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Guided by an unwavering dedication to academia and an entrepreneurial spirit, the passionate and determined Sara Miller McCune founded SAGE in 1965 just a few months shy of her 24th birthday. With the help of her friend, mentor, and future husband, George McCune, Sara set out to start a publishing house that would allow scholars to disseminate quality research in their own voices, often breaking ground in new or emerging areas of study.

In its early years, Sara and George made personal sacrifices to grow the company and made many important decisions as a two-person team over their breakfast table. The name SAGE was inspired by merging the first two letters of the SAra and GEorge's names.

Continuously driven by the belief that flourishing educational programs and engaged scholarship create healthy minds and ultimately, healthy societies, SAGE has been instrumental in the development of a number of academic fields within the social sciences, notably interpersonal violence, communication, gender studies, and comparative politics. SAGE is credited with being an early driver in the publication of social science research methods and is the world’s largest publisher of social science research methods today.

In 2015, SAGE will celebrate fifty years of independent publishing. Under the direction of Sara Miller McCune, the company has retained its passionate advocacy for the social sciences, developing new fields of inquiry, supporting changing scholarship, and championing the role of social science to the media, policy makers, and society at large.

In recent years, SAGE has worked extensively with organizations such as the Consortium of Social Science Associations, the Federation for Associations in Brain and Behavioral Sciences (FABBS), the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education of the National Research Council, the Academy of Social Sciences, and the British Academy; has launched new platforms for communication such as the international community site and blog network,; and has funded the launch of a major new podcast series, Social Science Bites.

In addition, SAGE has grown its publishing program to cover a broad spectrum: SAGE supports education and scholarship in medicine and engineering, publishing more than 800 books a year and 700+ journals. It also has an extensive digital publishing portfolio, with new online products launching each year.

With principal offices in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, and Washington DC, SAGE employs more than 1,200 people worldwide. Sara Miller McCune has guaranteed through her estate plan that the company will continue to grow as an independent, values-driven company for the indefinite future. This means that SAGE will remain fiercely committed to education and scholarship, academic excellence, and alignment with its publishing partners and that those who work with SAGE will always be treated with the utmost respect and integrity.

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