenian genocide was a genocide, by such authors as Justin McCarthy, Edward J. Erickson, and Yücel Güçlü. These books have been criticized for methodological flaws and factual errors.[17][18][19]


  1. "Publishers served by the Chicago Distribution Center". University of Chicago Press. Retrieved 2017-09-12.
  2. Garrett, Anna Lee. The University of Utah Press, 1949–1976. MA thesis. University of Utah, Salt Lake City, 1976. Print.
  3. "About the Press". University of Utah Press. 2011-06-28.
  4. "Subject categories". University of Utah Press. 2011-06-28.
  5. "Book Collection". University of Utah Press. 2011-06-28.
  6. "Stegner Prize in Environmental or American Western History". Wallace Retrieved 2011-07-05.
  7. "Brandborgs recognized for conservation work in Bitterroots". Ravalli Republic. Retrieved 2011-07-05.
  8. "Juanita Brooks Prize in Mormon Studies". University of Utah Press. 2011-06-28.
  9. "Don D. & Catherine S. Fowler Prize". University of Utah Press. 2011-06-29.
  10. "Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize". Poets & Writers. Retrieved 2011-07-05.
  11. "Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize". University of Utah Press. 2011-06-29.
  12. Anthropological Papers, numbers 1–9. Department of Anthropology, University of Utah. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1950. Preface.
  13. "Anthropological Papers". University of Utah Press. 2011-06-29.
  14. "The Lectures". University of Utah. 2011-06-29.
  15. "Tanner Lecture Library". University of Utah. 2011-06-29.
  16. "Utah Series in Middle East Studies". University of Utah Press. 2011-10-03.
  17. Dr Andrekos Varnava, review of Armenians and the Allies in Cilicia, 1914–1923, (review no. 1419)
  18. Hovannisian, Richard G. (2015). "Denial of the Armenian Genocide 100 Years Later: The New Practitioners and Their Trade". Genocide Studies International. 9 (2): 228–247. doi:10.3138/gsi.9.2.04.
  19. Suny, Ronald Grigor (2015). "They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else": A History of the Armenian Genocide. Princeton University Press. p. 375. ISBN 978-1-4008-6558-1. In the past ten years a more sophisticated neo-denialism has emerged, which elaborates the argument that the Armenians were involved in insurrectionary activity that necessitated a counterinsurgency response from the Young Turk government. A number of authors have worked with Professor M. Hakan Yavuz and published works with the University of Utah Press. While there are differences in emphasis and interpretation among their works, these writers are to a large degree sympathetic to the defensive attitudes of Turkish government and military officials, favor evidence and accounts exculpatory of the Young Turk policies, and emphatically reject the notion of genocidal intention.
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