New Books Network

Ashley Thompson, “Engendering the Buddhist State: Territory, Sovereignty and Sexual Difference in the Inventions of Angkor” (Routledge, 2016)
Thanks to the international tourism industry most people are familiar with the spectacular ruins of Angkor, the great Cambodian empire that lasted from about the 9th to the early 15th century. We are especially familiar with those haunting images of the face of King Jayavarman VII, represented in the stone... Read More
Greta LaFleur, “The Natural History of Sexuality in Early America” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2018)
In The Natural History of Sexuality in Early America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018), Greta LaFleur invites readers to consider a different body. The book effectively historicizes categories that are often take for granted (sex, race, vice, habit), and shows us not only their temporal contingency, but also invites the... Read More
Michael E. Kerr, “Bowen Theory’s Secrets: Revealing the Hidden Life of Families” (Norton, 2019)
A pivotal development in the history of psychology was the invention of family systems theory by psychiatrist Murray Bowen. He was among the first to observe families in a naturalistic setting, and his observations informed his ideas about families as ‘systems’ that functioned as ‘emotional units.’ Michael E. Kerr served... Read More
Joan Wallach Scott, “Sex and Secularism” (Princeton UP, 2017)
Joan Wallach Scott’s contributions to the history of women and gender, and to feminist theory, will be familiar to listeners across multiple disciplines. Her latest book, Sex and Secularism (Princeton University Press, 2017) is a compelling analysis of the discourse of secularism in the modern democratic (imperial) nation-states of “the West”.... Read More
Caitlyn Collins, “Making Motherhood Work: How Women Manage Careers and Caregiving” (Princeton UP, 2019)
Where in the world do working moms have it best? In her new book, Making Motherhood Work: How Women Manage Careers and Caregiving (Princeton University Press, 2019), Caitlyn Collins explores how women balance motherhood and work across the globe. Using interviews with middle class working mothers in Sweden, East and... Read More
Nancy Mirabal, “Suspect Freedoms: The Racial and Sexual Politics of Cubanidad in New York, 1823-1957” (NYU Press, 2017)
In Suspect Freedoms: The Racial and Sexual Politics of Cubanidad in New York, 1823-1957 (NYU Press, 2017), Nancy Mirabal details New York Cuban diasporic history between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with keen attention to how political debates about the potential future, visibility, and belonging in Cuba played out along... Read More
Kimberly Alexander, “Treasures Afoot: Shoe Stories from the Georgian Era” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2018)
“Fashion is universal,” writes my guest Kimberly Alexander in her book Treasures Afoot: Shoe Stories from the Georgian Era (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018), “enabling historians across time, place, and culture to form an understanding of the people who made clothes and who wore them. But shoes are different. As... Read More