New Books Network

Majid Daneshgar, “Studying the Qur’an in the Muslim Academy” (Oxford UP, 2019)
“Consider the works of the renowned Nobel-prize-winning African American writer, literary and social critic, and activist Toni Morrison (b. 1931),” writes Majid Daneshgar. “Hers—like Said’s—are popular in the West and cover most of the principal themes covered by Orientalism, including otherness, outsider-ship, exploitation and cultural colonialism and imperialism. Yet …... Read More
Jonathan Haber, “Critical Thinking” (The MIT Press, 2020)
In this episode, I speak with fellow New Books in Education host, Jonathan Haber, about his book, Critical Thinking (The MIT Press, 2020). This book explains the widely-discussed but often ill-defined concept of critical thinking, including its history and role in a democratic society. We discuss the important role critical thinking plays in making decisions and... Read More
Federico R. Waitoller, “Excluded by Choice: Urban Students with Disabilities in the Education Marketplace” (Teachers College Press, 2020)
In this episode, I speak with Federico R. Waitoller about his book, Excluded by Choice: Urban Students with Disabilities in the Education Marketplace (Teachers College Press). This book highlights the challenges faced by students of color who have special needs and their parents who evaluate their educational options. We discuss... Read More
David Eaton, “World History through Case Studies: Historical Skills in Practice” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019)
Teaching world history surveys can be a nightmare! How on Earth is anyone supposed to cover so much information from all over the world and from so many different time periods? It can be nothing short of overwhelming. But fear not, listeners! Professor David Eaton has a strategy to stay... Read More
J. Kim and E. Maloney, “Learning Innovation and the Future of Higher Education and The Low-Density University” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2020)
Despite stereotypes of colleges and universities still stuck in the age of the blackboard and sage-on-stage lectures, a quiet revolution has been taking place on America’s campuses led by a diverse group of learning innovators.  Digital technology is one catalyst for this “turn to learning,” but professionals leading the charge... Read More
Beth Pickens, “Your Art Will Save Your Life” (The Feminist Press at CUNY, 2018)
As a teenager visiting the Andy Warhol Museum, Beth Pickens realized the importance of making art. As an adult, she has dedicated her life to empowering working artists. Intimate yet practical, Your Art Will Save Your Life (The Feminist Press at CUNY) helps artists build a sustainable practice while navigating the... Read More
Philis Barragán-Goetz, “Reading, Writing, and Revolution: Escuelitas and the Emergence of a Mexican American Identity in Texas” (U Texas Press, 2020)
Debates about Ethnic Studies in K-12 and Higher Education have highlighted the importance of culturally inclusive pedagogy in schools. Despite discussions about Ethnic Studies, there is a more extended history of Mexican-origin people pushing for culturally responsive education. In Reading, Writing, and Revolution: Escuelitas and the Emergence of a Mexican... Read More
Katie Day Good, “Bring the World to the Child: Technologies of Global Citizenship in American Education” (MIT Press, 2020)
Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, boosters of digital educational technologies emphasized that these platforms are vital tools for cultivating global citizenship, connecting students across borders, and creating a participatory learning environment. In Bring the World to the Child: Technologies of Global Citizenship in American Education (MIT Press), Katie Day Good... Read More
Arthur B. Markman, “Bring Your Brain to Work: Using Cognitive Science to Get a Job, Do It Well, and Advance Your Career” (HBR Press, 2019)
What does it take to both fit in and yet also prosper and grow as a person in the workplace? In this interview, I discuss this question and others with noted psychologist Arthur B. Markman. Markman is a professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas at Austin,... Read More
Christopher Newfield, “The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2016)
In The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016), Christopher Newfield diagnoses what he sees as a crisis in American public higher education. He argues that since roughly the 1980s, American public universities have entered into a devolutionary cycle... Read More