Cornell University Press

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, education, geography, history, literary studies, medieval studies, New York City and State, politics and international relations, sociology, and urban studies.

Under the press's ILR Press imprint, we publish books in labor relations, workplace issues, and health care policy. Books in the life sciences, environmental studies, and natural history are published under our Comstock Publishing Associates imprint.

For initial submissions, please send a proposal describing your project, a table of contents, at least one sample chapter, and a copy of your C.V. Please also include information about length (in numbers of words or double-spaced manuscript pages), intended audience, and plans for illustrations. If your manuscript is currently under consideration by another press, please include that information in your letter to us. Please see our author guidelines for more information on manuscript preparation.

If you are not currently working with one of our acquisitions editors, please refer to the Acquisitions section of the Contacts page of this website for a list of our editors and their areas of expertise. Submissions are not invited in poetry or fiction.



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, Ebrary, EBSCO, MyILibrary, 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.


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.