Transaction: Publisher of Record in
International Social Science

For many years Library of Social Science has worked with publishers to present their important titles through our exhibits at cutting-edge conferences. Consistent with this mission, LSS in 2016 will promote outstanding scholarly and professional books through our Newsletter, which reaches 48,847 scholars around the world.

We begin with a title that seems particularly appropriate today: Nancy Maveety’s Picking Judges from Transaction Publishers. Please be on the lookout for our next flyer—for details on this exciting, new book.

Transaction is one of our special clients. We’ve been promoting their notable titles for over a decade.
Mary CurtisMary E. Curtis has been President of Transaction Publishers, Inc. since 1997. Ms. Curtis served as Chairman of Transaction Publishers, Inc. from 1995 to 1997. Ms. Curtis serves as a Director of Transaction Publishers, Inc. She graduated from Washington University. To read her blog, please click here.
Library of Social Science has been working with Transaction Publishers for many years to promote their important titles at our book exhibits. We’ll be doing so again in 2016 (see our schedule here). Above and below: Transaction Publications on display at recent Library of Social Science Book Exhibits.
Publisher representatives often visit LSS Book Exhibits and hang out with us. Above is Marketing Manager, Mindy Waizer—with Transaction titles at the 2015 meeting of the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture & Society.

About Transaction Publishers

Founded in 1962, Transaction Publishers has built an enduring reputation for excellence as an independent publisher and distributor of social science books. Publishing renowned and emerging authors in the core disciplines of economics, political science, history, sociology, anthropology, and psychology, Transaction’s scope has grown to include urban studies, policy analysis, philosophy, organizational behavior, criminology, and more.

Although Transaction is recognized today as publisher and distributor of books and eBooks, it began with a Ford Foundation grant at Washington University in St. Louis. Initially separated into documentary films, public education, and publication divisions, with the first issue of Transaction: Social Science and Modern Society in 1963, publishing quickly became the focus. This periodical, later renamed Society magazine, went on to establish an enviable reputation as the social science counterpart to Scientific American.

Founded by a distinguished trio of social scientists, Alvin W. Gouldner, Lee Rainwater, and Irving Louis Horowitz, Transaction Publishers evolved from a foundation-supported university activity into a privately-funded, university-based publishing house. Gouldner and Rainwater moved on to distinguished teaching positions, while Horowitz became the organization’s first president and, later, editorial director until 2012.

From the outset of its conversion to a private enterprise in 1968, shareholders have been eminent social scientists and scholars, including David Riesman, Seymour Martin Lipset, John W. Bennett, Marion J. Levy, Jr., Sheldon Messinger, Howard S. Becker, Aaron Wildavsky, Herbert Blumer, and Oscar Lewis.

In 1969, Transaction Publishers was invited to join Rutgers University, where it remained until 2013. Currently, Transaction’s offices are housed in Piscataway, NJ, adjacent to the Rutgers University campus in Piscataway. Transaction maintains the strong university ties it has enjoyed for nearly fifty years.

Over the years, Transaction has had the distinct honor of developing strategic partnerships with prestigious organizations. In 2004 Aldine Publishing Company was acquired by Transaction, launching the AldineTransaction imprint and adding seven hundred books to its list.

Additionally, Transaction acquired book lists from Precedent Publishers in 2009. In 2011, Transaction began publishing books originally issued by Rutgers’ Center for Urban Policy Research, creating the imprint CUPR/Transaction. This collaboration also allows Transaction to offer a new generation of research to the urban policy and planning community. Other partnerships include those with the World Bank and the TODA Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research.