News Release

Brookings Partners with Rowman & Littlefield to Co-publish Expert Books

Monday, August 1, 2022

Beginning August 1, the Brookings Institution Press launches a co-publishing partnership with the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc.

The Brookings Institution today announced that its Brookings Institution Press is launching an exclusive co-publishing partnership with Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group. Under the partnership, Brookings will continue to oversee acquisitions and editorial review, while Rowman & Littlefield will produce, distribute, sell, and market Brookings Institution Press titles.

“Brookings Institution Press authors are known worldwide as a source for authoritative and innovative research and analysis on the most pressing public policy challenges facing society,” said Brookings Interim President Amy Liu. “By partnering with Rowman & Littlefield, the Brookings Institution Press and its authors will benefit from the scale, resources, and expertise of a publishing industry leader to build on its history and expand its impact in an evolving publishing landscape. We’re looking forward to working with a local publisher who is well versed in policy scholarship with a vision for a responsive and collaborative relationship.”

Under the arrangement, Rowman & Littlefield will immediately begin to collaborate with the Brookings Institution Press on production, publicity, marketing, and related functions, and undertake distribution and sales responsibilities in November upon the conclusion of the Press’s current distribution relationships.

Rowman & Littlefield’s longtime CEO, Jed Lyons, commented, “We are thrilled to be entering into a long-term co-publishing collaboration with one of the oldest and most respected public policy and research organizations in our hometown of Washington, DC.” Rowman & Littlefield Publisher Julie Kirsch added, “The Brookings Institution Press is known for its high-quality, timely books, and this partnership is a natural fit. We look forward to leveraging our resources and expertise to co-publish and promote this outstanding list.”

Publishing has been an integral facet of the Brookings Institution’s mission since its founding in 1916. The Brookings Institution Press grew from its beginning as an outlet for institutional research over one hundred years ago to a full-fledged academic press that publishes over 30 titles each year. The Brookings Institution Press has consistently ranked among the top academic press publishers in political science and is a member of the Association of University Presses and Association of American Publishers. In recent years, the Press has published a number of acclaimed titles across a range of disciplines by Brookings experts and outside authors alike, including The Constitution of Knowledge: A Defense of Truth by Jonathan Rauch; Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do About It by Richard V. Reeves; Diversity Explosion: How the New Racial Demographics Are Remaking America by William H. Frey; Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin by Clifford Gaddy and Fiona Hill; Trump’s Democrats by Stephanie Muravchik and Jon A. Shields; and Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup by Andrew Zimbalist.

The first titles to publish under the new partnership will be the forthcoming Power Politics: Trump and the Assault on American Democracy by Darrell M. West; Divided We Fall by Alice M. Rivlin, Sheri Rivlin, and Allan Rivlin; The Party Leads All: The Evolving Role of the Chinese Communist Party edited by Jacques deLisle and Guobin Yang; and Hyperlocal: Place Governance in a Fragmented World edited by Jennifer S. Vey and Nate Storring.

About Rowman & Littlefield

Rowman & Littlefield, an imprint of the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc., is based in the Washington, DC area. An independent publisher for 73 years, its publishing program includes nonfiction, textbooks, academic scholarship and reference, and professional titles, as well as partnerships with associations, societies, and professional organizations across the humanities and social sciences. RLPG also includes the trade imprints Globe Pequot, Stackpole Books, and Prometheus Books, and K-12 education publisher Sundance Newbridge Publishing. The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc. (RLPG) owns National Book Network (NBN), which distributes RLPG’s trade titles and offers distribution services to other book publishers.


  • Andrea Risotto, Chief Communications Officer, The Brookings Institution
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  • Julie Kirsch, Senior Vice President and Publisher, Rowman & Littlefield
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About Brookings

The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. Our mission is to conduct in-depth, nonpartisan research to improve policy and governance at local, national, and global levels.