Welcome to the North Dakota State University Press
- History and Mission
- Editorial Board
History and Mission
North Dakota State University Press (NDSU Press) exists to stimulate and coordinate interdisciplinary regional scholarship. These regions include the Red River Valley, the state of North Dakota, the plains of North America (comprising both the Great Plains of the United States and the prairies of Canada), and comparable regions of other continents. We publish peer reviewed regional scholarship shaped by national and international events and comparative studies.
Neither topic nor discipline limits the scope of NDSU Press publications. We consider manuscripts in any field of learning. We define our scope, however, by a regional focus in accord with the press’s mission. Generally, works published by NDSU Press address regional life directly, as the subject of study. Such works contribute to scholarly knowledge of region (that is, discovery of new knowledge) or to public consciousness of region (that is, dissemination of information, or interpretation of regional experience). Where regions abroad are treated, either for comparison or because of ties to those North American regions of primary concern to the press, the linkages are made plain. For nearly three-quarters of a century, NDSU Press has published substantial trade books, but the line of publications is not limited to that genre. We also publish textbooks (at any level), reference books, anthologies, reprints, papers, proceedings, and monographs. The press also considers works of poetry or fiction, provided they are established regional classics or they promise to assume landmark or reference status for the region. We select biographical or autobiographical works carefully for their prospective contribution to regional knowledge and culture. All publications, in whatever genre, are of such quality and substance as to embellish the imprint of NDSU Press.
In 2017 we celebrated the first publications from our Heritage Guide Series and our Contemporary Voices of Indigenous Peoples Series. You can find out more about our series here.
We changed our imprint to North Dakota State University Press in January 2016. Prior to that, and since 1950, we published as the North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies Press. We continue to operate under the umbrella of the North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies, located at North Dakota State University.
Dr. David Bertolini, Director of NDSU Press and Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Dr. David Bertolini has an interdisciplinary background in education and research with a PhD from Temple University in English and a Master’s degree in architecture from Virginia Tech. He has over twelve years of experience in practice from light frame construction of residential additions and alterations to large scale hospitality projects. He worked as a project manager at the award-winning firm Bower Lewis Thrower Architects in Philadelphia, PA. In March 2018, he became Director of NDSU Press, following service as the Chair of the Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.
Dr. Suzzanne Kelley, Editor in Chief and Assistant Professor of Practice
Dr. Kelley is Editor in Chief for NDSU Press and Assistant Professor of Practice. She has a BS in Applied Learning & Development from the University of Texas—Austin, summa cum laude; an MA in history from the University of Central Oklahoma where she earned the Edward Everett Dale Award; a PhD in history from North Dakota State University; and a Certificate in Publishing from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Her publications include the co-edited anthology Paper Camera: A Half Century with New Rivers Press and peer-reviewed articles in The Swedish-American Historical Quarterly and New Plains Review. She has worked with state, national, and international journals, editing articles with a wide array of research topics including agriculture, politics, history, and Chinese studies. Since 2003, she has worked in all genres of literary and scholarly publishing, shepherding more than sixty books through all stages of editing and production. She teaches courses in publishing, and she serves as president of the Midwest Independent Publishing Association, which represents a twelve-state region. When she is not making books or teaching, she conducts scholarly research in the Great Plains, Australia, and New Zealand, discovering connections between memory and place.
Zachary Vietz, Graduate Assistant
Zachary Vietz is the graduate assistant for NDSU Press. He has a BS in English from North Dakota State University and is currently working towards his Master’s in English, with a focus on indie and small/independent publisher book awards.
NDSU Press Contact/Mailing Information
North Dakota State University Press
NDSU Department 2360
P.O. Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050