Press Highlights

>> September 17, 2018 - 4:15pm

WASHINGTON D.C.— Georgetown University Press is pleased to announce the appointment of Alfred (Al) Bertrand as the new Director of Georgetown University Press. He replaces Richard Brown, who left Georgetown in October 2017 after almost 17 years. GUP extends appreciation to Hope LeGro for her service and leadership as Interim Director for the past year.

Bertrand arrives at Georgetown after having spent the last eight years at Princeton University Press. First as Publishing Director for Europe, Bertrand led European publishing operations from 2010 to 2013, then transitioned to become Associate Publishing Director. In this role, he drove efforts to expand global reach, increase revenue and establish a presence in China. Most recently, he served as the press’s Editor-in-Chief, leading editorial efforts and expanding international authorship.

Prior to joining Princeton University Press, Bertrand served as Editorial Director for John Wiley and Sons in Oxford. He began his career with Blackwell Publishing in 1999 as Commissioning Editor for Classical Studies and Ancient History. Bertrand has a Masters of Arts in Classics from Princeton University and received a bachelor’s in history from the University of Chicago.

Mr. Bertrand shares, “I'm honored to be the next director of Georgetown University Press.  Georgetown University Press is known for the excellence of its authors and its staff.  I'm delighted to be a part of this tradition. I look forward to working with my colleagues and the Georgetown and Washington, DC, communities as we together create a future that embodies Georgetown's mission of service to others.”

Georgetown University Press publishes approximately forty new books per year, as well as three journals, with an active list of almost 1,000 titles. These publications primarily service a global audience of higher education teachers and students and the scholarly community, and many also reach the general reading public. Our content and our pedagogy help to unite people across different cultures speaking different languages and illuminates, clarifies, and responds to some of the world's most difficult questions and challenges. These works, written by an international group of authors representing a broad range of intellectual perspectives, focus on international affairs, languages & linguistics, religion & ethics, and topics related to the Washington, DC, region.

>> August 11, 2017 - 3:06pm

News Release: August 11, 2017

Hope LeGro to Become Interim Director of Georgetown University Press

WASHINGTON D.C.—Richard Brown, Director of Georgetown University Press, has decided to take a new position as Director of the University of South Carolina Press. He will be leaving the GU Press on October 6, 2017. 

Photo of Richard Brown, Director of Georgetown University PressDr. Brown arrived at GU Press in 2001. During his tenure, the Press sustained record revenues, the staff doubled in size, and the Press moved from the smallest category of university presses to its current medium-size status. Brown sharpened the Press’s editorial profile and under his leadership the Press published acclaimed lists in bioethics, international affairs, languages and linguistics, public management, religion and ethics and, more recently, regional titles. GU Press books have been translated and co-published in over twenty countries, including China, Russia, South Korea and India. During Brown’s tenure the Press added journals in international affairs and Arabic language instruction while establishing a substantial international presence, with distribution and sales partnerships in Europe, Asia, Australia-New Zealand, and the Middle East. In addition, GU Press books won dozens of awards in all of its subject areas for content and design, including numerous PROSE Awards from the Association of American Publishers/Professional Scholarly Publishing Division.

We at GU Press are most grateful for Dr. Brown’s dedicated and exemplary service to the Press. We congratulate him on his new position and wish him all the very best!


Photo of Hope LeGroHope LeGro, current director of the Georgetown Languages division and a seventeen-year veteran of GU Press, has graciously agreed to serve as Interim Director, effective October 7, 2017, to continue and expand the Press’s current initiatives. Ms. LeGro began in our Editorial, Design, and Production department and shifted to acquiring languages and linguistics titles in 2005. Ms. LeGro was essential to the development of our Georgetown Languages imprint. She has always pushed the Press to new publishing frontiers by implementing digital products like companion websites for textbooks. She has chaired the Press’s Publishing Committee meeting for several years and served on the Association of American University Presses’ Digital Committee for three years and as the committee’s chair for two years.

Georgetown University Press supports the research and academic mission of Georgetown University and expands the university’s engagement with the local community and the world by publishing peer-reviewed content for a diverse, global readership. These publications, spanning theory and practice and written by an international group of authors from a broad range of intellectual perspectives, focus on the following subjects: international affairs; languages & linguistics; religion & ethics; and topics related to the Washington, DC region.

>> May 15, 2017 - 1:28pm

The Door of No Return

By Richard Brown

I recently visited Elmina Castle with a group of fellow board members from the Theological Book Network, a nonprofit that facilitates the donation of scholarly books to libraries in the developing world, including Ghana. After we toured the castle church, our guide led us to the infamous “Door of No Return,” where black women and men and children had marched, chained and single file, onto awaiting slave ships. We lingered for a few excruciating minutes, then finished the tour before wandering in stunned silence toward the beach. The irony was not lost on us: all of these morally horrific activities were carried out within a fortress named for a martyr of the church who has been revered over the centuries by Christians and Muslims alike.

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>> May 5, 2017 - 10:27am

War and the Art of GovernanceFour Takes:

Face your North Korea fears

The Boston Globe

Here, I learned that it’s always existential for North Korea: “Ignoring the world and being ignored by it was impossible; it was located in the wrong place for that. Thus, from the start its leaders felt required to be threatening and bellicose to survive.”

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>> May 4, 2017 - 11:41am

War and the Art of Governance

To defeat ISIS for good, US needs to take the war beyond the battlefield

The Hill

We are about to score tremendous tactical victories against ISIS terrorists in Iraq and Syria. The ISIS, or as the Arabs say, Daesh, strongholds of Mosul and Raqqa are about to fall, with much thanks to Iraqi forces, American advisers and miscellaneous militia units. But this is the beginning of a victory, not its final act.


A brilliant Naval officer, a SEAL with many combat tours, recently told an audience of scholars and practitioners in Washington, D.C., that, when Americans say counterterrorism, what they really mean is counterterrorist actions. We are fixated on the battle, the kinetic fight. The other aspects of counterterrorism — stability operations, propaganda and recruitment, returning foreign fighters, and reconciliation or incarceration — often go unaddressed. To win the war against Daesh, we will have to dive deeper into the non-kinetic tasks.

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Beyond battlefield success to political victory

The Washington Times

Most Americans like to think a war has ended when the last shot is fired or when the opposing army surrenders; these include politicians and senior military officers. In her excellent book, “War and the Art of Governance,” Nadia Schadlow argues eloquently that war is not over until battlefield success is translated into political victory. In doing so, she cites some weighty thinkers such as Carl von Clausewitz and uses case studies from American history to make her point.

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