Bob Prior

Executive Editor, Biomedical Science, Neuroscience, and Trade Science

Bob Prior

During his over 30 years at MIT Press, Bob has published hundreds of trade and scholarly books in areas as diverse as Neuroscience, Computer Science, Natural History, Electronic Privacy, Evolution, and Design. He has even managed to sneak one novel onto the otherwise completely non-fiction MIT Press list! He continues to be thrilled at finding authors whose voices can have an impact and whose books belong at MIT Press. He is currently focusing on trade science books with an emphasis on the life sciences, neuroscience, and natural history. Bob can be reached at

Notable Acquisitions Include:

Changing How We Choose: The New Science of Morality  by A. David Redish, Ending Epidemics: A History of Escape from Contagion  by Richard Conniff, The Age of Prediction  by Igor Tulchinsky & Chris Mason, Portraits of Dementia  by Joe Wallace, Kindred Design: Remember, Resist, Reimagine  by Aida Davis, The Patient Revolution: Harnessing the Power of Community to Heal Healthcare  by Susannah Fox, A Theory of Everyone: The New Science of Who We Are  by Michael Muthukrishna, The Human Cure: How We Create Pandemics and How We Can Save Ourselves  by Sabrina Sholts.

Curious Minds

Perry Zurn, Dani S. Bassett

September 6, 2022

How Your Brain Works

Greg Gage, Tim Marzullo

October 25, 2022

Drugs and the FDA

Mikkael A. Sekeres

September 27, 2022

Tornado of Life

Jay Baruch

August 30, 2022

Reimagining Design

Kevin G. Bethune

March 15, 2022

Active Inference

Thomas Parr, Giovanni Pezzulo, Karl J. Friston

March 29, 2022

The Alchemy of Us

Ainissa Ramirez

April 6, 2021

What Is Health?

Peter Sterling

February 25, 2020


Kat Holmes, John Maeda

September 1, 2020

The Autobiography of a Transgender Scientist

Ben Barres, Nancy Hopkins

October 20, 2020

Beyond the Self

Matthieu Ricard, Wolf Singer

November 13, 2018

The Laws of Simplicity

John Maeda

September 1, 2020