Bruce Wilcox graduated from Harvard College in 1969. He then embarked on a career in book publishing, including seven years as an editor at the University of Washington Press and thirty-two years as director of the University of Massachusetts Press, before retiring in 2014. Over the course of his career he assisted in the publication of more than 1,200 books, ranging across the humanities and social sciences. He also was active in the Association of American University Presses (AAUP), serving two terms on the Board of Directors and one term as president. On behalf of the AAUP he met with scholarly publishers in Russia, Poland, Hungary, and Romania (1977); China (1985); Estonia and the Czech Republic (1992); and Colombia (1997). He has been a panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts, judging book proposals, and served on the Board of Directors of The Massachusetts Review (1987-2012) and the Journal of Scholarly Publishing (1992-2009). He grew up in Cambridge and now lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.