Princeton University Press’s European office is now operating from a new location on Banbury Road in North Oxford. The move offers vastly increased capacity for a growing number of UK-based staff and includes space for hosting author events and other Press functions, as well as for welcoming visiting authors and Press employees from PUP’s Princeton and Beijing offices. As part of a commitment to supporting staff safety and well-being, and prioritizing the flexibility often needed for work-life balance, the Press will continue to offer staff hybrid, fully on-site, and fully off-site work options.
The move into Oxford, from the neighboring town of Woodstock, Oxfordshire, comes as the Press celebrates twenty-two years in Europe and its growing UK-based staff, working across editorial, marketing, and digital publishing. A global publisher of trade and academic titles as well as textbooks, spanning a diversity of disciplines, PUP takes pride in its roster of published and forthcoming titles from European authors, including Jim Al-Khalili, Mary Beard, Martin Rees, Minouche Shafik, Diane Coyle, Shruti Kapila, Jonthan Haskel, Stian Westlake, Geoff Mulgan, Hermione Lee, Judith Herrin, Alice Evans, Clare Carlisle, Marion Turner, David Lindo, Claudia de Rham, Oliver Morton, Jan Eeckhout, and Paul Tucker, among others.
Major initiatives—Princeton Audio, the Press’s audiobooks program, and PUP Speaks an in-house speakers’ agency—operate globally from the European office, as does the Press’s formidable international rights team. Guided by a European Board of Advisors, the Press has actively built and grown collaborations across the United Kingdom, including a publishing and distribution partnership with the natural history publisher Wild Nature Press, and has recently launched the TORCH Lectures in European History and Culture, in partnership with the University of Oxford’s Research Centre in the Humanities.
Princeton University Press’s Director, Christie Henry; Associate Director and Chief Financial Officer, Scot Kuehm; and Caroline Priday, Head of the European office, note, “We are incredibly excited to start a new chapter in the Press’s global publishing narrative with a move to the city of dreaming spires. Oxford has for centuries been an incredible community of learning, writing, reading, publishing, and bookselling. We are excited to open our new doors and new dialogues in support of our scholarly publishing mission, and to join the community of scholars, publishers, libraries, and bookstores of Oxford in a shared commitment to the impact and resiliency of the book.”
The Victorian building at 99 Banbury Road was previously occupied by the Voltaire Foundation—part of the Humanities Division at the University of Oxford, in partnership with Wolfson College—which will remain as tenant, along with the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI). It was once home to Oxford Mayor Frederick William Ansell (1840–1932).
Many of PUP’s European staff have now begun work in the building and very much look forward to welcoming colleagues, authors, advisers, and a myriad of other publishing partners into our new space: here’s to many new collaborations and adventures ahead!