New Books Network

Kevin Escudero, “Organizing While Undocumented: Immigrant Youth’s Political Activism Under the Law” (NYU Press, 2020)
Undocumented youth activists are at the forefront of the present-day immigrant rights movement. This is especially true surrounding the activism of the recent SCOTUS decision on DACA issued on June 18, 2020. Professor Kevin Escudero’s book, Organizing While Undocumented: Immigrant Youth’s Political Activism Under the Law (New York University Press, 2020), depicts just... Read More
Ismael Garcia-Colon, “Colonial Migrants at the Heart of Empire: Puerto Rican Workers on U.S. Farms” (U California Press, 2020)
Colonial Migrants at the Heart of Empire: Puerto Rican Workers on U.S. Farms (University of California Press, 2020) is the first in-depth look at the experiences of Puerto Rican migrant workers in continental U.S. agriculture in the twentieth century. The Farm Labor Program, established by the government of Puerto Rico... Read More
Adam Goodman, “The Deportation Machine: America’s Long History of Expelling Immigrants” (Princeton UP, 2020)
Many of us know that immigrants have been deported from the United States for well over a century, but has anyone ever asked how? In The Deportation Machine: America’s Long History of Expelling Immigrants (Princeton University Press, 2020), author Adam Goodman brings together new archival evidence to write an expansive... Read More
Gerarldo Cadava, “The Hispanic Republican: The Shaping of an American Political Identity, from Nixon to Trump” (Ecco, 2020)
In the lead-up to every election cycle, pundits predict that Latino Americans will overwhelmingly vote in favor of the Democratic candidate. And it’s true—Latino voters do tilt Democratic. Hillary Clinton won the Latino vote in a “landslide,” Barack Obama “crushed” Mitt Romney among Latino voters in his reelection, and, four... Read More
Robert T. Chase, “We Are Not Slaves: State Violence, Coerced Labor, and Prisoners’ Rights in Postwar America” (UNC Press, 2020)
In this episode, Siobhan talks with Robert T. Chase about his book, We Are Not Slaves: State Violence, Coerced Labor, and Prisoners’ Rights in Postwar America (UNC Press, 2020). In the early twentieth century, the brutality of southern prisons became a national scandal. Prisoners toiled in grueling, violent conditions while housed... Read More
Monika Gosin, “The Racial Politics of Division: Interethnic Struggles For Legitimacy in Multicultural Miami” (Cornell UP, 2019)
Over recent years, scholarship centering Afrolatinidad has pushed the bounds of the field towards greater forms of racial and ethnic understanding. Dr. Monika Gosin’s monograph, The Racial Politics of Division: Interethnic Struggles For Legitimacy in Multicultural Miami (Cornell University, 2019), adds to this burgeoning literary canon. By examining how controversial... Read More
Nora Haenn, “Marriage after Migration: An Ethnography of Money, Romance, and Gender in Globalizing Mexico” (Oxford UP, 2019)
Marriage after Migration: An Ethnography of Money, Romance, and Gender in Globalizing Mexico (Oxford University Press, 2019) tells the stories of five women in rural Mexico, each navigating the tricky terrain that is men’s international migration. With their husbands and sons working in the United States, will the women hold... Read More
Romeo Guzman et al., “East of East: The Making of Greater El Monte” (Rutgers UP, 2020)
Romeo Guzman’s and his colleague’s East of East: The Making of Greater El Monte (Rutgers University Press, 2020) is an edited collection of thirty-one essays that trace the experience of a California community over three centuries, from eighteenth-century Spanish colonization to twenty-first century globalization. Employing traditional historical scholarship, oral history,... Read More
Scott Seider and Daren Graves, “Schooling for Critical Consciousness” (Harvard Education, 2020)
In this episode, I speak with Dr. Scott Seider from Boston College and Dr. Daren Graves from Simmons University on their new book, Schooling for Critical Consciousness: Engaging Black and Latinx Youth in Analyzing, Navigating, and Challenging Racial Injustice (Harvard Education Press, 2020). Over the past thirty years, we have... Read More
Jia Lynn Yang, “One Mighty and Irresistible Tide: The Epic Struggle Over American Immigration, 1924–1965” (Norton, 2020)
In One Mighty and Irresistible Tide: The Epic Struggle Over American Immigration, 1924–1965 (W. W. Norton & Company, 2020), Jia Lynn Yang recounts the personalities and debates that brought about the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, which forms the foundation for modern U.S. immigration policy. Undoing the xenophobic national origins... Read More