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Journal of American Folklore

Thomas A. DuBois and James P. Leary, editors

Journal of Appalachian Studies

Shaunna Scott, editor

The Polish Review

Neal Pease, editor

Black Music Research Journal

Gayle Murchison, editor

History of the Present

Named 2012's 'Best New Journal' by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals

Journal of American Ethnic History

John J. Bukowczyk, editor


Ellen Koskoff, editor

Scandinavian Studies

Susan Brantly, editor

Journal of Film and Video

Stephen Tropiano, editor

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Emily Abrams Ansari wins ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award

The University of Illinois Press wishes to congratulate Emily Abrams Ansari, a recipient of the 46th annual ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award. Her award winning article, “Vindication, Cleansing, Catharsis, Hope”: Interracial Reconciliation and the Dilemmas of Multiculturalism in Kay and Dorr’s Jubilee (1976), was published in the University of Illinois Press’s own American Music, Vol. 31:4 (Winter 2013).

The Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson awards, established by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in 1967, commemorates the late composer, critic, commentator, and president of ASCAP, Deems Taylor. Virgil Thomas was added this year to the award’s title to honor his service to ASCAP as a member of its board of directors and his contribution to American music as both a composer and critic.

We are proud to publish the work of outstanding scholars like Professor Ansari and look forward to many more significant accomplishments from her.

Professor Ansari was honored at a ceremony for the Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomas award winners at the New York Institute of Technology Auditorium in Manhattan, New York on November 12.

American Music is the first journal that was devoted exclusively to American music and the wide-ranging scope implied by its title. Articles cover a rich array of composers, performers, publishers, institutions, performing traditions, and events. The journal also includes reviews of books, recordings, films, websites, and concerts.

The Press Welcomes the Journal of Sport History

The University of Illinois Press will be welcoming the Journal of Sport History to its roster in 2015! We will be publishing the Journal on behalf of the North American Society for Sport History. From NASSH.org, "The Journal of Sport History seeks to promote the study of all aspects of the history of sport."

The Journal is currently edited by Alison M. Wrynn at California State University, Long Beach.

This Journal is a wonderful compliment to the Press's growing book list in sport history and we are very excited to be welcoming them! Check back with us soon, as we will continue to add new information about this exciting title as it becomes available.

Journals Department adds Marketing Manager

The University of Illinois Press is pleased to announce that Alexa Colella has joined the press as the visiting marketing manager for scholarly journals. Her responsibilities will include creating marketing strategies, content, advertising, and social media for the journals division of the press. She comes to us from Purdue University's Center for Food and Agricultural Business where she served as their marketing coordinator. She began work with us on November 10, 2014.

"Alexa's experience and knowledge already make her an important addition to our staff," said Clydette Wantland, Journals Manager. "Her appointment will be key in helping the Journals Department take advantage of opportunities for new product development as well as working with our valued Society clients to promote their work. We were fortunate to find someone of Alexa's caliber to fulfill this role."

Colella holds a bachelor's degree from St. Lawrence University and a master's from Purdue University. In her previous role, Colella, was responsible for the management and analyzing of data, using it to drive the center's marketing strategy. She also managed the production of course materials and helped to develop and create content. She looks forward to her now role at the University of Illinois Press, Journals Department.

Started in 1918, this founding member of the Association of American University Presses currently publishes more than 100 books and 30+ scholarly journals each year in an array of subjects including American history, labor history, sports history, folklore, food, film, American music, American religion, African American studies, women’s studies, and, of course, Abraham Lincoln.