Cornell University Press

Mission Statement

Cornell University Press fosters a culture of broad and sustained inquiry through the publication of scholarship that is engaged, influential, and of lasting significance.

Established in 1869 as the first American university press, shortly after the founding of Cornell, the press embodies and advances the university's core values by disseminating fundamental and practical knowledge, while commanding its own distinct editorial profile. The press, as part of a land-grant institution, is also dedicated to transforming research into publications that reach and benefit the wider public.

Works published under its imprints reflect a commitment to excellence through rigorous evaluation, skillful editing, thoughtful design, strategic marketing, and global outreach.


Publishing with Cornell University Press

Cornell University Press publishes nonfiction, with particular strengths in anthropology, Asian studies, classics, geography, higher education, history (U.S., European, Asian, and military), literary and cultural studies, medieval studies, New York City and State, politics and international relations, Slavic studies, sociology, and urban studies.

Under the press's ILR Press imprint, we publish books in labor relations, class and workplace issues, and health care policy. Books in the life sciences, environmental studies, and natural history are published under our Comstock Publishing Associates imprint. And under our Southeast Asia Program (SEAP) Publications imprint, we publish books on Southeast Asian history, culture, and society, as well as the journal Indonesia.

For information on submitting proposals for publication consideration, click here.

To see our guidelines for manuscript preparation for projects already under contract, click here.



Ebook editions of almost all Cornell titles published since 2011 are available to individuals through the following vendors: Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble Nook, Cafe Scribe, Google Play, Kobo, and Yuzu. Our digital editions are also available via the following institutional platforms: Books@JSTOR, deGruyter, Ebrary, EBSCO, MyILibrary, Oxford Scholarship Online, and Project MUSE. We are regularly converting select backlist titles into ebooks, and we are in the process of updating our website to reflect which titles are also available as ebooks.



Cornell University press offers unpaid internships in the Acquisitions and Marketing departments throughout the year. Responsibilities in Acquisitions will include prepping manuscripts for production, updating the press-wide database, and conducting sales research for potential editorial projects. In Marketing, interns have a wide range of tasks related to the promotion and sales of our titles.
For internships in the Acquisitions department, please send a cover letter and resume to Ellen Murphy, Acquisitions Assistant, at

For internships in the Marketing department, please send a cover letter and resume to Martyn Beeny, Director of Marketing, at

Please note that the deadlines for applications are as follows:

•summer internships: March 1

•fall internships: July 1

•spring internships: October 1


Our Offices

Since early 1993, the acquisitions, editorial, production, and marketing departments of the Press have been located in Sage House, where the staff keeps company with the house's carved bats and stained-glass birds. Sage House was built in the 1880s by Henry Williams Sage, then chairman of the University's Board of Trustees, and was designed by William Henry Miller, the architect later responsible for many important buildings on the Cornell campus. Contractor and chief mason were master craftsmen who had come to Ithaca from England, bringing old-world skills to the construction of the early campus.



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