Our Mission

About Georgetown University Press

The beginnings of Georgetown University Press can be traced to 1964—and we currently publish approximately forty new titles per year, as well as three journals, with an active list of almost 1,000 titles. These publications primarily service the scholarly community, and many also reach the general reading public. Many help to unite people speaking different languages, literally and figuratively, and all attempt to illuminate, clarify, and respond to the world's most difficult questions.

Our Mission

The mission of Georgetown University Press is to publish content for a diverse, global readership and to be recognized as a premier press in our subjects. In fulfilling our mission the press will be guided by the following goals:

  • To support the research and academic mission of Georgetown University, and to expand the university’s engagement with the local community and the world. 
  • To publish peer-reviewed content spanning theory and practice in the following subjects—international affairs; languages & linguistics; religion & ethics; and topics related to the Washington, DC region—with exceptional editorial and production quality. 
  • To meet the evolving needs of scholars, students, practitioners, readers, and other stakeholders through innovative development and dissemination of content in a variety of formats. 
  • To achieve financial sustainability and growth through entrepreneurship, the use of analytical tools, and strategic planning. 
  • To maintain an adaptive organizational culture of professional growth and training, clear communication, accountability, and respect for the ideas and opinions of all staff members.  

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Going Green at Georgetown

Georgetown University Press is a proud member in good standing of the Green Press Initiative, which was founded in 2001, and is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making book publishing a more environmentally sound process. We routinely partner with printers who print on paper that contains at least 30% postconsumer waste (PCW), and we often use paper that has between 60% and 100% recycled content. Increasingly, Georgetown University Press books will qualify for being able to use the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) logo, which carries the guarantee that fiber in the paper was not sourced from endangered forests and that existing forests were not cleared to make way for single-species tree plantations. Being active with the Green Press Initiative and reducing our carbon footprint is a priority for Georgetown University Press.

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