About the Press

Established in 1944, the University of South Carolina Press is one of the oldest and most distinguished publishing houses in the South. With more than 1,100 books available in print and digital formats, and publishing approximately 40 new books annually, USC Press serves the state and the University of South Carolina. Our publications educate, inform, entertain, and inspire while advancing knowledge.  

In helping the University fulfill its mission of research, teaching, and outreach, USC Press publishes a wide range of critically acclaimed works in the following subjects: Southern History, African American Studies, Civil Rights, and South Carolina. In addition, USC Press publishes scholarly works in Literary Studies and Rhetoric/Communication. Our editorial profile—the subject matter of our books—aligns with several of the institutional strengths of the University and underscores USC Press’s mission to serve teachers, learners, and readers in the state, the academy, and the broader culture in North America and around the globe. 

All our publications go through a rigorous peer-review process, and all must be approved prior to publication by our Press Committee.

USC Press’s signature publications include South Carolina: A History, by USC historian Walter Edgar; Gullah Images by South Carolina artist Jonathan Green; Blessed Experiences: Genuinely Southern, Proudly Black by South Carolina Congressman James E. Clyburn; Working South and We the People by Charleston artist Mary Whyte; and Taste the State by Kevin Mitchell and David S. Shields.  

The staff of USC Press includes 11 full-time publishing professionals and several student interns each semester.


Mission Statement

The University of South Carolina Press publishes high-quality, peer-reviewed print and digital books. Our authors tell compelling stories that explore the human experience, engage teachers and learners, contribute to academic disciplines, and inspire conversations about social and cultural progress. Our publications address national and global issues and illuminate the history and culture of South Carolina and the American South.

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