New Books Network

C. J. Alvarez, “Border Land, Border Water: A History of Construction on the US-Mexico Divide” (U Texas Press, 2019)
Recent debates over the building of a border wall on the U.S.-Mexico divide have raised logistical and ethical issues, leaving the historical record of border building uninvoked. A recent book, written by UT Austin professor Dr. C.J.  Alvarez, offers an over one-hundred-year history that extends to before the building of... Read More
Benjamin Francis-Fallon, “The Rise of the Latino Vote: A History” (Harvard UP, 2019)
While media pundits continually speculate over the future leanings of the so-called “Latino vote,” Benjamin Francis-Fallon historicizes how Latinos were imagined into a national electoral constituency in his new book The Rise of the Latino Vote: A History (Harvard University Press, 2019). Francis-Fallon, Assistant Professor of History at Western Carolina... Read More
Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, “Banned: Immigration Enforcement in the Time of Trump” (NYU Press, 2019)
Immigration is one of the most complex issues of our time in the United States and around the world. Enforcing immigration law in the U.S. involves a mix of courts and executive agencies with lots of opportunities for confusion, miscommunication, and changes in approach from administration to administration. While these... Read More
William D. Lopez, “Separated: Family and Community in the Aftermath of an Immigration Raid” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2019)
What happens to families and communities after immigration raids? William D. Lopez answers this question and more in his new book Separated: Family & Community in the Aftermath of an Immigration Raid (Johns Hopkins UP, 2019). Using ethnographic methods and interviews to deep dive into the aftermath of a local... 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
Jonathan Rosa, “Looking like a Language, Sounding like a Race” (Oxford UP, 2019)
Jonathan Rosa‘s new book Looking like a Language, Sounding like a Race: Raciolinguistic Ideologies and the Learning of Latinidad (Oxford University Press, 2019) examines the emergence of linguistic and ethnoracial categories in the context of Latinidad. The book draws from more than twenty-four months of ethnographic and sociolinguistic fieldwork in... Read More
Perla Guerrero, “Nuevo South: Asians, Latinas/os, and the Remaking of Place” (U Texas Press, 2017)
Perla Guerrero is the author of Nuevo South: Asians, Latinas/os, and the Remaking of Place (University of Texas Press, 2017). Nuevo South explores the history of an ever diversifying U.S. South by examining the mixed reactions refugees, immigrants, and migrants, from different countries, received in Arkansas in the latter half... Read More