New Books Network

Kabria Baumgartner, “In Pursuit of Knowledge: Black Women and Educational Activism in Antebellum America” (NYU Press, 2019)
In Pursuit of Knowledge: Black Women and Educational Activism in Antebellum America (NYU Press, 2019) is an intellectual and cultural history of the educational activism of African American women and girls in the long nineteenth century. Kabria Baumgartner focuses her narrative on the actions of “African American women and girls living... Read More
Robert C. McGreevey, “Borderline Citizens: The United States, Puerto Rico, and the Politics of Colonial Migration” (Cornell UP, 2018)
In Borderline Citizens: The United States, Puerto Rico, and the Politics of Colonial Migration (Cornell University Press 2018), Robert C. McGreevey explores the contested meaning and limits of citizenship for Puerto Ricans from the late nineteenth century to the late 1930s. This timely monograph brings together legal, cultural, and labour... Read More
Cristina Soriano, “Tides of Revolution: Information, Insurgencies, and the Crisis of Colonial Rule in Venezuela” (UNM Press, 2018)
In Tides of Revolution: Information, Insurgencies, and the Crisis of Colonial Rule in Venezuela  (University of New Mexico Press, 2018), Cristina Soriano examines the links between the spread of radical ideas, literacy, and the circulation of information in a society without a printing press. In doing so, Soriano shows the ways... Read More
Martina Cvajner, “Soviet Signoras: Personal and Collective Transformations in Eastern European Migration” (U Chicago, 2019)
Jana Byars talks with Martina Cvajner, Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Psychology and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Trento, about her new book, Soviet Signoras: Personal and Collective Transformations in Eastern European Migration (University of Chicago Press, 2019). This book focuses on a group of women... Read More
Begüm Adalet, “Hotels and Highways: The Construction of Modernization Theory in Cold War Turkey” (Stanford UP, 2018)
During the opening decades of the Cold War, US policymakers and academics used modernization theory to provide an alternative model to communism for improving living standards. As Begüm Adalet demonstrates, Turkey was both a model case of elite-led modernization and a laboratory for development projects that could then be exported... Read More
Dale Cockrell, “Everybody’s Doin’ It: Sex, Music, and Dance in New York, 1840-1917” (Norton, 2019)
Most books about American music ask how it sounded, who wrote it, or who performed it. In his new book, Everybody’s Doin’ It: Sex, Music, and Dance in New York, 1840-1917 (Norton, 2019), Dale Cockrell asks a different question: where is American music? His answer is in the brothels, dance... Read More
Andrei Kushnir, “Epic Journey: Life and Times of Wasyl Kushnir” (Academic Studies Press, 2020)
In Epic Journey: Life and Times of Wasyl Kushnir (Academic Studies Press, 2020), Andrei Kushnir documents the story of his father, Wasyl Kushnir, who was born in the western part of Ukraine in 1923. The book is based on Wasyl Kushnir’s memoirs and it includes a number of photos that... Read More
Jane Hutton, “Reciprocal Landscapes: Stories of Material Movements” (Routledge, 2020)
How are the far-away, invisible landscapes where materials come from related to the highly visible, urban landscapes where those same materials are installed? Reciprocal Landscapes: Stories of Material Movements traces five everyday landscape construction materials – fertilizer, stone, steel, trees, and wood – from seminal public landscapes in New York... Read More
Ilya Somin, “Free to Move: Foot Voting, Migration, and Political Freedom” (Oxford UP, 2020)
When we think of democracy, we typically think of voting; and when we think of voting, we ordinarily have elections and campaigns in minds. In this intuitive sense, voting is a matter of casting a ballot. After Election Day, votes are counted, and, typically, the majority rules. But things really... Read More
Ben Nobbs-Thiessen, “Landscape of Migration: Mobility and Environmental Change on Bolivia’s Tropical Frontier, 1952 to the Present” (UNC Press, 2020)
Landscape of Migration: Mobility and Environmental Change on Bolivia’s Tropical Frontier, 1952 to the Present (UNC Press, 2020), traces the entwined histories of Andean, Mennonite, and Okinawan migrants to Amazonian Bolivia during the twentieth century, exploring how each of these communities forged and contested the landscape of agrarian citizenship in... Read More