New Books Network

David Wheat, “Atlantic Africa and the Spanish Caribbean, 1570-1640” (UNC Press, 2016)
David Wheat’s fantastic book Atlantic Africa and the Spanish Caribbean, 1570-1640 (University of North Carolina Press, 2016) argues that the extensive participation of Luso-Africans, Latinized Africans, and free people of color made possible Spain’s colonization of the Caribbean. For Wheat, the history of the region is entangled with older and deeper... Read More
Penelope Plaza Azuaje, “Culture as Renewable Oil: How Territory, Bureaucratic Power and Culture Coalesce in the Venezuelan Petrostate” (Routledge, 2018)
How do states use cultural policy? In Culture as Renewable Oil: How Territory, Bureaucratic Power and Culture Coalesce in the Venezuelan Petrostate (Routledge, 2018), Penelope Plaza Azuaje, a lecturer in architecture at the University of Reading explores the case study of Venezuela to think through the relationship between states, territory,... Read More
S. Deborah Kang, “The INS on the Line: Making Immigration Law on the US-Mexico Border, 1917-1954” (Oxford UP, 2017)
Today I talked to S. Deborah Kang about her book The INS on the Line: Making Immigration Law on the US-Mexico Border, 1917-1954, published by Oxford University Press in 2017. The INS on the Line explores the history behind Immigration and Naturalization Service throughout the 20th Century, interrogating how this... Read More
Kathleen M. McIntyre, “Protestantism and State Formation in Postrevolutionary Oaxaca” (U New Mexico Press, 2019)
Dr. Kathleen M. McIntyre’s Protestantism and State Formation in Postrevolutionary Oaxaca (University of New Mexico Press, 2019) explores the impact of Protestantism on Catholic indigenous communities in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca in the period directly following the Mexican Revolution 1910-1920. Dr. McIntyre’s work illustrates that conversion to Protestantism,... Read More
Gary J. Adler, Jr., “Empathy Beyond US Borders: The Challenges of Transnational Civic Engagement” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
Do immersion trips really transform those who participate and how so? In his new book Empathy Beyond US Borders: The Challenges of Transnational Civic Engagement (Cambridge University Press, 2019), Gary J. Adler, Jr. explores this question and more. Using mixed methods, including surveys, interviews, and ethnography, Adler investigates how an... Read More
Christina Jiménez, “Making an Urban Public: Popular Claims to the City in Mexico, 1879-1932” (U Pittsburgh Press, 2019)
Making an Urban Public: Popular Claims to the City in Mexico, 1879-1932 (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019) by Christina Jiménez is a social history of the city of Morelia, located in Western Mexico in the state of Michoacán. Set in an era of political and economic change in Mexico, this... Read More
Julia G. Young, “Mexican Exodus: Emigrants, Exiles, and Refugees of the Cristero War” (Oxford UP, 2019)
In Mexican Exodus: Emigrants, Exiles, and Refugees of the Cristero War (Oxford University Press, 2019), Julia G. Young reframes the Cristero War as a transnational conflict, using previously unexamined archival materials from both Mexico and the United States to investigate the intersections between Mexico’s Cristero War and Mexican migration to... Read More