Good Publishing is Like Good Conversation


Our Mission

It creates vibrant intellectual communities, ignites debate, and spreads new knowledge. For over 50 years, the MIT Press has been a leading light in academic publishing, and the only university press rooted at the intersection of science, technology, art, and design. From its offices in Cambridge and London, the Press publishes over 200 new books a year and over 30 journals, broadening the reach of a wide range of university and public intellectuals. By giving voice to the most credible and creative minds in the world, the Press advances our understanding of the world, its greatest challenges, and one another. In short, the MIT Press reduces the distance between MIT and the wider world.

Where else but the MIT Press do Richard Feynman, Rosalind Krauss, Umberto Eco, Daniel Dennett, Denise Scott Brown, Marshall McLuhan, Noam Chomsky, Walter Gropius, Paul Krugman, John Maeda, Marvin Minsky, Sherry Turkle, and Slavoj Žižek gather?

No other publisher is as committed to fostering trans-disciplinary inquiry, publishing iconic figures and provocative voices, producing beautifully designed books, and pushing the boundaries of digital innovation.

The MIT Press continues to invent the future of university-based publishing by strengthening our connection with the public through an enhanced digital strategy and open access initiatives; developing best-in-class content in MIT’s current and emerging areas of scholarship; and, pushing the boundaries of academic publishing in accord with MIT’s mission to advance research and teaching that make an impact and change the world for the better.

We invite you to join us by sustaining the Press with your gift.

Amy Brand PhD’ 89
Director, MIT Press

Friends of the Press

Friends of the Press provide leadership support of $500+ annually to the MIT Press. We are grateful for every gift, and thank our Friends of the Press:

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Mr. Joichi Ito, Ms. Julia Blocksma, Dr. Roger F. Malina, Mr. Adam Inglis, Professor S. Jay Keyser, Ms. Matilde Marcolli, Ms. Usha Pasi, Professor Bruce Tidor, Mrs. Young-Mi Tidor, Ms. Susan Wascher-Kumar, Ms. Ellen Lupton, Mr. Bill Strong, and Mrs. Anne Strong


Frank Urbanowski at work

Frank Urbanowski Memorial Fund

The Urbanowski Fund honors the legacy of the visionary director who led the MIT Press for almost 30 years, from 1975, to 2003. The Urbanowski Fund “future-proofs” the Press by supporting innovations in digital publishing, along with the Press’ mission-driven publication efforts. It covers full or partial publication costs of high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarly books.

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Muriel Cooper Self Portrait

Muriel Cooper

Gifts to the Muriel Cooper Publication Fund will be used to support the MIT Press’ publications in the fields of art, design, architecture, and visual culture. Funds received will help extend and reinforce Cooper’s legacy by subsidizing books, journals, and digital works that are technically innovative, intellectually rigorous, and visually challenging. Areas of support could include, but are not limited to, design digitization, production, and acquisitions activities. The first publication to benefit from the newly established fund is the monograph Muriel Cooper. Trustees of the fund include Nicholas Negroponte, Roger Conover, and Amy Brand.

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Interested in making a major gift or a planned gift? Please email Amy Brand, director of the MIT Press.

Please email Amy Brand, director of the MIT Press.