New Books Network

Melissa Johnson, “Becoming Creole: Nature and Race in Belize” (Rutgers UP, 2018)
Drawing from Sylvia Wynter’s call for rethinking our category of “human”, Melissa Johnson‘s ethnography Becoming Creole: Nature and Race in Belize (Rutgers University Press, 2018) demonstrates how entangled people are with the other-than-human that surrounds them. Mud, water, trees, animals and people form assemblages and shape particular identities. These relationships... Read More
Elena Schneider, “The Occupation of Havana: War, Trade and Slavery in the Atlantic World” (UNC Press, 2018)
Histories of the British occupation of Havana in 1762 have focused on imperial rivalries and the actions and decisions of European planters, colonial officials, and military officers. In her stunning revision, The Occupation of Havana: War, Trade and Slavery in the Atlantic World (University of North Carolina Press, 2018), Elena Schneider restores the... Read More
Brooke Newman, “A Dark Inheritance: Blood, Race, and Sex in Colonial Jamaica” (Yale UP, 2018)
In an empire built on racial slavery, what roles do blood purity and citizenship play in the creation of subject citizens? This is one of the many questions broached by Dr. Brooke Newman in her new book A Dark Inheritance: Blood, Race, and Sex in Colonial Jamaica (Yale University Press, 2018),... Read More
Allison Coffelt, “Maps Are Lines We Draw: A Road Trip Through Haiti” (Lanternfish Press, 2018)
Allison Coffelt lives and writes in Columbia, Missouri. She works as the director of education and outreach for the annual documentary-based True/False Film Festival, as well as hosting the fantastic True/False Podcast, featuring interviews and commentary with documentary filmmakers, available anywhere you get podcasts. Her writing has appeared in The... Read More
Andrew T. Fede, “Homicide Justified: The Legality of Killing Slaves in the United States and Atlantic World” (U Georgia Press, 2017)
Andrew T. Fede is a lawyer in private practice in northern New Jersey and an adjunct professor of law at Montclair State University.  His new book Homicide Justified: The Legality of Killing Slaves in the United States and Atlantic World (University of Georgia Press, 2017) is a comparative account of... Read More
César Brioso, “Last Seasons in Havana: The Castro Revolution and the End of Professional Baseball In Cuba” (U Nebraska Press, 2019)
Today we are joined by César Brioso, author of the book Last Seasons in Havana: The Castro Revolution and the End of Professional Baseball In Cuba (University of Nebraska Press, 2019). Blending the love for baseball fans in Cuba had during the 1950s with the political upheaval that led to... Read More