Director of the MIT Press in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Amy Brand is a thought leader on expanding access to knowledge, and Director and Publisher of the MIT Press, one of the largest university presses in the world. The MIT Press is well known for its publications in emerging fields of scholarship and its pioneering use of technology. Brand’s career spans a wide array of experiences in academia and research information. She received her doctorate in cognitive science from MIT and has held a number of positions in scholarly communications, publishing, and information access at MIT, Digital Science, and Harvard University before returning to the MIT Press in 2015 to serve as director and publisher. She co-founded the Knowledge Futures Group and currently serves on boards of several information organizations including Crossref, Creative Commons, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the Board on Research Data and Information of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine. She is also executive producer of Picture a Scientist, a 2020 feature documentary on women in science and how to make academic science more diverse and equitable.