New Books Network

Jennifer Thomson, “The Wild and the Toxic: American Environmentalism and the Politics of Health” (UNC Press, 2019)
The first wealth is health, according to Emerson. Among health’s riches is its political potential. Few know this better than environmentalists. In her debut book, The Wild and the Toxic: American Environmentalism and the Politics of Health (UNC Press, 2019), historian Jennifer Thomson revisits canonical figures and events from the... Read More
J. Dyck and E. Lascher, “Initiatives without Engagement: A Realistic Appraisal of Direct Democracy’s Secondary Effects” (U Michigan Press, 2019)
Ballot initiatives offer voters the chance to directly determine the outcome of state policy change. Do Americans who vote on initiatives grow in political efficacy and participate more in the future? Or is the initiative process ultimately undemocratic in the sense that those who participate grow less interested in participating... Read More
Max Edelson, “The New Map of Empire: How Britain Imagined America before Independence” (Harvard UP, 2017)
When we think of the history of the British Empire we tend to think big: oceans were crossed; colonies grew from small settlements to territories many times larger than England; entire Continents, each with substantial indigenous populations, were brought under British rule. Maps were an important part of rule in... Read More
Peter B. Josephson and R. Ward Holder, “Reinhold Niebuhr in Theory and Practice: Christian Realism and Democracy in America in the Twenty-First Century” (Lexington Books, 2018)
Peter Josephson and Ward Holder collaborated on their second book on theologian and political theorist Reinhold Niebuhr in producing this new book, specifically focusing on the questions of “why Niebuhr?” and “why Niebuhr now?” Josephson and Holder note that their “focus is Niebuhr himself and what the encounter between his... Read More
Derrick Spires, “The Practice of Citizenship: Black Politics and Print Culture in the Early United States” (U Pennsylvania Press, 2019)
With talk about birthright citizenship and border walls running rampant in Trump’s America, there are many scholars reaching back to antebellum America to historically ground today’s citizens in debates from the past that hold relevance now. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Associate Professor of English Derrick Spires is one such scholar... Read More
Diane Tober, “Romancing the Sperm: Shifting Biopolitics and the Making of Modern Families” (Rutgers UP, 2019)
The development of a whole suite of new reproductive technologies in recent decades has contributed to broad cultural conversations and controversies over the meaning of family in the United States. In Romancing the Sperm: Shifting Biopolitics and the Making of Modern Families (Rutgers University Press, 2018), Diane Tober analyzes how... Read More