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Duke University Press

Duke University Press
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Parent companyDuke University
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationDurham, North Carolina
Distributionself-distributed (US)[1]
Combined Academic Publishers (UK)[2]
Publication typesBooks, Academic journals
Official websitewww.dukeupress.edu

Duke University Press is an academic publisher and university press affiliated with Duke University. It was founded in 1921[3] by William T. Laprade. Writer Dean Smith is director of the press.[4]

It publishes approximately 120 books annually and more than 50 academic journals, as well as five electronic collections.[5] The company publishes primarily in the humanities and social sciences but is also particularly well known for its mathematics journals.


The company was founded in 1921 as Trinity College Press with William T. Laprade as its first director. Following a restructuring and expansion, the name was changed to "Duke University Press" in 1926 with William K. Boyd taking over as director.[6]



In 2017, Duke University Press was accused of antisemitism when it published The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability by Jasbir Puar, "an interrogation of Israel's policies toward Palestine, in which she outlines how Israel brings Palestinians into biopolitical being by designating them available for injury. Supplementing its right to kill with what Puar calls the right to maim, the Israeli state relies on liberal frameworks of disability to obscure and enable the mass debilitation of Palestinian bodies. Tracing disability's interaction with debility and capacity, Puar offers a brilliant rethinking of Foucauldian biopolitics while showing how disability functions at the intersection of imperialism and racialized capital."[7] In a widely reported presentation at Vassar College in advance of the book release, Puar claimed that Israel "mined for organs for scientific research" from dead Palestinians, which the Wall Street Journal described as "anti-Israel sentiment mixed with age-old anti-Semitism [at] a fever pitch."[8]

Puar's book was described in Tablet as "an intellectual and moral hoax, a bit of sizzling sophistry designed to stir the faithful into a frenzy of outrage divorced of any and all observable reality."[9] Commentary magazine describes the book as suggesting that "the Jewish State would love to commit genocide, but it is too greedy, cruel, and duplicitous to follow through."[10] When the book was awarded a prize in the field of feminist disability studies, The Forward reported that the book claimed that Israel both kills Palestinians and "purposefully maims them in order to maintain control over them."[11]

Bullying Claim

On August 2, 2019 Sara Leone, an editor at Duke University Press, filed a grievance with the university, alleging that her superiors at the press marginalized and unfairly treated her because she is genderqueer. She said that she had been "silenced and bullied" and "subjected to a nonstop, hostile barrage of unethical work practices and verbiage." Her coworker at the press, Terri Fizer, described the culture as "fraught with employee turnover, overworked staffers, and out-of-touch managers who made arbitrary decisions based on whether employees had 'crossed' human resources."[12]

Jessica Krug

Duke University Press published Fugitive Modernities: Kisama and the Politics of Freedom by Jessica Krug, who taught African and African Diaspora history and politics at George Washington University until she resigned in September 2020 after admitting that she had falsely lived as a woman of color for years. Krug is white and grew up in suburban Kansas City.[13] Duke University Press editorial director Gisela Fosado wrote on the press's blog that, despite being Krug's editor, her interactions with Krug had been "limited" and that she had believed Krug when Krug told the press that "Krug" was and was pronounced "Cruz."[14] Reporting on the story in The New Yorker, Lauren Michele Jackson, author of White Negroes and a culture critic whose work explores cultural appropriation, noted that the "inattentiveness" of the scholars and editors around Krug had allowed Krug's evolving deception to continue for her scholarly career,[15] which lasted from 2005 to 2020.[16]

Open access

Duke is one of thirteen publishers to participate in the Knowledge Unlatched pilot, a global library consortium approach to funding open access books.[17] Duke has provided four books for the Pilot Collection.[18]

See also


  1. ^ "Duke University Press". Duke University Press. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ "Marston Book Services". Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ "Introduction to Duke University Press".
  4. ^ "Leadership". DukeUPress. Duke University. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ "Duke University Press". Duke University Press. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ "Inventory of the Duke University Press Reference Collection, 1922-ongoing". Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library [online catalog]. Duke University Library. Retrieved 2010.
  7. ^ "The Right to Maim". DukeUPress. Duke University. Retrieved 2020.
  8. ^ Yudof, Mark G. and Ken Waltzer. "Majoring in Anti-Semitism at Vassar". Wall Street Journal (17 February 2016). Dow Jones & Company. Retrieved 2020.
  9. ^ Leibovitz, Liel. "In New Book, Rutgers Professor Accuses Israel of Maiming Palestinians for Profit". Tablet (10 October 2017). Nextbook Inc. Retrieved 2020.
  10. ^ Marks, Jonathan. "Anti-Semitism, Duke University Press-Approved". CommentaryMagazine.com. Commentary. Retrieved 2020.
  11. ^ JTA. "Book Claiming Israel Intentionally Maims Palestinians Wins Academic Prize". The Forward (16 September 2018). The Forward Association. Retrieved 2020.
  12. ^ MacDonald, Thomasi. "An Editor at Duke University Press, Known for Its LGBTQ Titles, Says She Was Bullied Because of Her Gender Identity". INDY Week (27 August 2019). Indy Week. Retrieved 2020.
  13. ^ Lumpkin, Lauren. "Jessica Krug resigns from position at GWU". The Washington Post (9 September 2020). Nash Holdings. Retrieved 2020.
  14. ^ Flood, Alison. "The Guardian" (14 September 2020). Guardian News & Media Limited. Retrieved 2020.
  15. ^ Jackson, Lauren Michele (September 12, 2020). "The Layered Deceptions of Jessica Krug, the Black-Studies Professor Who Hid That She Is White". The New Yorker. Archived from the original on September 12, 2020. Retrieved 2020. Consider, for instance, the footage that has been circulating from a New York City Council hearing, held over Zoom in June, which shows Krug in her Afro-Latinx pose. She introduces herself as Jess La Bombalera, a nickname apparently of her own making, adapted from Bomba, an Afro-Puerto Rican genre of music and dance. Broadcasting live from "El Barrio," and wearing purple-tinted shades and a hoop in her nose, she lambasts gentrifiers, shouts out her "black and brown siblings," and twice calls out "white New Yorkers" for not yielding their speaking time. What stands out, though, is the way Krug speaks, in a patchy accent that begins with thickly rolled "R"s and transitions into what can best be described as B-movie gangster. This is where desire outruns expertise. The Times, in a piece on Krug's exposure, last week, nonetheless called this a "Latina accent," lending credence to Krug's performance. (The phrase was later deleted.) The offhand notation is a tiny example of the buy-in Krug has been afforded her entire scholastic career, by advisers and committee members and editors and colleagues. They failed to recognize the gap not between real and faux, so much, as between something thrown-on and something lived-in. That inattentiveness was Krug's escape hatch.
  16. ^ "Jessica Anne Krug". Expert.GWU.edu. George Washington University. Retrieved 2020.
  17. ^ "Good for publishers". knowledgeunlatched.org.
  18. ^ "Duke University Press at the 2014 IFLA World Library and Information Congress". Duke University Press Log.

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