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Cornell University Press is a large publishing enterprise that is financially independent today but is still closely tied to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, In fact, is one of the largest university presses in the entire United States. It was originally founded in 1869 and is currently housed inside what is known as the Sage House, the former residence of Henry William Sage, a prominent financial contributor and trustee to Cornell University in the 19th century.

As one of the top Ivy League institutions, Cornell is known for its internationally regarded engineering programs, and the press was originally designed within the College of the Mechanic Arts. It’s a bit ironic that it was the engineering professors and students who ran the printing press because they were much more skilled at doing so than the English literature professors and students at the university. Since it was founded, the Cornell University Press has offered a unique work-study program that allows students to work on the press and get paid by helping to run the printing equipment that produces a variety of materials, including textbooks, journals, and other Cornell publications.

The press currently produces about 150 academic books each year. These range from a variety of subject areas, including history, biological sciences, Asian studies, women’s studies, international relations, and theory.

The following textbooks were published by Cornell University Press:

The Formation of Hell: Death and Retribution in the Ancient and Early Christian Worlds by Alan E. Bernstein (1996)

Firm Interests: How Governments Shape Business Lobbying on Global Trade (Cornell Studies in Political Economy) by Cornelia Woll (2008)

Crisis as Catalyst: Asia’s Dynamic Political Economy (Cornell Studies in Political Economy) by T. J. Pempel, Andrew MacIntyre, and John Ravenhill (2008)

The Military Lens: Doctrinal Difference and Deterrence Failure in Sino-American Relations (Cornell Studies in Security Affairs) by Christopher P. Twomey (2010)

Remapping East Asia: The Construction of a Region (Cornell Studies in Political Economy) by T. J. Pempel (2005)

Whole World on Fire: Organizations, Knowledge, and Nuclear Weapons Devastation (Cornell Studies in Security Affairs) by Lynn Eden (2003)

If you are a college student in need of one of these textbooks or any others published by Cornell, make sure you check out to compare prices on almost any textbook presently on the market. If you are a Cornell student, you just might be using a book produced by your own school and authored by one of your professors.