Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and developed in cooperation with the Office of the Provost and the Graduate School, Quadrant is a joint initiative of the University of Minnesota Press, a leader in interdisciplinary scholarly publishing, and the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), a catalyst and incubator of research and discussion across disciplinary boundaries.
With the combined resources of Mellon, the Press, and the IAS, Quadrant provides tools for scholars to pursue interdisciplinary work and offers a new, more collaborative model of scholarly research and publication. Quadrant's structure is designed to be a significant transformation of current models of scholarly publication and collaborative work and to be an equally significant relocation of the place of the press within the university itself.
Four interdisciplinary research and publication groups provide the intellectual foundation of Quadrant: Design, Architecture, and Culture; Environment, Culture, and Sustainability; Global Cultures; and Health and Society. The groups are made up of faculty from across the University as well as scholars from around the world who are invited to participate in this initiative. Quadrant provides the administrative and financial support for these groups to hold public lectures, workshops, and, as appropriate, colloquia, panel discussions, or round-tables. In addition, the Press provides editorial support to group members, including fellows and visiting scholars who are developing book projects that may be considered for the Quadrant book imprint.