Congratulations to the Journal of Aesthetic Education on its golden anniversary!

In honor of 50 years of publication, this volume of JAE has a shiny new cover!

This issue has several exciting articles, as well. Here’s a sneak peek of the table of contents.

“The Acquaintance Principle, Aesthetic Judgments, and Conceptual Art” by Andrea Sauchelli

“Commissioning the (Art)Work: From Singular Authorship to Collective Creatorship” by Katerina Bantinaki

“Aesthetic Educators, Aesthetic Experts, and Deferential Belief Formation” by Amir Konigsberg

“A Primordial Sense of Art” by Guillermo Marini

“Virginia Woolf, Literary Style, and Aesthetic Education” by Vid Simoniti

“Formalist Problems, Realist Solutions” by David Anthony Gall

“The Ethical Turn in Aesthetic Education: Early Chinese Thinkers on Music and Arts” by Ming Dong Gu

“Toward a Cinematic Pedagogy: Gilles Deleuze and Manoel de Oliveira” by Susana Viegas

This issue will be available online at JSTOR. Read the upcoming issue as well as past issues of JAE on JSTOR, and Project MUSE, or learn more about the Journal on our website

Congrats to Dr. Jim Leary!

Congratulations to Dr. Jim Leary!

Leary is a former editor of the Journal of American Folklore and a member of two University of Illinois Press-affiliated societies, American Folklore Society and the Society of the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies.

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First issue of the Journal for Civil and Human Rights is now available!

This year, the University of Illinois Press, with support from Sonoma State University, published the first issue of the Journal of Civil and Human Rights (JCHR). JCHR 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, and reviews of books, films, museum exhibits, and Web sites.

The journal’s editor, Michael Ezra says, “The Journal of Civil and Human Rights (JCHR) evolved from the idea that the civil rights struggle—the African American fight for justice and equality, writ large, beginning around the World War II era and moving toward the present—deserves its own peer-reviewed journal. Many people provided input into this project, which led to expanding the focus to include all twentieth-century U.S. social movements and freedom struggles for human rights, including transnational ones.

One of the keenest expectations I have for the journal is that it will showcase articles that reflect currency—not just the best in scholarship but also work that directly relates to the ongoing struggles for civil and human rights that flow from the past to the present. It is my hope, along with the editorial board, that the Journal of Civil and Human Rights becomes the publication of record for such activism, both then and now.”

You can subscribe to this exciting new title here.

You can also follow @CivilHumanRight on twitter!

The University of Illinois Press (UIP) welcomes the Journal of Mormon History as the newest addition to its journals program!

We are excited to welcome the Journal of Mormon History, the official publication of the Mormon History Association, to the University of Illinois Press.

The Mormon History Association (MHA) is currently in its 50th year and the Journal of Mormon History is celebrating its 41st. The annual meeting of the Mormon History Association recently took place in Provo, UT.

Dawn Durante, an Acquisitions Editor at the University of Illinois Press, traveled to the meeting and shared her thoughts on the Press blog. The Press recently published The Mormon Tabernacle Choir authored by Michael Hicks, the previous editor of the journal American Music, also published by UIP.

Press director Laurie Matheson remarked, “Illinois has been publishing in Mormon history since the mid-1980s, and we are thrilled to build on our commitment to the field by taking on publication of the Journal of Mormon History. This partnership between the Press and the MHA will secure a lasting foundation for the broader dissemination of excellent scholarship in Mormon history.”

The first issue published in partnership with the University of Illinois Press will released in April 2016. We are very excited to be working with the MHA and welcome the Journal of Mormon History to our journals program!

You can follow MHA on Facebook and on Twitter @MormonHistAssoc.

COMING SOON!!! Announcing COMMON THREADS, a new series from the University of Illinois Press.

AJP_CTcover2This series brings together related journal content into e-book format, allowing the reader to experience several thematically-related scholarly articles at one time. This innovative new series aims to gather hand-selected material by leading scholars in an easy-to-digest format that will appeal to a wider audience than before.

Our first e-book in this series, Higher Mental Processes, was curated by Robert W. Proctor, editor of The American Journal of Psychology. The idea for this collection originated with an article by R .A. Carlson that was featured in the 125th anniversary issue of the Journal. Starting with this piece, which categorizes processes of higher-order thinking, Proctor added nine related articles from different issues throughout the Journal’s history that complemented the theme and resulted in a ten article e-book with a special introduction from the editor.

Look for future Common Threads from our other titles!

Common Threads: Higher Mental Processes will be on our website at

New editor for PAQ

Public Affairs Quarterly welcomes a new editor, Professor Rebecca Kukla. Dr. Kukla is a Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University and a Senior Research Scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics as well as the Editor-In-Chief of their journal, the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal.  Her first issue will be PAQ 29.4, October 2015.

Dr Kukla’s most recent research interests are the ethical and epistemological issues concerning the assessment of risk and communication about risk. This dovetails with her established research into bioethics, leading to exploration of issues of risk at all levels of medical practice, from the design of medical trials to the interpretation of scientific results, and to all kinds of medical communication including medicine guidelines, physician-patient communication, and media representations of risk.

Her 2009 book ‘Yo!’ and ‘Lo!’: The Pragmatic Topography of the Space of Reasons with co-author Mark Lance looked at philosophical problems starting with the pragmatics of language, and they developed a typology of pragmatic categories of speech. If you’re not sure why Don Corleone wants you to “leave the gun and take the cannoli,” this will help you to understand!

Dr. Kukla’s discussion of the practical ethics of pregnancy and motherhood in her 2005 book Mass Hysteria: Medicine, Culture, and Mothers’ Bodies led a reviewer to highlight the “sly wit, impressive historical scope and deep moral conviction, (with which) Rebecca Kukla brilliantly illuminates modern cultural beliefs and practices about motherhood as an embodied experience.”

PAQ will continue to publish essays that bring “philosophical depth and sophistication to matters . . . of public debate that would otherwise be left to the tender mercies of political rhetoric and journalistic oversimplification.” Rebecca Kukla can be reached at Or visit PAQ,

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, “The Journal of Sport History seeks to promote the study of all aspects of the history of sport.”

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

This Journal is a wonderful complement to the Press’s growing book list in sport history and we are thrilled 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.