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About Us


By publishing serious works that contribute to a global understanding of human affairs, Yale University Press aids in the discovery and dissemination of light and truth, lux et veritas, which is a central purpose of Yale University. The publications of the Press are books and other materials that further scholarly investigation, advance interdisciplinary inquiry, stimulate public debate, educate both within and outside the classroom, and enhance cultural life. In its commitment to increasing the range and vigor of intellectual pursuits within the university and elsewhere, Yale University Press continually extends its horizons to embody university publishing at its best.


Yale University Press is a community of professionals driven by intellectual curiosity and the pursuit of excellence. We are committed to fostering an environment that encourages healthy discourse and understanding that extends to the public sphere. We value one another both as individuals and for the contributions that move us toward our shared goals. Each of us strives to exemplify:


We endeavor to be our best selves and actively support each other to put forth the highest quality of work. 


We care deeply about our work and how it contributes to the collective mission of publishing important books. 


We rely on each other, operate with integrity, and communicate transparently.


We treat each other fairly and with dignity, remaining open to different perspectives.


We are considerate of one another and demonstrate a generosity of spirit in all interactions.  


We seek a diversity of viewpoints and do not tolerate discrimination or harassment in any form.

These qualities establish Yale University Press as a world-class global publisher, whose values are reflected broadly in our dealings with our authors, partners, booksellers, customers, and readers.

About the Director

John Donatich

John Donatich has served as the Director of Yale University Press since 2003. He previously served as VP Publisher of Basic Books. He earned a BA and MA from New York University. His articles and essays have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, The Village Voice and many other periodicals. He has published two books, Ambivalence, A Love Story and a novel, The Variations. He has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a fellow at the Whitney Center for the Humanities, and was recently awarded a fellowship by the Corporation of Yaddo.  He lives in New Haven, CT and New York, NY.  He is married to writer, agent, editor Betsy Lerner and father to Raffaella Donatich.