New Books Network

Erin Hatton, “Coerced: Work Under Threat of Punishment” (U California Press, 2020)
What do prisoner laborers, graduate students, welfare workers, and college athletes have in common? According to sociologist Erin Hatton, they are all part of a growing workforce of coerced laborers. Coerced: Work Under Threat of Punishment (University of California Press, 2020) explores this world of coerced labor through an unexpected... Read More
Alan Taylor, “Thomas Jefferson’s Education” (W. W. Norton, 2019)
Alan Taylor is the author of Thomas Jefferson’s Education published by W. W. Norton & Company in 2019. Thomas Jefferson’s Education tells the story of how Jefferson’s vision for educating the next generations of American came to be. Taking readers through Virginia’s, at time struggling, educational infrastructure, Taylor shows how... Read More
AfroAm Studies Roundtable: Robert Greene II and Tyler D. Parry on Becoming Historians
Today, instead of discussing a new book, I am convening a “New Books in African American Studies Roundtable” to talk with two historians early in their careers about their recent transitions from graduate school into the professorate, and some of the scholarly and public projects they are developing at their... Read More
Jennifer E. Gaddis, “The Labor of Lunch: Why We Need Real Food and Real Jobs in American Public Schools” (U California Press, 2019)
There’s a problem with school lunch in America. Big Food companies have largely replaced the nation’s school cooks by supplying cafeterias with cheap, precooked hamburger patties and chicken nuggets chock-full of industrial fillers. Yet it’s no secret that meals cooked from scratch with nutritious, locally sourced ingredients are better for... Read More
T. Mose “The Playdate” (NYU Press, 2016) and L. Crehan “Cleverlands” (Random House, 2017)
In this episode we consider vital role of play, and what it does to expand a child’s creativity and resilience. Urban sociologist Tamara Mose is an Associate Professor at Brooklyn College, and author of The Playdate: Parents, Children and the New Expectations of Play (NYU Press, 2016). She tells us... Read More
K. Linder et al., “Going Alt-Ac: A Guide to Alternative Academic Careers” (Stylus Publishing, 2020)
If you’re a grad student facing the ugly reality of finding a tenure-track job, you could easily be forgiven for thinking about a career change. However, if you’ve spent the last several years working on a PhD, or if you’re a faculty member whose career has basically consisted of higher... Read More
Abraham Kuyper, “On Education” (Lexham Press, 2019)
Abraham Kuyper was one of the most important theologians in the Dutch Reformed tradition – and a newspaper editor, university founder and Prime Minister to boot. Lexham Press are publishing his “Collected Works in Public Theology,” in editions that bring together his writings on business, economics, the arts and other... Read More