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Southern Illinois University Press publishes scholarly and trade books in the following subject areas:

  • American history (African American, Civil War Era, Midwestern, Women)
  • Botany
  • Criminology
  • Poetry
  • Philosophy (Dewey)
  • Regional studies (history, natural history and culture)
  • Rhetoric and composition
  • Theater history and stagecraft


 Active Book series:

Civil War Campaigns in the West, edited by Steven E. Woodworth and Charles D. Grear
Detailed, multi-author campaign studies of the western theater of the Civil War.

Concise Lincoln Library, edited by Richard Etulain and Sylvia Frank Rodrigue
Brief books on Lincoln—both broad overviews and monographs—for a general audience as well as for Lincoln specialists.

Crab Orchard Series in Poetry, edited by Jon Tribble

Perspectives on Crime and Justice, edited by Joseph A. Schafer

Illustrated Flora of Illinois

Landmarks in Rhetoric and Public Address
Critical editions and translations of important primary rhetorical works from ancient times through the nineteenth century.

The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant, edited by John Marszalek

Shawnee Books
New works on the history, natural history and/or culture of the region.

Shawnee Classics
Reprinted paperback editions of classic works on the history, natural history and/or culture of the region.

Studies in Rhetorics and Feminisms, edited by Cheryl Glenn and Shirley Wilson Logan
Traditional and cutting-edge scholarly works that extend the significant relationship between rhetoric and feminism within various genres, cultural contexts, historical periods, methodologies, theoretical positions, and methods of delivery.

Theater in the Americas, edited by Scott Magelssen
Scholarly works focusing on the performance and production of theater and theater artists and practitioners throughout the Americas.

The World of Ulysses S. Grant, edited by John F. Marszalek and Timothy Smith