Peter Baldwin, member of the ACLS Board of Directors, has published a new book on open access, Athena Unbound: Why and How Scholarly Knowledge Should Be Free for All. In Athena Unbound, Baldwin offers an “up-to-date look at the ideals and history behind open access, and unpacks the controversies that arise when the dream of limitless information slams into entrenched interests in favor of the status quo.” The book is available from MIT Press, including in an open access format.

In Athena Unbound, Peter Baldwin offers an admirably pragmatic yet principled approach to the perennial problem of encouraging both the production and distribution of knowledge. Paul Romer

Nobel Laureate and New York University professor

Baldwin is a professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles and Global Distinguished Professor at New York University. He has published books on the comparative history of the welfare state, on public health, and on the global development of copyright.

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Supporting the Creation and Circulation of Knowledge

For more than 100 years, ACLS has supported the creation and circulation of knowledge that advances understanding of humanity and human endeavors. Opening scholarship to historically underserved geographies and readers encourages greater equity in the dissemination of knowledge. ACLS staff looks forward to continuing this work with colleagues across our constituencies—publishers, libraries, and scholars—who are committed to humanistic scholarship and the support of a healthy humanities infrastructure.

Amplifying Humanistic Scholarship