Founded in 1971, Brandeis University Press is a nonprofit publisher dedicated to publishing innovative, high-quality scholarship that advances knowledge and promotes dialogue in the humanities, the arts, and the social sciences. In 2018, Brandeis University Press acquired and is now the sole owner of all titles and copyrights of the University Press of New England.
Brandeis University Press fosters the growth of humanities, arts, and the social, natural, and physical sciences while upholding the principles of social justice, cultural diversity, and intellectual integrity.
We are dedicated to publishing rigorously evaluated works that facilitate meaningful connections between authors and readers in a meaningful exchange of knowledge.
Upholding the highest standards of academic excellence, inclusiveness, and diversity in our publishing endeavors, we reinforce Brandeis University’s commitment to education, research, and civic engagement. By promoting, creating, and distributing works of enduring intellectual and cultural significance, we cater to the needs of scholars, students, and discerning readers across the globe.
Equity and Inclusion
At Brandeis University Press, we are dedicated to fostering a more equitable and inclusive global publishing landscape, recognizing the crucial interventions required to effect transformative change.
We believe that scholarly books and ideas can attain a profound and lasting influence when they involve a wide range of diverse and inclusive voices throughout the publishing process.
Guided by our dedication to social justice, cultural diversity, and intellectual integrity, we endeavor to actively advocate for and uplift these varied voices, guaranteeing the enduring significance of the works we publish and their impact on the academic sphere and beyond. Our endeavors are continuous, and the effectiveness of our efforts will be gauged through their impact.
Who We Are
Sue Berger Ramin
Sue Berger Ramin has worked in book publishing ever since she left university in the UK. Running the Film & TV Department at Penguin Books led her to open an office for Penguin in Los Angeles, where she spent sunny years publishing books, and co-producing two movies. She moved to Boston where she became Associate Publisher at independent David Godine, Publisher (publisher of two Nobel Prize-winners for Literature) before joining Brandeis University Press in 2019. She is excited to be at BUP at a time of expansion for the press, and looks forward to new initiatives, new subjects and, of course, many new books.
Sylvia Fuks Fried
Editorial Director, Brandeis University Press
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Sylvia Fuks Fried has played a role at Brandeis University Press since the mid-1980s. She now serves as editorial director with a special interest in Jewish Studies. She is also executive director of the Tauber Institute at Brandeis and serves as associate editor of the Tauber Institute Series and the Brandeis Library of Modern Jewish Thought.
Coordinator, Brandeis University Press
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Ashley Burns graduated from Ball State University in Indiana in 2021 with a B.A. in English and a minor in marketing, and from Emerson College in 2023 with a M.A. in publishing and writing. She is passionate about literature, education, and the influence of publishing.
Marketing and Publicity Coordinator, Brandeis University Press
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Allison Scharmann is the Marketing and Publicity Coordinator for Brandeis University Press. She graduated from Harvard University in 2021 with an A.B. in Social Studies and English, after which she spent two years working as the events manager at Trident Booksellers and Cafe in Boston. Allison is passionate about literature, journalism, and education access.
Publishing Associate, Brandeis University Press
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Marie Comuzzo is the Publishing Associate at Brandeis University Press, where she has been working since 2021. Her responsibilities include acquisition in Environmental studies and Music, maintaining the Press website, designing promotional material, ensuring accurate metadata for backlists and forthcoming titles. Concurrently, Marie pursues a PhD in Musicology at Brandeis University. Her research critically examines anthropocentrism, focusing on nonhuman musicalities, particularly the relationship between humans and whales.
John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History
Department of History
Edmond J. Safra Professor of Sephardic Studies
Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
Institute for Writing and Rhetoric
Robin Feuer Miller
Edytha Macy Gross Professor of Humanities
Chair, Department of German, Russian, and Asian Languages and Literature
William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History
Department of History
Ex-Officio Board Member
Associate Professor of English
Department of English
Cindy Parks Thomas
Professor and Associate Dean for Research
The Heller School for Social Policy and Management
Senior Editor, New York Review of Books Publishers, Poet
Publishing Professional (Beacon Press)
Director, Princeton University Press
Publishing Professional (WGBH, Houghton Mifflin, Mass Creative), Columnist, and Literary Critic
Owner, The Harvard Bookstore
University Librarian, Brandeis University, Ex-Officio Board Member
Director of Business Development and Trade Strategy, MIT Press
Publishing Professional, Harvard Education Press, WGBH