We are pleased to announce Spirituals and the Birth of a Black Entertainment Industry by Sandra Jean Graham won the Music in American Culture Award (outstanding scholarship in music of the United States) from the American Musicological Society (AMS).

The award was announced at the annual AMS conference in Boston November 2, 2019.

Congratulations Sandra!






We are pleased to announce Disruption in Detroit: Autoworkers and the Elusive Postwar Boom by Daniel J. Clark was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title in 2019.  This award recognizes outstanding works for excellence in presentation and scholarship, and significance in contribution to their fields.

Congratulations Daniel!







It’s that time of year again and that means it’s time for our annual Holiday Sale!

All books are 40% off! Plus, get free U.S. shipping when you spend $50 or more.

Use Promo Code WINTER19 and get books for everyone on your list this year, including yourself!

Hurry! Sale ends December 14, 2019.

Start shopping here: https://www.press.uillinois.edu/


We are pleased to announce The World in a City: Multiethnic Radicalism in Early Twentieth-Century Los Angeles by David M. Struthers won the Shelley Fisher Fishkin Prize for International Scholarship in Transnational American Studies from the International Committee of the American Studies Association (ASA).

The prize is awarded for excellent publications that present original research in Transnational American Studies (including original interdisciplinary research in Transnational American Studies).

The award was announced at the annual ASA conference on November 7.

Congratulations David!

We are pleased to announce Gendered Resistance: Women, Slavery, and the Legacy of Margaret Garner, edited by Mary E. Frederickson and Delores M. Walters has won an International AAHGS Book Award from the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS).

The award was announced during its 40th National Genealogy Conference in October.

Congratulations Mary and Delores!

The University of Illinois Press is pleased to announce that Hot Feet and Social Change: African Dance and Diaspora Communities edited by Kariamu Welsh, Esailama Diouf, and Yvonne Daniel with Prefaces by Danny Glover, Harry Belafonte, and James Counts Early has been selected as a grant recipient from the University of Illinois Press Fund for Anthropology.

This internal fund established in 2017 helps ensure the publication of diverse research in anthropology. The fund builds upon the generosity of Norm Whitten, professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a pioneer of ethnographic approaches to anthropological research in South America. Hot Feet and Social Change, which tell some of the thousands of stories lived and learned by people in the field of African dance, exemplifies the spirit of this fund.





To find out more, go to: https://www.press.uillinois.edu/giving/





The Spring 2020 catalog is here and we’re kicking off the next decade with a new catalog design and an exciting array of new titles!

Browse the new catalog and check out our preview below!



Spring 2020 Catalog Preview


Leading the pack is a memoir by southern soul superstar Denise LaSalle. In Always the Queen: The Denise LaSalle Story she tells her tale of a lifetime in music to longtime blues journalist and author of multiple UIP books on the blues, David Whiteis. In The Heart of A Woman: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price, Rae Linda Brown writes the first biography of the groundbreaking Black woman composer whose career spanned both the Harlem and Chicago Renaissances.

Frank Stricker breaks down the myths, misinformation, and willful deceptions regarding unemployment in American Unemployment: Past, Present, and Future. Jason Strange takes a deep dive in the back-to-the-land movement in Shelter From the Machine: Homesteaders in the Age of Capitalism and reveals that though they seek lives off the grid, homesteaders remain connected to the most pressing questions confronting the United States today.

In Degrees of Difference: Reflections of Women of Color on Graduate School, Kimberly D. McKee and Denise A. Delgado present a first of its kind collection of essays from women of color on their battles navigating grad school and strategies for surviving the grind and resisting racism.

Just in time for the 75th anniversary of Ebony magazine, E. James West explores Ebony’s political, social,and historical content and the role of its senior editor and in-house historian Lerone Bennett Jr. in Ebony Magazine and Lerone Bennett Jr: Popular Black History in Postwar America. In African Art Reframed: Reflections and Dialogues on Museum Culture, Bennetta Jules-Rosette and J.R. Osborn explore the modern reframing of African art through case studies of museums and galleries in the United States, Europe, and Africa.


Deborah E. Kanter tells the story of neighborhood change and rebirth in Chicago’s Mexican American communities in Chicago Catolico: Making Catholic Parishes Mexican. Linda Steiner, Carolyn Kitch, and Brooke Kroeger edit a timely collection of essays called Front Pages, Front Lines: Media and the Fight for Women’s Suffrage examining the press and the long road to the Nineteenth Amendment.



Other highlights include, but are certainly not limited to: a book on Werner Herzog by Joshua Lund joins our Contemporary Film Directors Series; Kim E. Nielsen, series editor of the Disability Histories series  tells the fascinating tale of a female physician battling oppression and the law in the nineteenth century Midwest in Money, Marriage, and Madness: The Life of Anna Ott; and Stephanie Vander Wel looks at country music pioneers in Hillbilly Maidens, Okies, and Cowgirls: Women’s Country Music, 1930-1960

Additionally, we have four new journals joining our journals program: Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Journal of Olympic Studies, Italian American Review, and Utah Historical Quarterly.

See for yourself! You can browse our new catalog here.





NWSA and the University of Illinois Press are pleased to announce the winner of the 2019 First Book Prize! 

Shamara Wyllie Alhassan, Brown University

Re-Membering the Maternal Goddess: Rastafari Women’s Intellectual History and Activism in the Pan-African World

NWSA will celebrate all award winners at the 2019 Conference Awards Toast November 16, 2019 at 6:15 to 6:45pm at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square Tower 2, Grand Ballroom Level, Grand Ballroom Salon A.


Thank you to the prize committee: 

Christen Smith, author of Afro-Paradise: Blackness, Violence and Performance in Brazil (UIP, 2016)

Amy Brandzel, author of Against Citizenship: The Violence of the Normative (UIP, 2016)

Elizabeth Currans, author of Marching Dykes, Liberated Sluts, and Concerned Mothers: Women Transforming Public Space (UIP, 2017)


Past winners of the prize include:

2018 Award: Wen Liu,Assembling Asian America: Psychological Technologies and Queer Subjectivities

Nishant Upadhyay, Indians on Indian Lands: Intersections of Race, Caste, and Indigeneity

2017 Award: Nicosia M. Shakes, Gender, Race and Performance Space: Women’s Activism in Jamaican and South African Theatre

Honorable Mention: Elizabeth Verklan, “Objects of Desire: Feminist Inquiry, Transnational Feminism, and Global Fashion”

2016 Award: Michele Eggers, Embodying Inequality: The Criminalization of Women for Abortion in Chile

2015 Award: Erin. L Durban-Albrecht, Postcolonial Homophobia: United States Imperialism in Haiti and the Transnational Circulation of Antigay Sexual Politics

2014 Award: Ethel Tungohan, Migrant Care Worker Activism in Canada: From the Politics of Everyday Resistance to the Politics from Below

2013 Award: Christina Holmes, Chicana Environmentalisms: Decolonizing the Body, Nature, and Spirit

2012 Award: Sophie Richter-Devroe, How Women do Politics: Peacebuilding, Resistance and Survival in Palestine

2011 Award: Erica Williams, Ambiguous Entanglements: Sex, Race, and Tourism in Bahia


Please direct all questions and submissions to:

Dawn Durante, Senior Acquisitions Editor

University of Illinois Press

1325 South Oak St.

Champaign, IL 61820-6903


For more information please see the NWSA website.

Henry Kisor and Christine Goodier, authors of Traveling with Service Animals: By Air, Road, Rail, and Ship Across North Americashare their top tips for traveling with service animals just in time for the busy holiday season!

1 ) Train your partner to travel

As newly-minted service dog partners, we marvel at our dogs’ skills. How well they obey commands! How consistently they perform their tasks! Life is good. But when the dog refuses to use an airport relief box or lunges toward a cruise ship pastry cart, it’s tempting to abandon future travel plans. Instead, try scheduling short practice sessions close to home to introduce new experiences and pave the way for more ambitious trips.

2 ) Research your plan

Scrutinize your itinerary and ask a lot of questions before booking anything. Consider your dog’s maturity, peak season crowds, weather, quarantine laws, export permits, and more. Service dogs usually must meet the same entry requirements as family pets for foreign countries and rabies-free Hawaii, so begin your research early.

A good starting point is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) website: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel.

3 ) Call ahead

Provide advance notice that you are traveling with a service dog to smooth your way with hotels, restaurants, and tour operators. Request your preferred location, such as a ground floor room, first row bus seat, or corner table away from foot traffic. Notify an airline that your dog will accompany you and ask for a bulkhead seat by a window (or book early to confirm one from the start). Contact a cruise line at least a month ahead to arrange for a relief station onboard. Reconfirm everything.

4 ) Find a USDA-accredited veterinarian

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the paperwork required for an international trip with a service dog, but if your veterinarian is accredited by the USDA, you’re ahead of the game. Vets with that credential are expected to be knowledgeable about documentation, vaccinations, parasite treatments, or blood tests your dog might need before travel. And a vet must be USDA-accredited to issue all international health certificates that require APHIS endorsement from a regional service center veterinarian.



Locate an accredited vet near you through the APHIS website: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/nvap/ct_locate_av

5 ) Pace Yourself

Picture yourself at the Grand Canyon in July, standing in line to squeeze your panting service dog onto a packed shuttle bus, and you’ll realize the need for strategic travel. Start sightseeing early before crowds are out, schedule rest periods, and don’t cram too much into one day. Avoid peak season. Fly nonstop or allow a generous connection time between flights. Arrive the day before your cruise or tour departs to adjust to time changes. Tactics like these can help you – and your dog – enjoy the trip and look forward to your next journey together.

-Henry Kisor and Christine Goodier, authors of Traveling with Service Animals: By Air, Road, Rail, and Ship Across North America



The University of Illinois is pleased to announce that Island Gospel: Pentecostal Music and Identity in Jamaica and the United States by Melvin L. Butler has been selected as one of the two first recipients of a grant from the Bruno Nettl Endowment for Ethnomusicology. This internal fund helps ensure the publication of diverse research in musicology and honors internationally renowned musicologist Bruno Nettl, professor emeritus of musicology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and co-founder of the Society for Ethnomusicology. Island Gospel, the first book-length manuscript to explore expressions of Pentecostal Christianity in Jamaica and its diaspora from a music-centered perspective, exemplifies the spirit of the endowment.


To find out more, go to: https://www.press.uillinois.edu/giving/nettl_fund.html