About the Press
Launched in 1967, the University of Alaska Press is a nonprofit scholarly publisher and distributor of books about Alaska and the circumpolar regions. Although physically located at the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, the Press represents the entire University of Alaska– its three main universities (UAA, UAF, and UAS) as well as their satellite campuses– and by extension the entire state of Alaska.
UA Press publications cover an expanding range of subject areas, including politics and history, Native languages and cultures, science and natural history, biography and memoir, poetry, fiction and anthologies, and original translations. The Press publishes books in print and electronically for both the scholarly community and the general public. UA Press also serves as a distributor for many entities within the University of Alaska System and various independent publishers. UA Press books reach a global audience through sales and distribution provided by the University of Chicago Press.
The Press has an independent advisory board of scholars and writers with a diverse range of expertise. The board is responsible for final review and selection of titles published by the Press. UA Press is a member of the American Association of University Presses.
UA Press Series Editors
Alaska Literary Series edited by Peggy Shumaker
Classic Reprint Series edited by Eric Heyne
Oral Biography Series edited by William Schneider
Rasmuson Library Historical Translation Series edited by Marvin Falk
Jessica Cherry, Ph.D., is a geoscientist, commercial airplane pilot, photographer, film-maker, and writer. She served as a Research Faculty member at the University of Alaska Fairbanks from 2006-2017. There she ran a research group focused on hydrology and climatology, authoring more than 35 scientific papers and mentoring eight graduate students. She was a finalist for the NASA astronaut selection in 2012 and 2016 before moving to Anchorage to work as a flood forecaster for the National Weather Service.
Debby Dahl Edwardson, M.F.A., has lived for nearly 40 years in Utqiaġvik. Her most recent novel My Name is Not Easy (Marshall Cavendish/Amazon 2011) was a finalist for the National Book Award. She served on the North Slope Borough School District Board of Education for 18 years and teaches at Ilisagvik College, Alaska’s only tribal college. She sits on the advisory board of Story Knife Writing Retreat and hosts LoonSong a writing retreat held annually in northern Minnesota. In 2018 she began LoonSong Turtle Island, a writing retreat for Native American writers.
Beth Leonard, is a Professor in Alaska Native Studies at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Paul Ongtooguk, is the Director of Alaska Native Studies at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Jennifer Schell, Ph.D., received her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in the English Department's Critical and Cultural Studies Program. Her specialties include American literature, Arctic writing, animal studies, and environmental humanities. She is a Professor in the English Department at UAF.
Glenn D. Wright, is an Associate Professor of Political Science at UAS.