Steve Luxenberg, “Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America’s Journey from Slavery to Segregation” (Norton, 2019)
Steve Luxenberg has created an unusual history of the famous Supreme Court case Plessy v. Ferguson and the 19th century’s segregationist practices in his book Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America’s Journey from Slavery to Segregation (Norton, 2019). It is unusual because it is chiefly an ensemble biography... Read More
Jamieson Webster, “Conversion Disorder: Listening to the Body in Psychoanalysis” (Columbia UP, 2019)
Entering into psychoanalysis takes courage, for patients and analysts alike. When it does what it’s supposed to do, it changes one’s relationship to the bigger questions in life—transforming a search for answers into an embrace of the unknown. But such transformation requires a change in how one thinks about knowledge... Read More
Borayin Larios, “Embodying the Vedas: Traditional Vedic Schools of Contemporary Maharashtra” (De Gruyter, 2017)
Embodying the Vedas: Traditional Vedic Schools of Contemporary Maharashtra (De Gruyter, 2017; open access) probes the backbone of what makes Hinduism the world’s oldest living tradition: the unbroken chain of transmission of Vedic texts composed over 3,000 years ago, originating circa 1750-1200 BCE.  What does the process of that transmission look... Read More
K. Kennen and N. Kirkwood, “Phyto: Principals and Resources for Site Remediation and Landscape Design” (Routledge, 2015)
Environmental crises are making headlines in the news everyday. As public awareness increases about brownfields, pollutants, and water quality, Phyto: Principals and Resources for Site Remediation and Landscape Design (Routledge, 2015) is the tool to mediate those pressing issues. The authors are both landscape architects who address “how to” contain... Read More
Emma Hunter, “Political Thought and the Public Sphere in Tanzania” (Cambridge UP, 2017)
Histories of African nationalism and decolonization have often assumed that political ideas such as freedom and democracy were imported into African colonies and helped motivate Africans to seek their independence. Through an insightful reading of Swahili language press, Dr. Emma Hunter‘s new book Political Thought and the Public Sphere in... Read More