New Books Network

Naomi Appleton, “Many Buddhas, One Buddha: A Study and Translation of Avadānaśataka 1-40” (Equinox, 2020)
Naomi Appleton‘s new book Many Buddhas, One Buddha: A Study and Translation of Avadānaśataka 1-40 (Equinox Publishing, 2020) introduces a significant section of the important early Indian Buddhist text known as the Avadānaśataka, or “One Hundred Stories”, and explores some of its perspectives on buddhahood. This text, composed in Sanskrit... Read More
Maile Arvin, “Possessing Polynesians: The Science of Settler Colonial Whiteness in Hawai‘i and Oceania” (Duke UP, 2020)
From their earliest encounters with Indigenous Pacific Islanders, white Europeans and Americans saw Polynesians as almost racially white, and speculated that they were of Mediterranean or Aryan descent. In Possessing Polynesians: The Science of Settler Colonial Whiteness in Hawai‘i and Oceania (Duke University Press, 2020) Maile Arvin argues that a... Read More
Annette Joseph-Gabriel, “Reimagining Liberation: How Black Women Transformed Citizenship in the French Empire” (Illinois UP, 2020)
‘Where were the women?’ was the big question that led Annette Joseph-Gabriel to her new book, Reimagining Liberation: How Black Women Transformed Citizenship in the French Empire (University of Illinois Press, 2020). This ‘where’ ended up meaning different things as she tracked the lives, ideas, and roles played by Black... Read More
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
John DeSimone, “Road to Delano” (Rare Bird Books, 2020)
In John DeSimone’s Road to Delano (Rare Bird Books, 2020), it’s 1968, and Cesar Chavez is organizing the United Farm Workers to fight for decent working conditions and basic human rights, while growers get increasingly violent in trying to prevent unionization. Teenager Jack Duncan learns that his father’s death did... 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
Nadia Eghbal, “Working in Public: The Making and Maintenance of Open Source Software” (Stripe Press, 2020)
Open source is the once-radical idea that code should be freely available to everyone. Open-source software was once an optimistic model for public collaboration, but is now a near-universal standard. But most open-source code is not developed by big teams or equitable collaborations; it’s maintained by unseen individuals who work... Read More
Mack Hagood, “Hush: Media and Sonic Self-Control” (Duke UP, 2019)
How have we used twentieth- and twenty-first-century sound technologies to carve out sonic space out of the hustle and bustle of contemporary life? In search for an answer, in this episode I speak with Mack Hagood, Blayney Associate Professor of Comparative Media Studies at Miami University, writer, and podcaster about... Read More
Caron Gentry, “Disordered Violence: How Gender, Race and Heteronormativity Structure Terrorism” (Edinburgh UP, 2020)
In Disordered Violence: How Gender, Race and Heteronormativity Structure Terrorism (Edinburgh University Press, 2020), Caron Gentry looks at how gender, race, and heteronormative expectations of public life shape Western understandings of terrorism as irrational, immoral and illegitimate. Gentry examines the profiles of 8 well-known terrorist actors. Gentry identifies the gendered,... Read More