New Books Network

Rachel M. Gillum, “Muslims in a Post-9/11 America” (U Michigan Press, 2018)
Muslims in a Post-9/11 America (University of Michigan Press, 2018) examines how public fears about Muslims in the United States compare with the reality of American Muslims’ attitudes on a range of relevant issues. While most research on Muslim Americans focuses on Arab Muslims, a quarter of the Muslim American... Read More
Diana Greene Foster, “The Turnaway Study: Ten Years, a Thousand Women, and the Consequences of Having—or Being Denied—an Abortion” (Scribner, 2020)
What happens when a woman seeking an abortion is turned away? Diana Greene Foster, PhD, decided to find out. With a team of scientists—psychologists, epidemiologists, demographers, nursing scholars, and public health researchers—she set out to discover the effect of receiving versus being denied an abortion on women’s lives. Over the... Read More
Christopher Robertson, “Exposed: Why Our Health Insurance is Incomplete and What Can Be Done About” (Harvard UP, 2019)
Today’s guest is Christopher Robertson, Associate Dean for Research and Innovation and Professor of Law at the University of Arizona. His background and research interests overlap several academic disciplines, including bioethics, health law, incentives, behavioral economics and more. His CV includes a PhD in philosophy and a law degree from... Read More
Alexander Keyssar, “Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College?” (Harvard UP, 2020)
The title of Harvard historian Alexander Keyssar,’s new book poses the question that comes up every presidential election cycle: Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College? (Harvard University Press, 2020). Keyssar presents the reader with a deep, layered, and complex analysis not only of the institution of the Electoral... Read More
Ben Burgis, “Give Them an Argument: Logic for the Left” (Zero Books, 2019)
Logic, the study of how certain arguments either succeed or fail to support their conclusions, is one of the most important topics in philosophy, its importance illustrated by the common assumption that if one is being logical, they are probably right. However, the importance of logic has led to a... Read More
M. Ramirez and D. Peterson, “Ignored Racism: White Animus Toward Latinos (Cambridge UP, 2020)
Although Latinos are now the largest non-majority group in the United States, existing research on white attitudes toward Latinos has focused almost exclusively on attitudes toward immigration. Ignored Racism: White Animus Toward Latinos (Cambridge University Press) changes that. It argues that such accounts fundamentally underestimate the political power of whites’... Read More
R. Pollin and N. Chomsky, “Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal: The Political Economy of Saving the Planet” (Verso, 2020)
Is there a consensus on the best response to global warming? Not even close. Left and right both bring their own tools, math, and, most notably, agendas–climate related and non-climate related–to their policy prescriptions. Economist Robert Pollin has teamed up with Noam Chomsky to produce a manifesto for the New... Read More
Postscript: Race, Anger and Citizenship in the USA
How do we have a serious conversation about race that moves beyond the brevity of Twitter or an op-ed? In this episode of Post-Script (a New Books in Political Science series from Lilly Goren and Susan Liebell), three scholars engage in a nuanced and fearless discussion grounded in history, data,... Read More
Ann-Sophie Barwich, “Smellosophy: What the Nose Tells the Mind” (Harvard UP, 2020)
Smells repel and attract; they bring emotionally charged memories to mind; they guide behavior and thought nonconsciously; they give food much of its taste; and the loss of sense of smell can help diagnose disease. But what features of the world do smells pick out? What is the olfactory code?... Read More
Joshua Greenberg, “Bank Notes and Shinplasters: The Rage for Paper Money in the Early Republic” (U Pennsylvania Press, 2020)
What is money? No, really, what is money? It turns out the answer is not so simple. During the course of the 20th century, most of us have gotten used to the notion of a single medium of exchange based on Federal Reserve notes which we call dollars. They look... Read More