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

  •  American history (African American, Civil War, Reconstruction)
  • American literature (Beat writers)
  • Archaeology
  • Botany
  • Criminology
  • Film studies
  • Poetry
  • Philosophy (Dewey)
  • Regional studies (history, natural history and culture)
  • Rhetoric and composition
  • Theater history and stagecraft
  • Transportation (aviation)



 Active Book series:



Civil War Campaigns in the Heartland, 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

Elmer H. Johnson and Carol Holmes Johnson Series in Criminology, edited by Joseph A. Schafer


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

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

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

Studies in Modern Rhetoric, edited by Edward Schiappa and Arthur E. Walzer

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