Dr. Jordan Stanger-Ross is associate professor of history at the University of Victoria and the project director for Landscapes of Injustice, a seven-year, multi-partner research project exploring the forced dispossession of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War. Dr. Stanger-Ross recently spoke to us about his article in the Journal of American Ethnic History, titled, “The Unfaithful Custodian: Glenn McPherson and the Dispossession of Japanese Canadians in the 1940s.”

On January 19 1943, Canada took a decision that set its internment of Japanese Canadians on a new path, one that diverged significantly from that of the United States (which, to that point, Canadians had closely mirrored). Under the new policy, the 22,000 Japanese Canadians who had been uprooted and interned in the previous year were stripped of everything that they had been forced to leave behind. Canada’s Custodian of Enemy Property sold it all. This meant that, when Canada’s long internment era finally ended in 1949 (!) Japanese Canadians had nothing left. Their neighborhoods, homes, farms, businesses, and all of their varied personal belongings were gone. Japanese Canadians were forced start again from virtually nothing.

The dispossession was written into law by Glenn Willoughby McPherson, a low-level bureaucrat, little known and scarcely discussed before now. McPherson met with cabinet ministers on January 11 1943, reporting enthusiastically to a colleague that the discussion went “far better than I had hoped.” Federal politicians embraced his plan to sell everything that Japanese-Canadians owned and entrusted him to draft the authorizing law. For the collective of researchers of which I am a part—a group of some 70 academics, museum professionals, archivists, school teachers, students, and community leaders researching and telling the history of the dispossession of Japanese Canadians—McPherson was a person of significant interest. He was the author and executioner of the dispossession policy.

Then my co-author Will Archibald (then an MA student in history at the University of Victoria) made a startling archival discovery. In addition to directing the Office of the Custodian of Enemy Property, McPherson was a clandestine agent of the British Security Coordination. Initially entrusted to “protect” the property of Japanese Canadians, he was simultaneously writing inflammatory and fantastical secret reports of their potential perfidy. He was, to say the least, not someone to whom Japanese Canadians would have entrusted their material lives by choice.

Will and I knew we needed to write about McPherson. Examining the record (official and secret) of his activity, we find the dispossession both easier and harder to understand: easier because the records of McPherson’s life and work detail the process by which this consequential policy emerged but harder because unlike political actors, his motives are more obscure, his actions more secretive.

You can read the full text of Dr. Stanger-Ross’s article here.

African American Studies is a cornerstone of the University of Illinois Press. While we celebrate Black history all year round, this month we’re celebrating with some of our latest and forthcoming Black history titles.

Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement

Naomi André

Naomi André draws on the experiences of performers and audiences to explore opera’s resonance with today’s listeners. Interacting with creators and performers, as well as with the works themselves, André reveals how black opera unearths suppressed truths. These truths provoke complex, if uncomfortable, reconsideration of racial, gender, sexual, and other oppressive ideologies.




Black Public History in Chicago: Civil Rights Activism from World War II into the Cold War

Ian Rocksborough-Smith

Ian Rocksborough-Smith’s meticulous research and adept storytelling provide the first in-depth look at how these committed individuals leveraged Chicago’s black public history. Their goal: to engage with the struggle for racial equality. Rocksborough-Smith shows teachers working to advance curriculum reform in public schools, while well-known activists Margaret and Charles Burroughs pushed for greater recognition of black history by founding the DuSable Museum of African American History.


Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area

Peter Cole

Dockworkers have power. Often missed in commentary on today’s globalizing economy, workers in the world’s ports can harness their role, at a strategic choke point, to promote their labor rights and social justice causes. Peter Cole brings such overlooked experiences to light in an eye-opening comparative study of Durban, South Africa, and the San Francisco Bay Area, California. Path-breaking research reveals how unions effected lasting change in some of the most far-reaching struggles of modern times.


Glory in Their Spirit: How Four Black Women Took On the Army during World War II 

Sandra M. Bolzenius

Women Army Corps (WAC) privates Mary Green, Anna Morrison, Johnnie Murphy, and Alice Young enlisted to serve their country, improve their lives, and claim the privileges of citizenship long denied them. Promised a chance at training and skilled positions, they saw white WACs assigned to those better jobs and found themselves relegated to work as orderlies. In 1945, their strike alongside fifty other WACs captured the nation’s attention and ignited passionate debates on racism, women in the military, and patriotism.


James Baldwin and the 1980s: Witnessing the Reagan Era

Joseph Vogel

By the 1980s, critics and the public alike considered James Baldwin irrelevant. Yet Baldwin remained an important, prolific writer until his death in 1987. Indeed, his work throughout the decade pushed him into new areas, in particular an expanded interest in the social and psychological consequences of popular culture and mass media.




Mayor Harold Washington: Champion of Race and Reform in Chicago

Roger Biles

Raised in a political family on Chicago’s South Side, Harold Washington made history as the city’s first African American mayor. His 1983 electoral triumph, fueled by overwhelming black support, represented victory over the Chicago Machine and business as usual. Yet the racially charged campaign heralded an era of bitter political divisiveness that obstructed his efforts to change city government.



To Turn the Whole World Over: Black Women and Internationalism

Keisha N. Blain and Tiffany M. Gill

Black women undertook an energetic and unprecedented engagement with internationalism from the late nineteenth century to the 1970s. In many cases, their work reflected a complex effort to merge internationalism with issues of women’s rights and with feminist concerns. To Turn the Whole World Over examines these and other issues with a collection of cutting-edge essays on black men’s internationalism in this pivotal era and beyond.

Available March 2019


Read on JSTOR From the Journal of Civil and Human Rights, edited by Michael Ezra

From Colored Cosmopolitanism to Human Rights: A Historical Overview of the Transnational Black Freedom Struggle 

By Nico Slate

Black Power, Gender, and Transformational Politics

By Premilla Nadasen




Read on JSTOR from Women, Gender, and Families of Color, edited by Jennifer Hamer

That’s Not Me I See on TV . . . : African American Youth Interpret Media Images of Black Females 

By Valerie N. Adams-Bass, Keisha L. Bentley-Edwards, Howard C. Stevenson

An Introduction to Race, Gender, and Disability: Intersectionality, Disability Studies, and Families of Color 

By Liat Ben-Moshe, Sandy Magaña





Learn  about how you can support Black Studies scholarship at the University of Illinois Press here.




The University of Illinois Press is pleased to announce that James Cornelius has been selected by the Abraham Lincoln Association as editor of the Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association beginning January 2019.

About the Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association

The Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association (JALA) is the only journal devoted to Lincoln scholarship. In addition to selected scholarly articles—on Lincoln in the popular media, for example, or British reactions to the War— the journal features primary source documents such as photographs, newly discovered letters and other unpublished material. JALA is the official journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association.

The Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association was founded in 1987, as the successor of Papers of the Abraham Lincoln Association, which was published from 1979 to 1986. The journal is published in print by the University of Illinois Press and made freely available to read online by Michigan Publishing.

Submitting an article

JALA accepts manuscripts on any topic related to Abraham Lincoln. Manuscripts should make a contribution – or a new interpretation – to the field of study of Abraham Lincoln. Pertinent unpublished primary source materials are also welcome.

Authors should follow the Chicago Manual of Style. Papers should be in 12-point type, double-spaced, 20-25 pages exclusive of notes and references. Accepted papers are subject to editing.

Articles should be submitted electronically to the JALA online manuscript submission system. To begin, click here to set up your personal account and upload your submission.

We cannot think of a more fitting way to celebrate Black History Month than to announce University of Illinois Press’s newest giving opportunity, the Darlene Clark Hine African American History Fund. The mission of this fund is to continue the legacy of Dr. Hine’s commitment to mentorship and scholarship by supporting Black studies publications at Illinois. Contributions to this fund will support the Press’s premier Black studies list, which has expanded and enriched the field of Black studies and helps to build a greater understanding of the African American experience in its myriad dimensions.

Dr. Hine is a prolific author, a National Humanities Medalist, and a teacher and mentor to many. Darlene has been instrumental to the growth and success of UIP’s Black studies program, particularly through her work on The New Black Studies Series, which she coedits with Dwight A. McBride. However, “Darlene’s influence on our Black studies publishing program can be seen well beyond the series,” says senior acquisitions editor Dawn Durante, “in the breadth of the Press’s commitment to African American history and culture and particularly African American women’s and gender studies.” We are grateful to Darlene for allowing us to honor her with this fund, and we invite you to join us in building resources to sustain the work of the next generation of Black studies scholars.



What types of books will the DCH Fund support? The DCH Fund will support African American studies books published by University of Illinois Press.

Will DCH Fund only support books published in The New Black Studies Series? No, any book on African American studies will be eligible for support.

Is funding from the DCH Fund the same as a subvention? Sort of! One purpose of the fund is to support books by authors who do not have institutional subvention support available to them.

Can I receive support from the DCH Fund if my African American studies book is being published by another Press? We’re afraid not. This is a UIP fund, and is only able to support books that are published by University of Illinois Press.

Is the DCH Fund the same as the Darlene Clark Hine Award? No, the fund is not connected to the Darlene Clark Hine Award given by the Organization of American Historians. You can learn more about the book award here: https://www.oah.org/programs/awards/darlene-clark-hine-award/.

How can I contribute to the fund? We are so glad you asked! To learn more about ways to support the fund and the press, please visit https://www.press.uillinois.edu/giving/clark_hine_fund.html or contact Julie Laut, PhD., Outreach & Development Coordinator, at jlaut2@illinois.edu or 217-300-4126.



We are pleased to announce that Just One of the Boys: Female-to-Male Cross-Dressing on the American Variety Stage by Gillian M. Rodger won the Marcia Herndon Book Prize from the Gender and Sexualities Section from the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM). The award honors exceptional ethnomusicological work in gender and sexuality.

The book is part of the series Music in American Life.




The University of Illinois Press is pleased to announce the appointment of Quincy D. Newell, associate professor of religious studies at Hamilton College, and Benjamin E. Park, assistant professor of history at Sam Houston State University, as co-editors of Mormon Studies Review beginning January 2019. They succeed J. Spencer Fluhman, who served as the journal’s editor since 2013.

About the Editors

Quincy D. Newell is an expert in the religious history of the American West.  Her writing has appeared in publications including the Journal of Africana Religions, American Indian Quarterly, Religion Compass, and The Catholic Historical Review.  Her essay “What Jane James Saw,” in Directions for Mormon Studies in the Twenty-First Century (2016), edited by Patrick Q. Mason, won awards from both the American Society of Church History and the Mormon History Association. Among other books, Newell is the co-editor of New Perspectives in Mormon Studies: Creating and Crossing Boundaries, published by the University of Oklahoma Press in 2013; and the author of Your Sister in the Gospel: The Life of Jane Manning James, a Nineteenth-Century Black Mormon, forthcoming from Oxford University Press.  Her research has been supported by grants and fellowships from a variety of organizations, including the American Council of Learned Societies, the Louisville Institute, and the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies.

Benjamin E. Park received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Cambridge, served as the inaugural postdoctoral fellow with the University of Missouri’s Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy, and currently teaches American religious history at Sam Houston State University. His articles have appeared in Church History, Journal of the Early Republic, Early American Studies, American Nineteenth-Century History, and Journal of Mormon History, among other venues. His first book, American Nationalisms: Imagining Union in the Age of Revolutions, 1783-1833, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017, and his second book, The Kingdom of Nauvoo: A Story of Mormon Politics, Plural Marriage, and Power in Nineteenth Century America, will be published by W. W. Norton/Liveright in early 2020. He is currently editing A Companion to American Religious History for Wiley-Blackwell.

Both scholars have experience with the Mormon Studies Review prior to their appointment as co-editors, as Dr. Newell served on the editorial advisory board and Dr. Park served as an associate editor.  They have also worked together as members of the Mormon History Association’s Board of Directors.

Newell and Park will be assisted by an editorial advisory board that includes leading scholars of Mormon Studies from around the world.  Members of current editorial board include:

  • Hokulani Aikau, Associate Professor of Gender Studies and Ethnic Studies, University of Utah
  • Michael Austin, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Evansville
  • Elise Boxer, Assistant Professor of History and Coordinator of Native American Studies, University of South Dakota
  • Rachel Cope, Associate Professor of Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University
  • Amanda Hendrix-Komoto, Assistant Professor of History, Montana State University
  • David J. Howlett, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Kenyon College
  • Amy Hoyt, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, University of the Pacific
  • Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye, Senior Lecturer in Asian Studies, University of Auckland
  • Megan Sanborn Jones, Professor of Theatre, Brigham Young University
  • Susanna Morrill, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Lewis and Clark College
  • Sara M. Patterson, Associate Professor of Theological Studies, Hanover College
  • Seth Perry, Assistant Professor of Religion, Princeton University
  • Paul Reeve, Simmons Professor of Mormon Studies and Professor of History, University of Utah
  • Sujey Vega, Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies, Arizona State University
  • Pierre Vendassi, Associate Researcher, Centre Émile Durkheim, University of Bordeaux

About Mormon Studies Review

Since it was re-launched six years ago, Mormon Studies Review has been the premier review journal of a popular, evolving, and interdisciplinary subfield. Published annually, it typically includes roundtables, disciplinary essays, review essays, and a handful of book reviews that in some way cover the Mormon tradition and its wider world. Contributions traverse many different disciplines, topics, centuries, and nations, and touch on issues related to religion, politics, gender, race, and class. The authors have included seasoned leaders in their respective fields as well as junior scholars fresh out of graduate programs. The primary audience for the journal is academics and institutions who, while not specialists in Mormon studies, are interested in its scholarship as it relates to broader academic trends and topics.

Prior to coming to the University of Illinois Press, the Mormon Studies Review was published by the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, located at Brigham Young University. Previous issues can be found at https://publications.mi.byu.edu/periodicals/msr/.

Mormon Studies Review is issued annually and is published by the University of Illinois Press. Full details about the journal, including advertising information and subscription rates, are available at https://www.press.uillinois.edu/journals/msr.html. Mormon Studies Review is available online to subscribers through the JSTOR Current Scholarship Program at www.jstor.org.

Congratulations to the following books for being named Choice Outstanding Academic Titles for 2018!

In awarding Outstanding Academic Titles, the editors use the following criteria to review titles:

  • overall excellence in presentation and scholarship
  • importance relative to other literature in the field
  • distinction as a first treatment of a given subject in book or electronic form
  • originality or uniqueness of treatment
  • value to undergraduate students
  • importance in building undergraduate library collections

Pink-Slipped: What Happened to Women in the Silent Film Industries?

By: Jane M. Gaines

Spirituals and the Birth of a Black Entertainment Industry

By: Sandra Jean Graham

Shame: A Brief History

By: Peter N. Stearns

Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women

By: Brittney C. Cooper

Join us for the first annual University of Illinois Press Publishing Symposium on February 15 for a day of interactive workshops, round tables, and conversations about publishing.






Topics will include:

-Building a Relationship with a University Press

-Tips for a First Book

-Trends in Journal Publication

-Debunking Myths about publishing

-Crafting a Good Proposal

Keynote Address: #PublishingWhileBlack: Reflections on “Diversity,” Antiracism, and Equity, Speaker: Jill Petty, Former Editor for South End Press, Beacon Press, and Northwestern University Press.

Learn more about the opportunity to discuss your book proposal with an experienced acquisitions editor here: https://www.press.uillinois.edu/wordpress/call-for-proposals-2019-university-of-illinois-press-publishing-symposium/

Find the full schedule here: https://www.press.uillinois.edu/about/symposium.html

Registration is not required to attend the symposium, but we encourage pre-registration to help us organize our space for attendees. Box lunches will be provided only to those who pre-register by February 7, 2019.

Register herehttps://forms.illinois.edu/sec/9516932

Thanks to our co-sponsors: OVCR Office of Research Advising and Project Development, the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, IPRH, Center for Advanced Study, and the Unit for Criticism

The Journal of Civil and Human Rights is now accepting submissions for the December 2020 issue. Proposals will be accepted until the end of June 2019.

The Journal of Civil and Human Rights is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, academic journal dedicated to studying modern U.S.-based social justice movements and freedom struggles, including transnational ones, and their antecedents, influence, and legacies. The journal features research-based articles, interviews, editorials, state-of-the-field pieces, and book forums.



For more information regarding submission guidelines and journal style, see https://www.press.uillinois.edu/journals/jchr/submissions.html 

For questions contact, Michael Ezra, Editor, at ezra@sonoma.edu

The University of Illinois Press is pleased to announce that To Live Here, You Have to Fight: How Women Led Appalachian Movements for Social Justice, has been selected as a grant recipient from the Howard D. and Marjorie I. Brooks Fund for Progressive Thought. This internal fund was established in 2018 by William Brooks, professor emeritus of music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and professor of music at the University of York, in honor of his parents’ lifelong commitment to progressive causes. To Live Here, You Have to Fight, the inspiring yet sobering story of white Appalachian women acting as leaders and soldiers in a grassroots war on poverty in the 1960s and 1970s, exemplifies the spirit of this Fund.



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