Future Uncertain for Stanford University Press

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Stanford University campus in Stanford, California, 2019. (Photo by: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A controversy is brewing over the future of the Stanford University Press, which has published research in the humanities and social sciences since 1892. Earlier this year, Stanford University turned down a subsidy request from the press, with some in the administration arguing the press should be self-sustaining. But some faculty members say the press is central to Stanford’s academic mission to produce original scholarship, regardless of profitability. We’ll get an update on the controversy. What do you think? Should university presses think about profit in what they choose to publish?


Thomas Mullaney, professor of Chinese History, Stanford University; editor, Stanford University Press "The Chinese Deathscape"

Scott Jaschik, editor, Inside Higher Ed