University of California Press

University of California Press, one of the most distinguished university presses in the United States, enriches lives around the world by advancing scholarship in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Its activities are supported by the UC Press Foundation and by philanthropic contributions from individuals and institutions.

Company details

155 Grand Avenue, Suite 400 , Oakland , California 94612–3758 USA

Locations Served

Business Type:
Publishing company
Industry Type:
Publishing / Media / Marketing
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

University of California Press is one of the most forward-thinking scholarly publishers in the nation. For more than 100 years, it has championed work that influences public discourse and challenges the status quo in multiple fields of study. At a time of dramatic change for publishing and scholarship, we collaborate with scholars, librarians, authors, and students to stay ahead of today’s knowledge demands and shape the future of publishing.

The Press At A Glance
  • Nonprofit publishing arm of the University of California system
  • 25% of University of California Press authors are affiliated with the University of California
  • Publishes on average 175 new books and 30 multi-issue journals in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences
  • Maintains approximately 4,000 book titles in print
  • Publisher of Collabra and Luminos Open Access (OA) initiatives launching in 2015


To drive progressive change by seeking out and cultivating the brightest minds and giving them voice, reach, and impact.

How We Deliver
  • Identify the stories, trends, and research that fill knowledge gaps, and the right scholars and thought leaders to address them
  • Collaborate with partners to evolve innovative ways of sharing and delivering content
  • Explore new avenues to keep scholarly work accessible and relevant in an increasingly dynamic digital space
Organization & Leadership

UC Press functions as a unit of the Office of the President, University of California.

Director: Alison Mudditt
Headquarters: Oakland, California
Business and distribution services:

  • California/Princeton Fulfillment Services, Ewing, New Jersey
  • European marketing and distribution services in cooperation with Columbia and Princeton University Presses

UC Press Board of Directors: Provides financial oversight and includes leaders from business, publishing, and executive offices of the University of California Office of the President.

Editorial Committee: Approves every manuscript for publication and includes eminent faculty members representing all University campuses.

UC Press Foundation Board of Trustees: Raises funds on behalf of UC Press and includes distinguished volunteers active in the cultural communities of Northern and Southern California.

A Skeptic Among Scholars

August Frugé
When August Frugé joined the University of California Press in 1944, it was part of the University's printing department, publishing a modest number of books a year, mainly monographs by UC faculty members. When he retired as director 32 years later, the Press had been transformed into one of the largest, most distinguished university presses in the country, publishing more than 150 books annually in fields ranging from ancient history to contemporary film criticism, by notable authors from all over the world. August Frugé's memoir provides an exciting intellectual and topical story of the building of this great press.

The University of California Press

Albert Muto
In 1893, when the University of California was just twenty-five years old, its governing board took a bold step in voting the money to set up a publishing program for the works of its faculty. In this book, published to commemorate the centennial of the University of California Press, Albert Muto chronicles the early history of the Press, from its beginnings as a printer of monographs by the University's own faculty to its emergence in the early 1950s as a full-fledged university press in the Oxbridge tradition.

UC Press Books on the University of California

Reflections on the University of California
Neil J. Smelser
These invaluable essays offer an insider's perspective on three decades at a major American university during a time of political turmoil. Neil J. Smelser, who spent thirty-six years as a professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, sheds new light on a full range of the issues that dominated virtually all institutions of higher learning during the second half of the twentieth century. Smelser considers student activism - in particular the Free Speech Movement at Berkeley - political surprises, affirmative action, multiculturalism and the culture wars, and much more.