New Books Network

David A. Harris, “A City Divided: Race, Fear and the Law in Police Confrontations” (Anthem Press, 2020)
How do we move police forces from a warrior culture to connecting better with communities they serve? Today I talked to David A. Harris about his new book A City Divided: Race, Fear and the Law in Police Confrontations (Anthem Press, 2020). Harris is a professor at the University of... Read More
Amity Shlaes, “Great Society: A New History” (Harper, 2019)
National concern about income inequalities. Race relations at a boiling point. Riots in the streets. Cries on the left for massive allocations of federal money for housing and poverty reduction programs. Social scientists and professional activists touting theories and pet proposals for projects that will supposedly eradicate poverty if only... Read More
Solomon Goldstein-Rose, “The 100% Solution: A Plan for Solving Climate Change” (Melville House, 2020)
At age 26, Solomon Goldstein-Rose has already spent more time thinking about climate change than most of us will in our lifetimes. He’s been a climate activist since age 11, studied engineering and public policy to understand what physically has to happen to solve climate change, and served in the... Read More
M. C. Stevenson et al. (eds.), “The Legacy of Racism for Children: Psychology, Law and Public Policy” (Oxford UP, 2020)
When children become entangled with the law, their lives can be disrupted irrevocably. When those children are underrepresented minorities, the potential for disruption is even greater. The Legacy of Racism for Children: Psychology, Law and Public Policy (Oxford University Press) examines issues that arise when minority children’s lives are directly... Read More
Jan Doering, “Us versus Them: Race, Crime, and Gentrification in Chicago Neighborhoods” (Oxford UP, 2020)
With such high levels of residential segregation along racial lines in the United States, gentrifying neighborhoods present fascinating opportunities to examine places with varying levels of integration, and how people living in them navigate the thorny politics of race. Among the many conflicts revolving around race under gentrification is crime... Read More
Verónica Martínez-Matsuda, “Migrant Citizenship: Race, Rights, and Reform in the U.S. Farm Labor Camp Program” (U Pennsylvania Press, 2020)
Verónica Martínez-Matsuda about her book Migrant Citizenship: Race, Rights, and Reform in the U.S. Farm Labor Camp Program (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020). Migrant Citizenship exams the Farm Security Administration’s Migratory Labor Camp Program, and its role in the daily lives of a diverse number of farmworker families. Martínez-Matsuda thoroughly... Read More
Sasha Costanza-Chock, “Design Justice: Community-Led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need” (MIT Press, 2020)
In Design Justice: Community-Led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need (MIT Press, 2020), Sasha Costanza-Chock, an associate professor of Civic Media at MIT, builds the case for designers and researchers to make the communities they impact co-equal partners in the products, services, and organizations they create. This requires more than... Read More
Patricia Zavella, “The Movement for Reproductive Justice: Empowering Women of Color through Social Activism” (NYU Press, 2020)
In The Movement for Reproductive Justice: Empowering Women of Color through Social Activism (NYU Press, 2020), Pat Zavella shows how reproductive justice organizations’ collaborative work across racial lines provides a compelling model for other groups to successfully influence change. In the context of the war on women’s reproductive rights and... Read More
John B. Holbein, “Making Young Voters: Converting Civic Attitudes into Action” (Cambridge UP, 2020)
In the United States, each election cycle reminds us that younger voters vote at much lower rates than their older counterparts. This discrepancy is often chalked up to apathy or lack of interest in politics among younger voters. In their new book, John B. Holbein and D. Sunshine Hillygus analyze... Read More
Sandra Postel, “Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity” (Island Press, 2020)
In Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity (Island Press), Sandra Postel acknowledges society’s past mishaps with managing water and emphasizes our future is contingent upon rehabilitating our science, tech, and political solutions.  To understand our past and provide hope for our future Sandra takes readers around the world to explore water projects that work with,... Read More