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.
Wayne State University Press is internationally recognized for its list in Jewish studies. Building on early support from Press benefactor Leonard N. Simons and past directors having a strong interest and expertise in Judaic studies, the press has developed a substantial program of important books examining Jewish history and culture throughout the world, but especially in the United State, Europe, and the Middle East. Within the broad category of Judaic studies, the Press has published numerous books about the experience of Jews in Europe before, during, and after the Holocaust, translations and bilingual editions of Yiddish and Hebrew literature, books exploring the roles and experiences of Jewish women, biographies of notable Jewish men and women, and studies of Jewish culture during the Middle Ages. Another part of the Press’s project in Jewish studies is to make available in English translation select works published in Europe or Israel.