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Rowman & Littlefield

Rowman & Littlefield
Founded1949; 75 years ago (1949)
FounderWalter Rowman and Arthur W. Littlefield
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationLanham, Maryland, U.S.
DistributionNational Book Network (US)
NBN International (UK)

Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group is an American independent academic publishing company founded in 1949. Under several imprints, the company offers scholarly books for the academic market, as well as trade books. The company also owns the book distributing company National Book Network based in Lanham, Maryland.


The current company took shape when the University Press of America acquired Rowman & Littlefield in 1988 and took the Rowman & Littlefield name for the parent company.[1][2]

Since 2013, there has also been an affiliated company based in London called Rowman & Littlefield International. It is editorially independent and publishes only academic books in Philosophy, Politics & International Relations and Cultural Studies.

The company sponsors the Rowman & Littlefield Award in Innovative Teaching, the only national teaching award in political science given in the United States. It is awarded annually by the American Political Science Association for people whose innovations have advanced political science pedagogy.[3]

On May 29, 2024, Rowman & Littlefield sold its academic publishing business to Bloomsbury Publishing (with the exception of most of Globe Pequot, the Rowman & Littlefield trade publishing arm, Sundance-Newbridge, the National Book Network, or the company's trade distribution business).[4][5]


Current imprints

  • Alban (acquired 2014 from the Alban Institute)[6]
  • AltaMira Press (acquired 1999 from SAGE Publications)
  • Amadeus Books (acquired 2018 from Hal Leonard[7])
  • Applause Theatre & Cinema Books (acquired 2018 from Hal Leonard[7])
  • Ardsley House Publishers, Inc.
  • Bernan Press (acquired 2008)
  • Bonus Books
  • Cowley Publications (acquired 2007 from the Society of St. John the Evangelist.[8])
  • General Hall (acquired 2000)[9]
  • Globe Pequot Press (acquired 2014 from Morris Communications)[10]
  • Down East Books (acquired by Rowman & Littlefield in 2013)[11]
  • Falcon Guides
  • Gooseberry Patch (acquired 2015)[12]
  • Lyons Press
  • Muddy Boots (launched 2016)[13]
  • Pineapple Press (acquired 2018)[14]
  • Stackpole Books (acquired 2015)[15]
  • Taylor Trade (acquired by Rowman & Littlefield in 2001)[16][17]
  • Bridge Works (acquired 2000)
  • Cooper Square Press (founded 1961 by Rowman & Littlefield, acquired 1988 by UPA)
  • Northland Publishing backlist (acquired in 2007)[18]
  • including Rising Moon and Luna Rising imprints[19]
  • Northword Books for Young Readers (acquired 2007)
  • Two-Can Publishing (acquired 2007)[20]
  • The Derrydale Press (acquired 1999)
  • Madison Books (founded 1985 by UPA)
  • M. Evans (acquired 2005)[21]
  • Roberts Rinehart (acquired 2000)[22][23]
  • TwoDot Books
  • Government Institutes (acquired 2004)
  • Hal Leonard Books (acquired 2018 from Hal Leonard[7])
  • Hamilton Books (founded 2003)
  • Ivan R. Dee (acquired 1998)
  • Jason Aronson (acquired 2003)
  • Limelight Editions (acquired 2018 from Hal Leonard[7])
  • Madison House Publishers (acquired 2000)[9]
  • Newbridge Educational Publishing (acquired 2008 from Haights Cross)
  • Prometheus Books (acquired 2019)
  • Rowman & Littlefield Education or R&L Education (formerly Technomic Books, acquired 1999)
  • Rowman & Littlefield (acquired 1988 by UPA)
    • Philip Turner Books (founded 2009)
  • Scarecrow Press (acquired 1995 by UPA from Grolier)
  • Sheed & Ward (founded in the 1920s in London by Frank Sheed and his wife, Maisie Ward, both prominent in the Catholic Action movement; acquired 2002 from the Priests of the Sacred Heart)[24]
  • SR Books (acquired 2004 from Scholarly Resources, Inc., of Wilmington, Delaware)
  • Sundance Publishing (acquired 2008 from Haights Cross)
  • University Press of America (founded 1975)
  • The World Today Series (acquired 2011 from Stryker-Post Publications)

Former imprints

Imprints formerly published by Rowman & Littlefield include:

  • Lexington Books (Sold to Bloomsbury Publishing in 2024)[4]
  • Applause Books (Sold to Bloomsbury Publishing in 2024)[4]
  • Backbeat Books (Sold to Bloomsbury Publishing in 2024)[4]


See also


  1. ^ Streitfeld, David (September 13, 1998). "Book Report". Washington Post. Archived from the original on February 17, 2023. Retrieved February 16, 2023.
  2. ^ McDowell, Edwin (November 27, 1989). "University Press, An Academic Publisher That Deals In Bulk". The New York Times. Archived from the original on February 24, 2024.
  3. ^ "Professor Van Vechten Named to Receive 2008 Roman [sic] & Littlefield Award". American Political Science Association. July 12, 2008. Archived from the original on July 12, 2008. Retrieved July 12, 2008.
  4. ^ a b c d Milliot, Jim. "Bloomsbury Buys Rowman & Littlefield Academic Division for $83 Million". Retrieved May 29, 2024.
  5. ^ "Spotlight". Rowman & Littlefield. May 29, 2024. Archived from the original on May 30, 2024.
  6. ^ Rowman & Littlefield Buys Alban Institute Book Program
  7. ^ a b c d Milliot, Jim (December 17, 2018). "Rowman & Littlefield Acquires Hal Leonard Trade Titles". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved May 26, 2019.
  8. ^ Rosen, Judith (January 10, 2007). "Rowman & Littlefield Buys Cowley List". Publishers Weekly.
  9. ^ a b Milliot, Jim (December 11, 2000). "Rowman & Littlefield Makes Four Buys". Publishers Weekly. Vol. 247, no. 50. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  10. ^ "Rowman & Littlefield Acquires Globe Pequot Press". Retrieved August 22, 2014.
  11. ^ "Rowman & Littlefield Buys Down East Book Assets". Retrieved August 22, 2014.
  12. ^ "Rowman & Littlefield Acquires Gooseberry Patch". Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  13. ^ "Globe Pequot to Launch Children's Imprint". Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  14. ^ "Rowman and Littlefield Acquires Pineapple Press". Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  15. ^ Milliot, Jim. "Rowman & Littlefield Buys Stackpole Books". Publishers Weekly.
  16. ^ "Lanham company buys two publishing firms". Washington Business Journal. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  17. ^ "Globe Pequot Launches Texas-Themed Imprint". Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  18. ^ Reporter, J. FERGUSONSun Staff (September 8, 2007). "Flagstaff publisher ready to turn page". Arizona Daily Sun. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  19. ^ "Rising Moon Launches Bilingual Imprint". Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  20. ^ "News Briefs". Publishers Weekly.
  21. ^ "News Briefs". Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  22. ^ "PW: Roberts Rinehart Assets Sold To Court Wayne Press". Retrieved August 22, 2014.
  23. ^ "Rowman &Littlefield Makes Four Buys". Retrieved August 22, 2014.
  24. ^ "Rowman & Littlefield Buys Sheed & Ward". Retrieved August 22, 2014.

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