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The University of Notre Dame Press, the largest Catholic university press in the world, publishes academic and general interest books that engage the most enduring questions of our time. Now more than ever, we believe in the power of research to advance knowledge and impact lives.

We feel palpably the impact the cancellation of OAH has on historians, publishers, students, and the general historically-intrigued public. Our Editor in Chief, Eli Bortz, has not missed an OAH in nearly 15 years. Given this unprecedented collective absence, we as a Press wanted to highlight our own particular focus in the field.

Strategically, Notre Dame Press sustains a major focus on the entirety of the American religious experience. In history, we tend to work in early American religious history. We also publish in Latin American religious and cultural history from the colonial era through today.

Recently, Notre Dame Press built a concentration on Underground Railroad studies, which overlaps some with religious history, US southern and transatlantic history, and American political history. This focus began in 2017 and continues to build momentum.

Most recently, Notre Dame Press is building a new list in New French colonial history. From a purely regional perspective, this is an area of obvious growth and necessity. One of the key forts in seventeenth-century New France, Fort St. Joseph, was located not more than seven miles north of Notre Dame’s campus. The founders of Notre Dame itself were French missionaries, in turn building off the remnants of missionary efforts in this region in the eighteenth century. This is an area Notre Dame Press intends to explore thoroughly in publication.

If you’re working in any of these fields, please don’t hesitate to reach out at, and please do enjoy our current offerings.