Left Coast Press, Inc., is a publisher of academic and professional materials in the humanities, social
sciences, and related professional disciplines. We produce a wide range of products in a targeted set of
fields, including anthropology, archaeology, museum studies, and qualitative research. It is our goal that
scholars, students, professionals and others interested in these fields will come to us first for their needs
in research, teaching, professional practice, and even light reading.
Independently owned and run, Left Coast was launched in March 2005 by Mitch Allen, founder and former
publisher of AltaMira Press and former executive editor of Sage Publications. In our first seven years
we have grown to over 350 book titles in print and other products.
Most are now available in both print and electronic formats. Our
staff has grown from one to a dozen (as well as sporadic interns and several canine security officers).
In addition, we provide sustenance to over 35 freelancers in production, design, and marketing. Our books
are available worldwide through a network of distributors who specialize
in academic works. Our electronic products are available through our
website, through vendors who service libraries, and through other retail channels.
Please note that we are unrelated to Dorothy Yule's Left Coast Press, publisher of limited-edition,
handmade artist's books. She can be reached at www.leftcoastpress.com.
Radical hippie publishers from the hot tubs of Mendocino? Hardly. In the popular media, the phrase "Left Coast" is used as a geographic, cultural, or political designation. For us, Left Coast represents our location in the San Francisco Bay Area, a region famous for fostering new, progressive ideas and incubating dynamic, innovative organizations for over a century. While we tote many decades of publishing experience around with us, we retain open minds about what the world of scholarly and professional publishing can and should be. You might say that we have the flavor of California's Left Coast thinking but without the fog.