University of Pittsburgh Press
The University of Pittsburgh Press is a publisher with distinguished lists in a wide range of scholarly and cultural fields. They publish books for general readers, scholars, and students. The Press focuses on selected academic areas: Latin American studies, Russian and East European studies, Central Asian studies, composition and literacy studies, environmental studies, urban studies, the history of architecture and the built environment, and the history and philosophy of science, technology, and medicine. Their books about Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania include history, art, architecture, photography, biography, fiction, and guidebooks.

Their renowned Pitt Poetry Series represents many of the finest poets active today, as reflected in the many prestigious awards their work has garnered over the past four decades. In addition, the Press is home to the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, the Donald Hall Prize for Poetry, and, in rotation with other university presses, the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. They sponsor the prestigious Drue Heinz Literature Prize, which recognises the finest collective works of short fiction available in an international competition.
Making the World a Better Place Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780822967064
Pub Date: 31 Jan 2024
Series: Composition, Literacy, and Culture
Description:
In Making the World a Better Place, Royster argues that African American women must be taken seriously as historical actors who were more consistently and more variously engaged in community—and nation-building than they have been given credit for. Their considerable rhetorical expertise becomes evident when looking carefully at their work in terms of identity, agency, authority, and expressiveness. Their writings constitute a substantial artifactual record of their levels of engagement, their excellence in sociopolitical work, and the legacies of leadership and action.
Mexican Icarus Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780822947608
Pub Date: 31 Jan 2024
Series: Pitt Latin American Series
Description:
The development of aviation in Mexico reflected more than a pragmatic response to the material challenges brought on by the 1910 Revolution. It was also an effective symbol for promoting the aspirations of the new elite who attained prominence during the war and who fixated on technology as a measure of national progress. The politicians, industrialists, and cultural influencers in the media who made up this group molded the aviator into an avatar of modern citizenship.
Mirrors of Whiteness Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9780822947523
Pub Date: 31 Jan 2024
Series: Pitt Latin American Series
Description:
In Mirrors of Whiteness, Mauro P. Porto examines the conservative revolt of Brazil’s white middle class, which culminated with the 2018 election of far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro. He identifies the rise of a significant status panic among middle-class publics following the relative economic and social ascension of mostly Black and brown low-income laborers.
The Age of Mammals Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 296
ISBN: 9780822947806
Pub Date: 31 Aug 2023
Series: Intersections: Histories of Environment
Description:
When people today hear “paleontology,” they immediately think of dinosaurs. But for much of the history of the discipline, dramatic demonstrations of the history of life focused on the developmental history of mammals. The Age of Mammals examines how nineteenth-century scholars, writers, artists, and public audiences understood the animals they regarded as being at the summit of life.
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Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780822966708
Pub Date: 28 Feb 2023
Description:
With a Foreword by Matthew C. Lamanna and a New Afterword by Tom Rea Less than one hundred years ago, Diplodocus carnegii - named after industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie - was the most famous dinosaur on the planet. The most complete fossil skeleton unearthed to date, and one of the largest dinosaurs ever discovered, Diplodocus was displayed in a dozen museums around the world and viewed by millions of people.
The Globalization of Wheat Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780822947349
Pub Date: 28 Feb 2023
Series: Intersections: Histories of Environment
Description:
In The Globalization of Wheat, Marci R. Baranski explores Norman Borlaug’s complicated legacy as godfather of the Green Revolution. Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his role in fighting global hunger, Borlaug, an American agricultural scientist and plant breeder who worked for the Rockefeller Foundation, left a legacy that divides opinions even today.
I Want to Tell You Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 80
ISBN: 9780822967071
Pub Date: 31 Jan 2023
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Description:
In Jesse Lee Kercheval’s sixth collection, I Want to Tell You, her searching, incantatory poems speak directly and forcefully to the reader in a voice that is by turns angry, elegiac, wry, or witty but always sharply alive. Crossing through the bewildering territory of grief, Kercheval argues with god and the universe about the deaths of people she loves. She also writes movingly about the complications of family life and love, the messy puzzle of life itself.
As Is Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 80
ISBN: 9780822967026
Pub Date: 17 Jan 2023
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Description:
As Is gathers everyday poems written over time and mostly at the poet’s home in the Ridge and Valley province of northern Appalachia. This work pays attention to the world as it is with curiosity, candor, and delight. Seeking connection with others and the earth and savoring the fine details of a messy life, these poems reckon with the demands of family, pandemic, aging, and loss even as they witness injustice, violence, environmental degradation, and climate crisis.
The Anxiety Workbook Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 80
ISBN: 9780822967033
Pub Date: 17 Jan 2023
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Description:
The Anxiety Workbook is a full-length manuscript that explores contemporary anxiety, grief in its multitude of forms, and complicated familial dynamics via the lens of science and history while utilizing the language of therapy. These poems grapple with the ever-evolving collective and individual trauma of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as seek answers and lessons from the natural world. The termination of a pregnancy, a distant father, the untimely death of a friend, our society’s obsession with Dateline and missing white girls, the estivation of the West African lungfish - The Anxiety Workbook covers these topics and much more in poems ranging from the hyper-narrative to the highly lyrical, rich in voice and description.
Nature’s Crossroads Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 420
ISBN: 9780822947387
Pub Date: 10 Jan 2023
Series: Pittsburgh Hist Urban Environment
Description:
Minnesota’s Twin Cities have long been powerful engines of change. From their origins in the early nineteenth century, the Twin Cities helped drive the dispossession of the region’s Native American peoples, turned their riverfronts into bustling industrial and commercial centers, spread streets and homes outward to the horizon, and reached well beyond their urban confines, setting in motion the environmental transformation of distant hinterlands. As these processes unfolded, residents inscribed their culture into the landscape, complete with all its tensions, disagreements, contradictions, prejudices, and social inequalities.
An Introduction to the History of Chronobiology, Volume 3 Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780822947332
Pub Date: 27 Dec 2022
Description:
In three volumes, historian Jole Shackelford delineates the history of the study of biological rhythms – now widely known as chronobiology – from antiquity into the twentieth century. Perhaps the most well-known biological rhythm is the circadian rhythm, tied to the cycles of day and night and often referred to as the “body clock.” But there are many other biological rhythms, and although scientists and the natural philosophers who preceded them have long known about them, only in the past thirty years have a handful of pioneering scientists begun to study such rhythms in plants and animals seriously.
Claiming Brazil Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 324
ISBN: 9780822947219
Pub Date: 20 Dec 2022
Series: Pitt Latin American Series
Description:
Brazil marked its centennial as an independent country in 1922. Claiming Brazil explores how Brazilians from different walks of life commemorated the event, and how this led to conflicting ideas of national identity. Civic rituals hold enormous significance, and Brazilian citizens, immigrants, and visitors employed them to articulate and perform their sense of what Brazil was, stood for, and could be.
Polygynous Marriages among the Kyrgyz Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 284
ISBN: 9780822947530
Pub Date: 20 Dec 2022
Series: Central Eurasia in Context
Description:
During Soviet rule, the state all but imposed atheism on the primarily Islamic people of Kyrgyzstan and limited the tradition of polygyny - a form of polygamy in which one man has multiple wives. Polygyny did continue under communism, though chiefly under concealment. In the decades since the fall of the Soviet Union, the practice has reemerged.
Kairotic Inspiration Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 194
ISBN: 9780822947509
Pub Date: 06 Dec 2022
Series: Composition, Literacy, and Culture
Description:
On the precipice of the Sixth Extinction, we face a frightening fate - ongoing ecological crises that may result in not only the extinction of a million species within decades but another mass extinction event like the one that wiped out the dinosaurs. In Kairotic Inspiration: Imagining the Future in the Sixth Extinction, Sarah Allen suggests that humans face this future, whatever it brings, by attending to the ways in which all beings are caught in the entangled processes of becoming. But change is often painful and requires inspiration.
Making Entomologists Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 252
ISBN: 9780822947516
Pub Date: 06 Dec 2022
Series: Science and Culture in the Nineteenth Century
Description:
Popular natural history periodicals in the nineteenth century had an incredible democratizing power. By welcoming contributions from correspondents regardless of their background, they posed a significant threat to those who considered themselves to be gatekeepers of elite science, and who in turn used their own periodicals to shape more exclusive communities. Making Entomologists reassesses the landscape of science participation in the nineteenth century, offering a more nuanced analysis of the supposed amateur-professional divide that resonates with the rise of citizen science today.
The Dynamics of Science Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 308
ISBN: 9780822947370
Pub Date: 06 Dec 2022
Description:
Millions of scientific articles are published each year, making it difficult to stay abreast of advances within even the smallest subdisciplines. Traditional approaches to the study of science, such as the history and philosophy of science, involve closely reading a relatively small set of journal articles. And yet many questions benefit from casting a wider net: Is most scientific change gradual or revolutionary?