What We Publish

SUNY Press publishes in a number of diverse areas. Our current areas of focus include:



Subjects and topics of interest include diasporic issues, civil rights, black churches, music, urban issues, families, blackness, racialization, film, literature, visual culture, black power movement, incarceration and prisons, slavery and its legacies, citizenship and nationalism, black youth, segregation, Afrocentrism, and Pan Africanism.


This list is an interdisciplinary subject area covering humanities and social sciences related to Asia. SUNY Press is a leading press in the field and is particularly well known for books on early China, Chinese philosophy and culture, comparative philosophy, and South Asian religions and cultures. The Press also publishes scholarly translations of significant works from early through contemporary periods. In addition to our traditional strengths, we seek books that focus on Asian diasporas; intersections of race, gender, and class; theorizations of modernity and postcolonial histories; and works from a variety of theoretical perspectives that contest or transcend traditional East-West dichotomies.


SUNY Press has published on a wide range of topics in education. Current areas of interest include higher education and critical university studies, sociology of education, social studies and social justice pedagogy, international and comparative education, multilingual and multicultural education, urban and rural education, philosophy of education, arts education, and literacy studies.


SUNY Press seeks works that systematically study human interaction with the environment, including the natural environment, built environments, and the sets of relationships between them. SUNY Press has published on these issues in relation to public policy, politics, law, economics, philosophy, sociology, planning, pollution control, natural resources, and the interactions of human beings and nature.


SUNY Press has published a variety of books on the history, production, cultural reception, and social meaning of film. Current topics of interest include specific films, filmmakers, genres, historical eras of film production, and production processes, as well as multicultural, ethnographic, technical, and theoretical aspects of cinema.


We seek books that explore the literature, visual arts, culture, philosophy, politics, and intellectual history of Spain and Latin America from a variety of theoretical and disciplinary perspectives in the humanities and social sciences. We welcome projects that intersect with Africana and diaspora studies, Caribbean studies, gender studies, Latinx studies, queer studies, and other related fields.


SUNY Press publishes works that draw upon a variety of scholarly disciplines—including history, anthropology, philosophy, literary criticism, political science, economics, cultural criticism—to illuminate the range and complexity of the experiences of indigenous peoples in the past, present, and into the future.


In addition to scholarly studies in literature, film, sociology, anthropology, and history, we are interested in books for more general readers that can help extend the understanding of this important ethnic group and its role in the history and culture of the United States.


SUNY Press has a long-standing and wide-ranging list in Jewish studies. We publish scholarly works on Jewish history, culture, religion, philosophy, and literature, with a particular focus on the modern and contemporary periods. We also publish in Israel studies and Holocaust studies.


SUNY Press has a number of series in literary and cultural studies, with foci on multiethnic literatures, the long nineteenth century, theory, book history, and more. Within and beyond these particular series, we seek books that examine literature and culture of the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries from a range of regions, fields, and angles, including those that dovetail with our strengths in areas such as African American studies, women’s and gender studies, and queer studies. Comparative, transnational, and interdisciplinary frameworks welcomed.


SUNY Press is building a new list of books on music, including textbooks, scholarly monographs, and trade titles. Forthcoming series include introductions to popular musical styles and textbooks on music history and theory.


Through its Excelsior Editions imprint, SUNY Press publishes general and scholarly books of history, geography, natural history, photography, architecture, cooking, wine, and travel/recreation, as well as works of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Our aim is to showcase the diversity and abiding energy of the peoples, histories, and natural beauty of New York State.


SUNY Press publishes widely in philosophy and the history of philosophy, including ancient philosophy, German Idealism, phenomenology, existentialism, hermeneutics, philosophy of religion, Asian and comparative philosophy, contemporary French and Italian philosophy, process philosophy, pragmatism, environmental philosophy, feminist philosophy and gender theory, philosophy and race, and indigenous philosophies.


SUNY Press has published on a wide range of topics in this field, dealing with the study of governments, public policies, systems, and political behavior. We are particularly interested in the following subfields: political theory, political philosophy, political ideology, political economy, policy studies and analysis, comparative politics, international relations, and related fields such as public administration. Our books on political science use both humanistic and scientific perspectives and tools and a variety of methodological approaches to examine the process, systems, and political dynamics of all countries and regions of the world.


SUNY Press invites books at the intersection of queer studies with fields such as history, politics, law, philosophy, psychoanalysis, literature, education, and religion. We have published works in the humanities and social sciences on LGBTQIA identities, activism, and archives, and the relationship of sexuality to gender, race, ethnicity, class, region, and ability. We also seek books that develop queer theoretical frameworks to approach various artistic, cultural, and social forms and phenomena.


SUNY Press is perhaps best known for its books on Asian religions, including Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Islam, as well as scholarly translations of significant works from Asian religious traditions. The Press is also recognized for books that address theology and continental philosophy; western esoteric traditions; and philosophy of religion. In addition, we welcome books from a variety of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives that explore religion in relation to gender, sexuality, science and technology, environmentalism, underrepresented voices and communities, and religion in political discourse.


As a service to SUNY faculty, we can work with the digital files they’ve used to create Open Educational Resources (OER) course materials to create print and offline digital versions through our 64 ink imprint. We also welcome proposals for original textbooks intended for upper-division and graduate-level courses in any of the subject areas featured on this page. Please note: we are not publishing in freshman-level courses at the current moment.


Topics of interest include spiritual self-development, peak experiences, mystical experiences, systemic trance, and other sublime and/or unusually expanded experiences of living. 


SUNY Press has a number of series that offer feminist perspectives in many of our historically important disciplinary areas of acquisitions, including philosophy, religion, and literary criticism. In recent years, the list has deepened its offerings in cultural studies and other interdisciplinary fields. We have a strong focus on texts that deal with social justice and welcome submissions that bridge theory and practice, broadly conceived, and which conceptualize gender in relation to other axes of identity, power, and struggle.