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San Diego State University Press

San Diego State University Press is the longest established university press in the CSU system.  The press was founded in 1959, and from 1989 to 2008 it operated offices on both the San Diego and Imperial Valley campuses.  Harry Polkinhorn has been Director of SDSU Press since 1989.  Sheila Dollente held the position of   Associate Director for 18 years, working with the Calexico office until its closing in 2008.  An Editorial Board oversees the publication offerings that focus on two main areas in which the press specializes:  Southwest and U.S.-Mexico Border History, and Cultural Theory/Postmodernism.  Past inventory and some special projects for the university have been published in areas other than the two specializations.  An example is Dead Sea Scrolls, an exhibition catalogue published in conjunction with the San Diego Natural History Museum.

The Binational Press was founded in 1987 as a cooperative effort between San Diego State University—Imperial Valley, and the Autonomous University of Baja California, Mexico.  The press publishes work by new, emerging, and established Mexican and U.S. writers who deal in some way with border experience.  What makes this press unique is that it is simultaneously regional and international and features the mutual sharing of all editorial and production responsibilities by members of these institutions, made possible by their close proximity and participation in a common border culture.  To reflect these interests, each volume features works that have been translated into the other language.  The Binational Press is an imprint of both San Diego State University Press and the Autonomous University of Baja California Press.


Link to our web catalogue and ordering information:

Selected titles:

Description of Distant Roads: Original Journals of the First Expedition into California, 1769-1770,  by Juan Crespí.  Edited and translated by Alan K. Brown

Fluxus:  The History of an Attitude,  by Owen F. Smith

Modular Approaches to the Study of the Mind,  by Noam Chomsky
Series:  Distinguished Graduate Research Lecture

Women on the Road. . . ,  by Rosina Conde
Series:  Baja California Literature in Translation

Border Lives, Editors H. Polkinhorn, G. Trujillo Muñoz, Rogelio Reyes
Imprint: Binational Press/Editorial Binacional