Southern Illinois University Press publishes scholarly and trade books in the following subject areas
- American history (African American, Civil War, Reconstruction)
- American literature (Beat writers)
- Film and media studies
- Philosophy (Dewey)
- Regional studies (history, natural history and culture)
- Rhetoric and composition
- Theater history and stagecraft
Active Book series:
Detailed, multiauthor campaign studies of the western theater of the Civil War.
Brief books on Lincoln—both broad overviews and monographs—for a general audience as well as for Lincoln specialists.
Critical editions and translations of important primary rhetorical works from ancient times through the nineteenth century.
Scholarly works in a variety of formats that explore legal and constitutional change during the Civil War era from a number of possible angles, including presidential leadership, legislative mandates, and judicial interpretation.
New works on the history, natural history and/or culture of the region.
Reprinted paperback editions of classic works on the history, natural history and/or culture of the region.
Traditional and cutting-edge scholarly works that extend the significant relationship between rhetoric and feminism within various genres, cultural contexts, historical periods, methodologies, theoretical positions, and methods of delivery.
Scholarly studies that vary from the critical to historical to linguistic to ethnographic, and which range from work on individual writers and teachers to work on classrooms and communities and curricula to analyses of the social, political, and material contexts of writing and its teaching.
Scholarly works focusing on the performance and production of theater and theater artists and practitioners throughout the Americas.