Established as a scholarly publisher in 1940, UT Press
stimulates scholarly research in many fields, channels such studies to a large readership, and extends the regional leadership of the University by publishing research projects concerned with the South. UT Press specializes in American studies, concentrating on history, archaeology, vernacular architecture, material culture, religion, folklore, literature, African American studies, Native American studies, and works in all disciplines concerned with Appalachia and the Southeast. Further, the press has earned a national reputation for excellence, and it has published titles representing both traditional and cutting-edge scholarship. The Press's editorial point of view reflects an awareness of social and quality-of-life issues and results in books that inform thought and policy as well as contribute to scholarship.