Debra Thompson, “The Schematic State: Race, Transnationalism, and the Politics of the Census” (Cambridge UP, 2016)
Debra Thompson, in her award-winning* book The Schematic State: Race, Transnationalism, and the Politics of the Census (Cambridge University Press, 2016), explores the complexities of the politics of the census. This book, which unpacks the census itself, leads the reader to consider how this mundane tool actually translates the abstraction... Read More
Andrew R. Holmes, “The Irish Presbyterian Mind: Conservative Theology, Evangelical Experience, and Modern Criticism, 1830-1930” (Oxford UP, 2018)
Earlier today I caught up with my colleague at Queen’s University Belfast, Andrew R. Holmes, to discuss his outstanding new book, The Irish Presbyterian Mind: Conservative Theology, Evangelical Experience, and Modern Criticism, 1830-1930 (Oxford UP, 2018). Andrew has been working on the history of Irish Presbyterianism for the last fifteen... Read More
Sam Friedman and Daniel Laurison, “The Class Ceiling: Why it Pays to be Privileged” (Policy Press, 2019)
Who gets in to top professions? In The Class Ceiling: Why it Pays to be privileged (Policy Press, 2019), Drs Sam Friedman, an associate professor of sociology at LSE, and Daniel Laurison, an assistant professor of sociology at Swarthmore College, explore the dominance of social elites in top professions. The book... Read More
George R. Boyer, “The Winding Road to the Welfare State: Economic Insecurity and Social Welfare Policy in Britain” (Princeton UP, 2019)
The creation of the postwar welfare state in Great Britain did not represent the logical progression of governmental policy over a period of generations. As George R. Boyer details in The Winding Road to the Welfare State: Economic Insecurity and Social Welfare Policy in Britain (Princeton University Press, 2019), it... Read More
Philip Zelikow and Ernest May, “Suez Deconstructed: An Interactive Study in Crisis, War, and Peacemaking” (Brookings Institution, 2018)
Experiencing a major crisis from different viewpoints, step by step:  the Suez crisis of 1956— one of the major crises of the 1950s offers a potential master class in statecraft and the politics of strategy. It was an explosive Middle East confrontation capped by a surprise move that reshaped the... Read More