Founded in 1965, SAGE is the world’s leading independent academic and professional publisher.
Known for our commitment to quality and innovation, SAGE has helped inform and educate a global community of scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students across a broad range of subject areas.
With over 1000 employees globally from principal offices in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, and Washington DC, our publishing programme includes more than 600 journals and over 800 books, reference works and databases a year in business, humanities, social sciences, science, technology and medicine.
Believing passionately that engaged scholarship lies at the heart of any healthy society and that education is intrinsically valuable, SAGE aims to be the world’s leading independent academic and professional publisher. This means playing a creative role in society by disseminating teaching and research on a global scale, the cornerstones of which are good, long-term relationships, a focus on our markets, and an ability to combine quality and innovation.
Leading authors, editors and societies should feel that SAGE is their natural home: we believe in meeting the range of their needs, and in publishing the best of their work. We are a growing company, and our financial success comes from thinking creatively about our markets and actively responding to the needs of our customers.
The SAGE Story - a little history of SAGE
Founder and Chairman
Dr. Sara Miller McCune
Publisher and Executive Chairman
SAGE London Senior Management
President, SAGE International
Global Marketing Director
Chief Information Officer
Human Resources Director
Deputy Managing Director and Executive Vice President /Global Publishing
International Sales Director
Chief Operating Officer (COO) SAGE International
SAGE California Senior Management
Blaise R. Simqu
President & Chief Executive Officer
Executive Vice President & Managing Director Sage London
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
President, Corwin Press
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
SAGE Board of Directors
Dr. Sara Miller McCune
Publisher and Executive Chairman
Blaise R. Simqu
President & Chief Executive Officer
Director Education, Folger Shakespeare Library
David J. Walsh
David F. McCune
ROI Consulting Group
Believing passionately that engaged scholarship lies at the heart of any healthy society and that education is intrinsically valuable, SAGE aims to be the world's leading independent academic and professional publisher. This means playing a creative role in society by disseminating teaching and research on a global scale, the cornerstones of which are good, long-term relationships, a focus on our markets, and an ability to combine quality and innovation.
Leading authors, editors and societies should feel that SAGE is their natural home: we believe in meeting the range of their needs, and in publishing the best of their work. We are a growing company, and our financial success comes from thinking creatively about our markets and actively responding to the needs of our customers. We aim to be the envy of our competitors - to be people with high standards, who care for each other, and above all who take pride in working at SAGE.
Celebrating the Social Sciences
SAGE has been part of the global academic community for 45 years, supporting quality research that transforms society and our understanding of individuals, groups, and cultures. SAGE is the independent, innovative, natural home for scholars and educators who share our commitment and passion for the social sciences.
- The SAGE Story
- A letter from SAGE founder, Dr. Sara Miller McCune
- SAGE through the years
- View photos and images from the SAGE archives
- History Defines the Future: SAGE at 45.
A short (under 10 minute) edited video of longtime SAGE authors and editors honoring Dr. Sara Miller McCune in Santa Barbara in February
- Watch SAGE founder Dr. Sara Miller McCune discuss how SAGE became the world's leading publisher in research methods
- How SAGE has shaped research methods: a 40-year history — by John Creswell, University of Nebraska, Lincoln — a short book [PDF]
- SAGE 45th anniversary celebration in Santa Barbara
- Vice President of India addresses SAGE 45th celebration in New Delhi
- The crucial role of social science: a SAGE and British Academy workshop
- Making the case: an Academy of Social Sciences report
- SAGE sponsors the Joseph Lister Award lecture at the British Science Festival
Sara Miller McCune is the founder and executive chairman of the independent academic and professional publisher SAGE and president of the McCune Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Ventura, California, which aims to be an agent of productive change by supporting the growth of social capital in communities. Guided by an entrepreneurial spirit and an unwavering dedication to academia, the then-24-year-old Sara founded SAGE in 1965 in New York City. Her goal was to start a company that would allow scholars to disseminate quality research in their own voices and break new ground in emerging fields of study. She served as the company’s president for 18 years prior to becoming SAGE’s chairman in 1984. SAGE moved to California in mid-1966 and set up offices in London in 1971, in India in 1981, and Singapore in 2006, and acquired CQ Press, based in Washington, DC in 2008. Today, Ms. McCune also serves as a director of SAGE Publications Ltd and Corwin, a SAGE company and leading publisher for educational administrators and teachers. Ms. McCune remains actively involved in the company’s ongoing expansion and development.
In 2007, Ms. McCune founded the Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media and Public Policy in Santa Barbara, California, and today serves as its executive chairman. In 2008, she launched Miller-McCune magazine both in print and online, which was named one of Library Journal’s “10 Best Magazines” of 2008.
In 2012, the magazine, which brings the “science of society” to the public, was re-titled Pacific Standard. Since then, the magazine has been nominated for the American Society of Magazine Editors’ National Magazine Award for General Excellence in 2013 (one of only five in its category) and was awarded the Sidney Hillman Award honoring socially conscious journalism for its February 2014 article, "The Next Civil Rights Issue: Why Women Aren't Welcome on the Internet”; the Media for Liberty Award , honoring articles that explore the relationship between economic and political liberty, for its article "The Deluge" from May/June 2013; five Maggie awards from the Western Publishing Association, including Best Feature Article and Best Politics & Social Issues magazine in 2013; the American Psychoanalytic Association Award for Excellence in Journalism for the May/June 2013 article "What Does it Take for Traumatized Kids to Thrive?”; and a Folio Ozzie Award for Best Use of Illustration for the May/June 2012 issue "The Keyboard and the Damage Done,” to name a few of its many honors.
Reflecting her long-standing interest in philanthropy, especially in promoting world justice, Ms. McCune and SAGE were founding supporters of The Justice Project. She is also the co-founder and president of the McCune Foundation, founded in 1990. In memory of George D. McCune, Sara’s husband, first business mentor, and eventual business partner until his death in 1990, the foundation sponsors a Graduate Dissertation Fellowship at the UCSB Department of Communication. In 2002, the McCune Foundation’s board of directors agreed to award grants to grassroots organizations in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties that build “social capital” with an emphasis on educational and other opportunities for the poor and underserved. This program remains a priority of the foundation, which has supported groups such as the Oaxacan farmworker community in Ventura County. Ms. McCune’s philanthropic efforts extend to the local medical community; in 2007, she arranged a donation of $2.5 million to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital through SAGE. She is also a past president of the Santa Barbara Foundation Roundtable.
Ms. McCune is a passionate supporter of the arts. She was on the board of the Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts from 1998 through 2009 and, for much of that period, served as chief financial officer, helping the center to restore and reopen its Granada Theatre. She served on the board of directors for the Community Arts Music Association of Santa Barbara until 2014.
In February of 2011, Ms. McCune and SAGE donated £1 million to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London to build an indoor Jacobean theatre which opened in January of 2014. A patron and trustee of Shakespeare Globe Centre-USA Inc., Ms. McCune supported the Broadway production of the London-based Richard III (nominated for one 2014 Tony Award) and Twelfth Night (nominated for seven 2014 Tony Awards, and winner of two).
SAGE and Ms. McCune have pledged support for an upcoming PBS documentary on the life and times of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Sara currently chairs fundraising for further support of the production.
Ms. McCune is an active supporter of academic and university initiatives. She was a long-serving member of the board of directors at the American Academy of Political and Social Science until June of 2014, and in January 2012, she joined the board of directors of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. She has served as a trustee of the Fielding Graduate University headquartered in Santa Barbara, California, and was the university’s interim president in 1999-2000; in 2002, Fielding recognized her as a Lifetime Fellow.
Ms. McCune was a member of the University of California, Santa Barbara Foundation Board of Trustees for more than two decades. Currently, she co-chairs the Council for Arts & Lectures at the University of California, Santa Barbara which has a five-year campaign goal to raise $20 million, half going to current programming and half to its first endowment fund.
Ms. McCune served for two decades as a member of the Howard Samuels State Management and Policy Center (focused on state and local government) at the CUNY Graduate Center. She recently co-chaired the effort to endow a professorship at CUNY GC to honor her mentor and lifelong friend, Marilyn Jacobs Gittell.
In June 2005, Ms. McCune received from The Board of Directors of the Alumni Association from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a Life Membership, their highest award . In May 2012, she received an honorary doctorate from her alma mater, Queens College. This honor recognized Sara’s distinguished service to education, her many decades of publishing and philanthropic achievements, as well as her entrepreneurial skills.
In the summer of 2014, Ms. McCune was also awarded an honorary fellowship from Cardiff University and an honorary doctor of letters from Bath University, both acknowledging her esteemed work and contribution to the field of social sciences and the global publishing industry, as well as her philanthropy.
Over the years, Ms. McCune has received a number of additional awards for her business, academic and philanthropic achievements. In 1988, she received the American Evaluation Association's Special Award for Distinguished Contributions to the field of evaluation in recognition of the influential role SAGE played in institutionalizing evaluation. In 1993, the Knowledge Utilization Society awarded her its Outstanding International Service Award.
In 1998, Ms. McCune was recognized as the 1998 Philanthropist of the Year for Santa Barbara County by the National Society of Fundraising Executives (currently the Association of Fundraising Professionals). In 2002, Ms. McCune received the Distinguished Community Service Award from the Anti-Defamation League and Santa Barbara B’nai B’rith Lodge. In 2003, she received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Arts and Entertainment for the Greater Los Angeles area from Ernst & Young as well as the Ernst & Young Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award for “extraordinary leadership.”
In 2004, Ms. McCune was honored with the Hope Award by the Channel Islands Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. In 2006, Ms. McCune received the News-Press Lifetime Achievement Award from the Santa Barbara News-Press based on the recommendation of previous winners of the award. In 2009, she was honored as the Entrepreneur of the Year by the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara, and Opera Santa Barbara. In 2012, Ms. McCune received the HOPE Foundation’s Courageous Leadership Award in recognition for her contributions to education, philanthropy, and business. In May of 2013, Ms. McCune was inducted into the Pacific Coast Business Times Hall of Fame and was the first woman to receive this honor.
Ms. McCune is the stepmother of four, the grandmother of four, and the great-grandmother of seven. Ms. McCune resides in Montecito, California.
SAGE publishes and disseminates research and learning on a global scale, with registered publishing offices in Los Angeles, Washington DC, London, New Delhi, and Singapore.
To ensure the widest possible dissemination of our content, we work with representatives and agents across five continents. SAGE has sales offices in Beijing, Cairo, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne, Seoul, and Taipei.
SAGE employs some 1000 individuals around the world. In the United States, SAGE has two main offices, with more than 380 employees based in Los Angeles, California and more than 120 in Washington DC. SAGE also has sales representatives and agents based across North and South America in Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Mexico City, and Rio de Janeiro.
SAGE has recently expanded its North American team with Canadian representatives in Vancouver and Toronto, as a result of continued growth in this market in recent years. There is also a SAGE Editor based in Canada, enabling the company to expand its existing publishing in the region.
In India, where SAGE has held a publishing company since 1981, there are more than 180 employees based in New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderbad.
In the UK and Europe, SAGE employs more than 260 in London and Peterborough, with agents across Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland and Greece. SAGE also has employees based in the Netherlands and Sweden covering the Benelux region and Scandinavia.
SAGE has recently opened an office in Cairo and extended its team to cover both books and journals across the Middle East and North African regions. As part of its coverage of the African continent SAGE also has an agent based in Johannesburg covering Southern Africa.
SAGE has been strongly adding to its presence in the Asia Pacific region since 2006, when it created a regional headquarters in Singapore. The rapid expansion of the Asia Pacific team reflects SAGE’s growth and increased distribution of books, journals and reference works in the region. The team now has 20 permanent office staff based in the regional headquarters in Singapore or in local sales offices in China (Beijing and Shanghai), Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines and Australia.