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Columbia University Press was founded in 1893 and is the fourth-oldest university press in the United States. The Press seeks to enhance Columbia University’s educational and research mission by publishing outstanding original works by scholars and other intellectuals that contribute to an understanding of global human concern, while also reflecting the University’s role as a key institution in the cultural and intellectual landscape of New York City.

Throughout its history, one of the strengths of Columbia University Press has been the diversity of its list, with strong publishing programs in Asian studies; biological and environmental sciences; business, economics, and finance; film and media studies; Middle East Studies; philosophy and political theory; religion; social work; and a variety of other fields. It has distinguished itself with its strong program in social work publishing, begun in collaboration with faculty at the Columbia School of Social Work, and the Press's social work texts have been widely adopted in courses and are used by professionals in the field. Its European Perspectives series publishes innovative and field-leading scholarship by leading European historians, philosophers, and social theorists. Innovative Columbia University instructional programs are reflected in the Press's publishing of material for teaching core courses on Asian civilization. The Press has published and revised influential and standard-setting translations.

Columbia University Press has published prominent authors from a variety of disciplines which are now available on Columbia Scholarship Online (CUSO), including: 

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