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A distinctive urban publisher 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.

Retail discount policy  returnable:


45% on trade titles
40% on short/long titles
No Minimum


Payment for Wayne State University Press books is due in 30 days.


Prices followed by a “t” are subject to a trade discount. Prices followed by an “s” are subject to a short discount.


Prices followed by an “l” are subject to a long discount.



Returns policy:  

In order for eligible books to be returned for full credit, the package must clearly indicate the invoice number, invoice date, discount, and list price. Failure to include this information will result in a delay of credit, and returns credited at 50%. Returns of books received in damaged condition and short ship claims must be made 30 days from invoice date. Credit will not be given for claims made past this time. All books received at our warehouse in damaged condition more than 30 days past the invoice date will be credited at a 50% discount. To ensure that books you received in damaged condition are credited, be certain to include paperwork indicating the invoice and date. Titles that have been declared out of print are eligible for return up to 60 days after the book has be declared out of print. An account must be inactive for more than a year to be eligible for a cash refunds (available upon request). Send your request to: Wayne State University Press Returns The Leonard N. Simons Building 4809 Woodward Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48201-1309 Fax: (313) 577-6131




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