The Brookings Institution Press is the book- and journal-publishing arm of the Brookings Institution. All new Brookings Press titles are published in a variety of formats, and the Press is working vigorously to digitize its extensive backlist. With an eye to serving the global marketplace and increasing the worldwide impact of its publications, the Press aggressively promotes and distributes its work in international as well as domestic markets, licenses translation rights to foreign publishers, and partners with digital aggregators and e-retailers. The Press also provides sales and distribution services to a number of other research organizations around the globe.
Publishing has been a fundamental part of the Brookings Institution since its beginning in 1916. Early titles, which focused primarily on economics and government, include classics such as Principles Governing the Retirement of Public Employees, by political scientist Lewis Meriam, and The Problem of a National Budget, by William F. Willoughby. The Press’s all-time bestseller is Arthur Okun’s Equality and Efficiency. First published in 1975, not only is it still used by economics students today but is one of the Press's Brookings Classics.
Over the years, the Press expanded, and what had started as a vehicle for disseminating strictly institutional research became a full-fledged scholarly publisher, admitted in 1958 as a member of the Association of American University Presses.
The journals leg of the publications program was established in 1970 with the release of Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, now widely acknowledged as one of the premier journals in its field.
The Director of the Press is Valentina Kalk, who came on board in 2013. She joined Brookings with the objectives of further expanding its global reach, enriching its digital publishing program to capitalize on new technologies, and serving the next generation of researchers, scholars, and well-read citizens. Robert L. Faherty, who became Director in 1984, was named Publisher Emeritus following his retirement in 2013.