New Books Network

Andrea Benjamin, “Racial Coalition Building in Local Elections: Elite Cues and Cross-Ethnic Voting” (Cambridge UP, 2017)
What explains voting behavior in local elections? More specifically, what explains how ethnic and racial blocs vote in local elections, especially when the candidate may be of a different race or ethnicity? These are the main question animating the research in Racial Coalition Building in Local Elections: Elite Cues and... Read More
Christopher Newfield, “The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2016)
In The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016), Christopher Newfield diagnoses what he sees as a crisis in American public higher education. He argues that since roughly the 1980s, American public universities have entered into a devolutionary cycle... Read More
LaDale Winling, “Building the Ivory Tower: Universities and Metropolitan Development in the Twentieth Century” (U Penn Press, 2018)
Universities have become state-like entities, possessing their own hospitals, police forces, and real estate companies. To become such behemoths, higher education institutions relied on the state for resources and authority. Through government largesse and shrewd legal maneuvering, university administrators became powerful interests in urban planning during the twentieth century. LaDale... Read More
Costas Lapavitsas, “The Left Case Against the EU” (Polity, 2018)
Many on the Left see the European Union as a fundamentally benign project with the potential to underpin ever greater cooperation and progress. If it has drifted rightward, the answer is to fight for reform from within. In this iconoclastic polemic, economist Costas Lapavitsas demolishes this view. In The Left... Read More
H. Eric Schockman, “Peace, Reconciliation and Social Justice Leadership in the 21st Century” (Emerald, 2019)
In Peace, Reconciliation and Social Justice Leadership in the 21st Century: The Role of Leaders and Followers (Emerald, 2019) co-edited by Dr. H. Eric Schockman, Vanessa Alexandra Hernandez Soto, and Aldo Boitano de Moras, expert contributors explore ways that leaders and followers can bring forth pacifism, peace building, nonviolence, forgiveness,... Read More
Michael A. Olivas, “Perchance to DREAM: A Legal and Political History of the DREAM Act and DACA” (NYU Press, 2020)
Why did the DREAM Act (for the Development, Relief, and Education of Alien Minors) never pass Congress – even though it was popular with Republicans and Democrats? What does the political and legal history tell us about American federalism? How is the legal history of the DREAM ACT and DACA... Read More
Lesly-Marie Buer, “RX Appalachia: Stories of Treatment and Survival in Rural Kentucky” (Haymarket, 2020)
Using the narratives of women who use(d) drugs, this account challenges popular understandings of Appalachia spread by such pundits as JD Vance by documenting how women, families, and communities cope with generational systems of oppression. Prescription opioids are associated with rising rates of overdose deaths and hepatitis C and HIV... Read More
Saqib Iqbal Qureshi, “The Broken Contract: Making Our Democracies Accountable, Representative, and Less Wasteful” (Lioncrest, 2020)
A democracy should reflect the views of its citizens and offer a direct connection between government and those it serves. So why, more than ever, does it seem as if our government exists in its own bubble, detached from us? In reality, our democracy is not performing as it should,... Read More
Aya Gruber, “The Feminist War on Crime: The Unexpected Role of Women’s Liberation in Mass Incarceration” (U California Press, 2020)
Aya Gruber, a professor of law at the University of Colorado Law School, has written a history of how the women’s movement in America has shaped the law on domestic violence and sexual assault. In The Feminist War on Crime: The Unexpected Role of Women’s Liberation in Mass Incarceration (University... Read More