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A distinctive urban popublisher founded in 1941.



Wayne State University Press is a distinctive urban publisher committed to supporting its parent institution’s core research, teaching, and service mission by generating high quality scholarly and general interest works of global importance. Through its publishing program, the Press disseminates research, advances education, and serves the local community while expanding the international reputation of the Press and the University.

Publishing Program

Wayne State University Press is an established mid-sized university press that publishes approximately 35 new books and 10 journals per year.

The Value of University Presses

WSU Press has a staff of professional book marketers, editors, and designers who are passionate about disseminating great scholarship. We know how to shape and refine books, and we understand the business of bookmaking and bookselling. The press shares the knowledge of its staff with WSU students through its internship program, and it provides would-be publishing professionals a place to learn and work by hiring student assistants. The Press’s relationships with other university units such as the library system and its book club and the Children’s Bridge initiative foster a university-wide scholarly communication system.

University presses publish academics who would not otherwise get published and who would not otherwise receive tenure. Wayne State University Press relies on the university’s faculty for editorial advice and oversight. We offer authors and would-be authors peer-review, a process that enables university-trained scholars to critique and advise other university-trained scholars. The peer-review process facilitates teaching and learning. It facilitates the sharing of ideas, an effort that universities encourage and foster.

Cathy Davidson, vice provost of Duke, told ACLS that university presses should be and be seen as an opportunity for their parent institutions. Wayne State University Press is such an opportunity. Through us, the University associates itself with brave scholarship and rich local history, distinguishes itself as the supporter of a leading publisher of Great Lakes books, Judaica, and African American studies, and extends its name into thousands of homes, schools, and libraries in many countries around the globe.

Wayne State University Press is now distributed by Hopkins Fulfillment Services


HFS discounts are generally 46% on trade titles, 40% on short titles, 5 copy minimum.


Free freight is also now available for Wayne State Univesrity Press as part of HFS: 


One purchase order, combined shipments 

Minimum order of $250 net per order

Mix and match titles from any of these publishers:


Indiana University Press 

Johns Hopkins University Press 

Maryland Center for History and Culture 

Northeastern University Press

University of Alberta Press

University of New Orleans Press

Wayne State University Press

Wesleyan University Press




Current editions of clean, resalable books may be returned within 18 months of the invoice date. No prior permission is required; however all of the following must be adhered to:

a. All stickers and sticker residue must be removed.

b. A debit memo must be enclosed stating the reason for the return and original invoice number(s). If the original invoice number(s) are not supplied, credit will be issued at the highest maximum discount.

c. All shipping charges must be prepaid.

d. Books not distributed by HFS and returned to our warehouse in error will be destroyed.

e. Books that fall outside the 18 months return window will not be credited and will not be returned.

f. Books that have been out of print for 6 months or more will not be credited and destroyed.

g. For books that are received damaged please return the cover and title pages to us with a debit memo listing all pertinent information as noted above. Please indicate whether you would like replacement copies for the damaged books. Credit will be issued to your account unless otherwise noted.


Return Address:

Hopkins Fulfillment Service

Returns Dept

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Lebanon Distribution Center

704 Legionaire Dr

Fredericksburg, PA 17026


Credit on account: Refund request must be submitted in writing. Credit has to be on the account for at least six months with no recent sales activity.

Prepaid Order credit:

Refunds on prepaid orders will be issued as soon as possible



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