New Books Network

Simon Hall, “Ten Days in Harlem: Fidel Castro and the Making of the 1960s” (Faber and Faber, 2020)
In his new book Ten Days in Harlem: Fidel Castro and the Making of the 1960s (Faber, 2020), Simon Hall, a Professor of Modern History at the University of Leeds, colorfully details an extraordinary visit by Fidel Castro to New York in the Autumn of 1960 for the opening of the UN General... Read More
M. del Pilar Blanco and J. Page, “Geopolitics, Culture, and the Scientific Imaginary in Latin America” (U Florida Press, 2020)
Geopolitics, Culture, and the Scientific Imaginary in Latin America (University of Florida Press 2020), a collection edited by María del Pilar Blanco and Joanna Page is a wonderful and imaginative contribution to the fields of history of science, science and technology studies, and cultural studies. This volume assembles a broad... Read More
João Costa Vargas, “The Denial of Antiblackness: Multiracial Redemption and Black Suffering” (U of Minnesota Press, 2018)
An incisive new look at the black diaspora, examining the true roots of antiblackness and its destructive effects on all of society. Thanks to movements like Black Lives Matter, Western society’s chronic discrimination against black individuals has become front-page news. Yet, there is little awareness of the systemic factors that... Read More
Philis Barragán-Goetz, “Reading, Writing, and Revolution: Escuelitas and the Emergence of a Mexican American Identity in Texas” (U Texas Press, 2020)
Debates about Ethnic Studies in K-12 and Higher Education have highlighted the importance of culturally inclusive pedagogy in schools. Despite discussions about Ethnic Studies, there is a more extended history of Mexican-origin people pushing for culturally responsive education. In Reading, Writing, and Revolution: Escuelitas and the Emergence of a Mexican... Read More
José Alamillo, “Deportes: The Making of a Sporting Mexican Diaspora” (Rutgers UP, 2020)
In Deportes: The Making of a Sporting Mexican Diaspora (Rutgers University Press, 2020), Professor José Alamillo, a specialist in Chicana/o Studies, Labor, and Sports history, examines the powerful way Mexican Americans have used sports to build transnational networks for personal and community empowerment across the United States and Mexico before... Read More
David Tavárez, “Words and Worlds Turned Around: Indigenous Christianities in Colonial Latin America” (U Colorado Press, 2017)
Professor David Tavárez’s edited volume, Words & Worlds Turned Around: Indigenous Christianities in Colonial Latin America (University of Colorado Press, 2017), is a collection of eleven essays from historians and anthropologists grappling with the big questions of the Christianization of Mexico after the Spanish Conquest and using sources in several... Read More
Natalia Milanesio, “¡Destape! Sex, Democracy, and Freedom in Postdictatorial Argentina” (U Pittsburgh Press, 2019)
Under dictatorship in Argentina, sex and sexuality were regulated to the point where sex education, explicit images, and even suggestive material were prohibited. With the return to democracy in 1983, Argentines experienced new freedoms, including sexual freedoms. The explosion of the availability and ubiquity of sexual material became known as... Read More
Greg Beckett, “There is No More Haiti: Between Life and Death in Port-au-Prince” (U California Press, 2019)
In today’s episode, I talk with Dr. Greg Beckett, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Western University, about his richly grounded book There is No More Haiti: Between Life and Death in Port-au-Prince (2019, University of California Press – and it is coming out in a paperback edition this November). This... Read More
Juan Pablo Scarfi, “The Hidden History of International Law in The Americas: Empires and Legal Networks” (Oxford UP, 2017)
In his book The Hidden History of International Law in The Americas: Empires and Legal Networks (Oxford University Press, 2017), Juan Pablo Scarfi shows the central role of a coterie of elite Latin American jurists and intellectuals in constructing a Pan-American inflected conception of international law. In exploring the rise... Read More
Paulo Drinot, “The Sexual Question: A History of Prostitution in Peru, 1850s-1950s” (Cambridge UP, 2020)
Paulo Drinot’s The Sexual Question: A History of Prostitution in Peru, 1850s-1950s (Cambridge University Press, 2020) studies the interplay of sexuality, society, and the state in Peru in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Drinot analyzes the rules and norms that governed prostitution and venereal disease in this period, and tracks how... Read More