About us

Founded in 1971, Brandeis University Press is a nonprofit publisher dedicated to publishing innovative, high-quality books for a general audience, as well as scholarship that advances knowledge and promotes dialogue in the humanities, arts, and social sciences around the world. In 2021, 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 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 an exchange of knowledge. We are also dedicated to publish excellent books for a general readership which redound to the credit of the university.

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.

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

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Sue Berger Ramin

Director, Brandeis University Press
781-736-3870 | sueramin@brandeis.edu | Goldfarb 69-235

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.

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Sylvia Fuks Fried

Editorial Director, Brandeis University Press
781-736-2127 | fuks@brandeis.edu | Lown 305

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.

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Ashley Burns

Coordinator, Brandeis University Press
781-736-4547 | ashleyburns@brandeis.edu | Goldfarb 69-235

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.

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Allison Scharmann

Marketing and Publicity Coordinator, Brandeis University Press
781-736-4682 | ajscharmann@brandeis.edu | Goldfarb 69-235

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.

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Marie Comuzzo

Publishing Associate, Brandeis University Press
203-715-9818 | mariecomuzzo@brandeis.edu | Goldfarb 69-235

Marie Comuzzo is the Publishing Associate at Brandeis University Press, where they have 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. 

Beth Fong

Senior Budget and HR Administrator
781-736-4030 | bfong@brandeis.edu

Editorial Board

Omer Bartov
John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History
Department of History
Brown University

Jonathan Decter
Edmond J. Safra Professor of Sephardic Studies
Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
Brandeis University

Phyllis Deutsch
Institute for Writing and Rhetoric
Dartmouth College

Robin Feuer Miller
Edytha Macy Gross Professor of Humanities
Chair, Department of German, Russian, and Asian Languages and Literature
Brandeis University

Derek Penslar
William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History
Department of History
Harvard University

Matthew Sheehy
University Librarian
Brandeis University
Ex-Officio Board Member

David Sherman
Associate Professor of English
Department of English
Brandeis University

Cindy Parks Thomas
Professor and Associate Dean for Research
The Heller School for Social Policy and Management
Brandeis University

Advisory Board

Susan Barba
Senior Editor, New York Review of Books Publishers

Betsy Groban
Publishing Professional (WGBH, Houghton Mifflin, Mass Creative), Columnist, and Literary Critic

Tom Hallock
Publishing Professional (Beacon Press)

Christie Henry
Director, Princeton University Press

Jeffrey Mayersohn
Owner, The Harvard Bookstore

Matthew Sheehy
University Librarian, Brandeis University, Ex-Officio Board Member

Bill Smith
Director of Business Development and Trade Strategy, MIT Press

Caroline Chauncey
Publishing Professional, Harvard Education Press, WGBH