New Books Network

R. G. Boatright and V. Sperling, “Trumping Politics as Usual: Masculinity, Misogyny, and the 2016 Elections” (Oxford UP, 2019)
How did the Trump and Hillary Clinton campaigns affect other elections in 2016? How did the use of gender stereotypes and insulting references to women in the presidential campaign influence the way House and Senate candidates campaigned? The 2016 American elections forced scholars and candidates to reassess the role that... Read More
Jennie C. Ikuta, “Contesting Conformity: Democracy and the Paradox of Political Belonging” (Oxford UP, 2020)
In her new book, Contesting Conformity: Democracy and the Paradox of Political Belonging (Oxford University Press, 2020), political theorist Jennie C. Ikuta traces the idea of nonconformity and how this often-lauded idea can be a significant challenge for modern democracy, especially in the United States. The United States is often... Read More
John R. Hibbing, “The Securitarian Personality: What Really Motivates Trump’s Base and Why It Matters for the Post-Trump Era” (Oxford UP, 2020)
What are the policy implications due to a fundamental distrust and dislike of “outsiders”? Today I talked to political scientist John R. Hibbing about his new book The Securitarian Personality: What Really Motivates Trump’s Base and Why It Matters for the Post-Trump Era (Oxford UP, 2020) Hibbing teaches political science... Read More
Lisa Levenstein, “They Didn’t See Us Coming: The Hidden History of Feminism in the Nineties” (Basic Books, 2020)
Lisa Levenstein is the Director of the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program and an associate professor of history at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Her current book They Didn’t See Us Coming: The Hidden History of Feminism in the Nineties (Basic Books, 2020) shows how American feminists joined... Read More
Benjamin Talton, “In This Land of Plenty: Mickey Leland and Africa in American Politics” (U Pennsylvania Press, 2019)
In This Land of Plenty: Mickey Leland and Africa in American Politics (University of Pennsylvania Press) by Benjamin Talton is a transnational history that explores the influence of African American leaders on US foreign policy towards Africa in the 1980s. By examining the life and labors of the political activist... Read More
Roman David and Ian Holliday, “Liberalism and Democracy in Myanmar” (Oxford UP, 2018)
Democracy is a popular topic among scholars of politics in Southeast Asia. Liberalism is not. Or at least it hadn’t been up until the last few years, which have seen a spate of books with liberalism in the title: on Islam in Indonesia, capitalism in Singapore, post-colonialism in the Philippines,... Read More
Julia Rose Kraut, “Threat of Dissent: A History of Ideological Exclusion and Deportation in the United States” (Harvard UP, 2020)
How does the United States use immigration to suppress free speech? Should interests of “national security” take priority over individual liberties? What happens to democracy when the most vulnerable are denied their right to speak and exchange ideas? In Threat of Dissent: A History of Ideological Exclusion and Deportation in... Read More
Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick, “The Good Drone: How Social Movements Democratize Surveillance” (MIT Press, 2020)
The Good Drone: How Social Movements Democratize Surveillance (MIT Press), by Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick, demonstrates that this technology – which is mostly associated with covert surveillance and remote warfare – has also served as a vital tool for activists, social movements, and defenders of human rights to effect pro-social campaigns. Through... Read More
John W. Compton, “The End of Empathy: Why White Protestants Stopped Loving their Neighbors” (Oxford UP, 2020)
We’re all familiar with the statistic that 81% of white evangelical voters supported Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. But what if a deeper trawl through the complex relationship between religion and political activity in modern America suggests that statistic doesn’t really mean anything? In this exciting new book,... Read More
Duane Tananbaum, “Herbert H. Lehman: A Political Biography” (SUNY Press, 2017)
Over the course of three decades of public service, Herbert Lehman dedicated himself tirelessly to advances the causes in which he believed. In Herbert H. Lehman: A Political Biography (SUNY Press, 2017), Duane Tananbaum describes his livelong public activism and the role Lehman’s relationships with key individuals played in shaping... Read More