Cornell University Press

Cornell University Press was established in 1869, giving it the distinction of being the first university press to be established in the United States, although it was inactive for several decades between 1890 and 1930. From that beginning, the Press has grown to be a major scholarly publisher, offering over 100 new titles a year in the humanities and social sciences. Our many books in the life sciences and natural history, including field guides, are published under the Comstock Publishing Associates imprint, and a distinguished list of books in labor and employment relations, the health care professions, and human resources is offered under our ILR Press imprint.


Publishing with Cornell University Press

Cornell University Press publishes nonfiction, with particular strengths in anthropology, Asian studies, biological sciences, classics, history, industrial relations and workplace issues, literary criticism and theory, medieval studies, natural history, New York City and State, politics and international relations, and sociology. Submissions are not invited in poetry or fiction.

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.



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.

The Press's financial department—as well as CUP Services, which handles customer service and distribution not only for the Press but also for other publishers—is located at our Cascadilla Street offices in downtown Ithaca. Staff at both locations may be reached through our Contacts page.