New Books Network

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
Mia Birdsong, “How We Show Up: Reclaiming Family, Friendship, and Community” (Hachette, 2020)
After almost every presentation activist and writer Mia Birdsong gives to executives, think tanks, and policy makers, one of those leaders quietly confesses how much they long for the profound community she describes. They have family, friends, and colleagues, yet they still feel like they’re standing alone. They’re “winning” at... Read More
Xueli Wang, “On My Own: The Challenge and Promise of Building Equitable STEM Transfer Pathways” (Harvard Education Press, 2020)
In this episode, I speak with Dr. Xueli Wang from the University of Wisconsin-Madison on her new book, “On My Own: The Challenge and Promise of Building Equitable STEM Transfer Pathways (Harvard Education Press, 2020). For decades, the shortage of STEM talents has been a national concern in the United States.... Read More
Luke Messac, “No More to Spend: Neglect and the Construction of Scarcity in Malawi’s History of Health Care” (Oxford UP, 2020)
Dismal spending on government health services is often considered a necessary consequence of a low per-capita GDP, but are poor patients in poor countries really fated to be denied the fruits of modern medicine? In many countries, officials speak of proper health care as a luxury, and convincing politicians to... Read More
Jeremy Gans, “The Ouija Board Jurors: Mystery, Mischief and Misery in the Jury System” (Waterside Press, 2017)
Juries are a cornerstone of the criminal trial, but what happens when the jury engages in its own kind of mischief? In this book, Jeremy Gans delves into the case of R v Young, where a newly married couple was murdered in cold blood. At trial, some jurors turned to... Read More
Sally Nuamah, “How Girls Achieve” (Harvard UP, 2019)
If we want girls to succeed, we need to teach them the audacity to transgress. Through the lives of students at three very different schools, Sally Nuamah, an award-winning scholar-activist, makes the case for “feminist schools” that orient girls toward a lifetime of achievement in How Girls Achieve (Harvard University Press,... Read More
Philip M. Plotch, “Last Subway: The Long Wait for the Next Train in New York City” (Cornell UP, 2020)
Ever since New York City built one of the world’s great subway systems, no promise has been more tantalizing than the proposal to build a new subway line under Second Avenue in Manhattan. Yet the Second Avenue subway–although first envisioned in the 1920s, did not open until 2017—and even then... Read More