New Books Network

Seth Masket, “Learning from Loss: The Democrats, 2016-2020” (Cambridge UP, 2020)
Seth Masket’s new book, Learning from Loss: The Democrats, 2016-2020 (Cambridge UP, 2020) takes the outcome of the 2016 presidential race and Donald Trump’s unexpected winning of the presidency as the jumping off point to examine not only what the Democratic Party came to understand about this outcome, but also how... Read More
Why are Blacks Democrats?: An Interview with Ismail K. White and Chryl N. Laird
Black Americans are by far the most unified racial group in American electoral politics, with 80 to 90 percent identifying as Democrats—a surprising figure given that nearly a third now also identify as ideologically conservative, up from less than 10 percent in the 1970s. Why has ideological change failed to... Read More
A. B. Cox and C. M. Rodríguez, “The President and Immigration Law” (Oxford UP, 2020)
Who truly controls immigration law in the United States? Though common sense might suggest the U.S. Congress, legal scholars Adam B. Cox and Cristina M. Rodríguez argue that the president is in fact the immigration policymaker-in-chief. In this interview, we speak with co-author Rodríguez about their new book The President... Read More
Joseph E. David, “Kinship, Law and Politics: An Anatomy of Belonging” (Cambridge UP, 2020)
Why are we so concerned with belonging? In what ways does our belonging constitute our identity? Is belonging a universal concept or a culturally dependent value? How does belonging situate and motivate us?   In these days of identity politics, these issues are more significant and more complex than ever. Joseph... Read More
Adam Auerbach, “Demanding Development: The Politics of Public Good Provision in India’s Urban Slums” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
India’s urban slums exhibit dramatic variation in their access to basic public goods and services—paved roads, piped water, trash removal, sewers, and streetlights. Why are some vulnerable communities able to secure development from the state while others fail? Author Adam Michael Auerbach, Assistant Professor at the School of International Service... Read More
Stephen Wall, “Reluctant European: Britain and the European Union from 1945 to Brexit” (Oxford UP, 2020)
In January 2020, the UK became the first country to leave the European Union after a troubled 47-year membership. What was at the core of the country’s semi-detachment to the EU? Was the UK’s eventual inevitable or was it a tragedy of errors and misunderstandings borne of divergent political cultures?... Read More
Fighting for Social Justice: The Politics of Aid and Gender-Based Violence in the Workplace – Dr. Kristy Ward
Around the world, social justice movements have exposed the pervasive extent of gender-based violence in the workplace. While women’s empowerment has long been a tenet of development aid, in practice, aid projects often impact social relations in complex ways and catalyse social violence by grouping and categorising people for aid... Read More
Hannah L. Walker, “Mobilized by Injustice: Criminal Justice Contact, Political Participation, and Race” (Oxford UP, 2020)
Hannah Walker’s new book, Mobilized by Injustice: Criminal Justice Contact, Political Participation, and Race (Oxford UP, 2020), brings together the political science and criminal justice disciplines in exploring how individuals are mobilized to engage in political participation by their connection to the criminal justice system in the United States. The... Read More
Benjamin D. Hopkins, “Ruling the Savage Periphery: Frontier Governance and the Making of the Modern State” (Harvard UP, 2020)
Intrinsic to the practice of empire is the creation of boundaries. We tend to think of such boundaries as borders, physical lines of demarcation past which the empire’s sovereignty has no purchase. But, in fact, the picture is much fuzzier than that. A foundational task of empire is to define,... Read More
Ravinder Kaur, “Brand New Nation: Capitalist Dreams and Nationalist Designs in 21st-Century India” (Stanford UP, 2020)
It is 21st century commonsense that India is an “emerging” economy. But how did this common sense itself emerge? How did India’s global image shift from that of a poverty-infested Third World country to that of a frontier of boundless economic opportunity? In her nimbly researched and lucidly narrated new... Read More