JHU Press Announcements

Kathleen Keane, director of JHU Press for past 13 years, to retire

by jmh | Friday, February 3, 2017 - 9:41 AM

Kathleen Keane, who has served as director of the Johns Hopkins University Press since 2004 and led its transition into the digital publishing age, will retire on April 14. Read more about the announcement here.

Peter Hotez—Miami Steps Up Mosquito Control Efforts After Suspected Zika Cases

by krm | Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 3:38 PM

Author Peter Hotez was interviewed this week on NPR's "All Things Considered" discussing Miami's struggle against the Zika virus. His book, Blue Marble Health: An Innovative Plan to Fight Diseasesof the Poor amid Wealth comes out September 2016.

In the News - Naunihal Singh

by krm | Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 5:44 PM

In the wake of the failed coup in Turkey this week, Naunihal Singh, author of Seizing Power: The Strategic Logic of Military Coups was interviewed in the following venues: 


The New York Times— "Turkey Was an Unlikely Victim of an Equally Unlikely Coup"


Bloomberg— "Coup Experts See Erdogan Bungling Victory Over Inept Putschists"


Vox— "Why Turkey's coup failed, according to an expert"



Naunihal Singh is an assistant professor of international security studies at the Air War College in Alabama.


by krm | Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 11:04 AM

The Johns Hopkins University Receives a Major Grant to Develop and Deploy a Platform to Host OA Monographs on Project MUSE

The Johns Hopkins University announced today that it is has been awarded a two-year $938,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop and deploy MUSE Open in Project MUSE, a unit of The Johns Hopkins University Press. This is one in a series of grants issued by the Mellon Foundation that support US university presses’ ability to edit, produce, market, disseminate, and discover long-form digital publications in the humanities.  MUSE Open is planned as an Open Access (OA) platform for monographs in the humanities and social sciences that will be a public-facing, mission-focused aggregator that adds significant long-term value to the lifecycle of scholarly resources. According to Kathleen Keane, Director of Johns Hopkins University Press, this is the largest grant of its kind ever in support of Project MUSE, JHUP’s trusted provider of authoritative humanities and social science books and journals from more than 250 of the world’s most distinguished university presses and scholarly societies.

In the arena of open access monograph production, distribution of the final monograph via the MUSE platform is an essential element in ensuring the dissemination, discovery, accessibility, and utility of the works to be found on MUSE Open. Project MUSE has demonstrated network effects; it realizes 23 million unique visits annually. MUSE looks forward to collaborating with two key partners on the grant, Brilliant Experience and the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation, who will be instrumental in the design and the technological infrastructure build.

“The challenge being addressed by MUSE Open is a critical one if more university press books are going to be made available via Open Access. That is, how do we ensure that these publications are as discoverable and as usable as our traditional ones?” noted John Sherer, Director of the University of North Carolina Press.

Wendy Queen, Director of Project MUSE added, “We believe that OA content embedded in the linked open data environment, but also made available adjacent to a large corpus of analogous and complementary works in the humanities and qualitative social sciences will offer a definite benefit to researchers. As of January 2016, 42,000 books and 650 journals were being hosted on the MUSE platform.  Indeed, it is our firm belief that MUSE can provide significant exposure beyond that afforded by deposit in an institutional repository.  To that end, we intend to collaborate across related projects in order to increase the value of OA monographs to publishers, authors, and end users within the scholarly community.”


For more information regarding the scope of MUSE Open, or to speak with someone at JHUP or Project MUSE about MUSE Open please contact me at your convenience at purdy@cjpurdy.com, or 646.787.7890

Marshall Papers Celebration

by jmh | Monday, June 27, 2016 - 4:21 PM

The George C. Marshall Foundation in Lexington, VA,  hosted a celebration on June 23 to mark the publication of the seventh and final volume of The Papers of George Catlett Marshall ("The Man of the Age," October 1, 1949–October 16, 1959; HC 978-1-4214-1962-6).  The program featured Kathleen Williams, Executive Director of the National Historic Publications and Records Commission; Margaret Plympton, Deputy Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities; Mark Stoler and Dan Holt, editors of the Marshall Papers; and others. The event  was filmed by C-SPAN’s American History TV, with an air date TBA. JHU Press published volume one of the Marshall Papers in 1981. 



'Callaloo' Author Nominated for Caine Prize

by bjs | Monday, June 13, 2016 - 3:47 PM

Tope Folarin's short story "Genesis," published in the Fall 2014 (Volume 37, Number 5) issue of the journal Callaloo, is a finalist for the Caine prize. The honor is a literature prize awarded to an African writer of a short story published in English. Folarin, a native of Nigeria, previously won the award in 2013. The Caine Prize will be awarded in London on Monday, July 4. 

NLH Editor Receives Danish Grant

by bjs | Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 8:41 AM

Rita Felski, editor of the journal New Literary History and English professor at the University of Virginia, recently won a $4.2 million grant from the Danish National Research Foundation to study the ties of literature and the social world.

The grant is believed to be the largest award ever won by a UVa professor.

UVA Today explores the details of this prestigious honor.

The Pegasus Award goes to The Poems of T. S. Eliot

by jmh | Friday, May 20, 2016 - 4:19 PM

The Poems of T. S. Eliot, edited by Christopher Ricks and Jim McCue, has been awarded the prestigious Pegasus Award for poetry criticism by Poetry magazine and the Poetry Foundation. The award was announced this month on the Foundation’s website. Jim McCue accepted the award in Chicago in June.

Poetry editor Don Share commented on the volumes, “The authoritative and remarkable editing of the poems of T.S. Eliot by Christopher Ricks and Jim McCue is unprecedented; their work illuminates every one of Eliot’s poems in ways unimaginable until now. This work will remain invaluable to readers and students of poetry for many generations.” News of the Pegasus Award accompanied the announcement that poet Ed Roberson is this year’s recipient of the Foundation’s Ruth Lilly Prize.

The Poems of T.S. Eliot, co-published by JHU Press with Faber & Faber last year, has earned amazing reviews in the UK and US; read some of them here.


NPR Interviews Author Dr. Mary Guinan

by llk | Monday, April 25, 2016 - 4:11 PM

Mary Guinan, author of Adventures of a Female Medical Detective (Out 01 May - HC: 9781421419992; $24.95) appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered on Sunday. CNN’s The 80s documentary series will feature Dr. Guinan on 12 May to discuss the HIV/AIDS hysteria at the time. The Documentary Group, an award-winning production company, is currently developing a four-part series on viruses to air on the Discovery Channel, and has shown interest in Dr. Guinan’s book.

Candid Creatures Featured in New York Times Science Section

by llk | Monday, April 4, 2016 - 11:20 AM

Photos and stories from Roland Kays’ upcoming book, Candid Creatures (Out 01 May – HC: 9781421418889; $39.95), were featured in this week’s New York Times science section. Kay was also interviewed for a piece on spring for The New York Times.