New Books Network

Casey Lurtz, “From the Grounds Up: Building an Export Economy in Southern Mexico” (Stanford UP, 2019)
In From the Grounds Up: Building an Export Economy in Southern Mexico (Stanford University Press, 2019), Casey Lurtz explains how the fertile yet isolated region of the Soconusco became integrated into global markets in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth centuries. Located in what is today the state of Chiapas,... Read More
Andrew Torget, “Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands, 1800-1850” (UNC Press, 2015)
The secession of Texas from Mexico was a dry run for the slaveholder’s republic of the Confederate States of America, argues Andrew Torget in Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands, 1800-1850 (University of North Carolina Press, 2015). Torget, the University Distinguished Teaching Professor of... Read More
Jennifer A. Jones, “The Browning of the New South” (U Chicago Press, 2019)
The dawn of the new millennium bore witness to an unprecedented transformation of the population in the Southeastern United States as evidenced by Dr. Jennifer A. Jones in her new book The Browning of the New South (University of Chicago Press, 2019). Jones, an Assistant Professor of Sociology as well... Read More
Susan Ellison, “Domesticating Democracy: The Politics of Conflict Resolution in Bolivia” (Duke UP, 2018)
Susan Ellison’s Domesticating Democracy: The Politics of Conflict Resolution in Bolivia (Duke University Press, 2018) explores the world of foreign-funded alternate dispute resolution (ADR) organizations working in El Alto, Bolivia. Ellison’s engaging ethnography takes readers into the streets, homes, and workplaces of Alteños who use ADR to avoid state bureaucracies... Read More
Ricardo Cubas Ramacciotti, “The Politics of Religion and the Rise of Social Catholicism in Peru (1884-1935)” (Brill, 2018)
In The Politics of Religion and the Rise of Social Catholicism in Peru (1884-1935): Faith, Workers, and Race Before Liberation Theology (Brill, 2018), Ricardo Cubas Ramacciotti, Associate Professor of Latin American History at the Universidad de los Andes (Chile), provides a lucid synthesis of the Catholic Church’s responses to the secularization of the... Read More
Carlos Garrido Castellano, “Beyond Representation in Contemporary Caribbean Art” (Rutgers UP, 2019)
A work of art about doing nothing; a work of art that invites people to take it apart; a work of art that consists of two people walking in a town in the Dominican Republic. These are just some examples Carlos Garrido Castellano takes up in Beyond Representation in Contemporary... Read More
Chinyere K. Osuji, “Boundaries of Love: Interracial Marriage and the Meaning of Race” (NYU Press, 2019)
The increasing presence of interracial relationships is often read as an antidote to racism or as an indicator of the decreasing significance of race. In her book, Boundaries of Love: Interracial Marriage and the Meaning of Race (NYU Press, 2019), Chinyere K. Osuji examines how interracial couples push against, navigate,... Read More