Author Archives: michael

Here are 5 essential books that explore the sociopolitical and historical contexts of jazz music.   1. Jazz Internationalism By John Lowney “Indispensable to African American literary and cultural studies, jazz studies, and internationalist leftist studies. Its discussion of how jazz … Continue reading

NWSA and University of Illinois Press are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 First Book Prize! Congratulations to Nicosia M. Shakes who has won first prize for her book  “Gender, Race and Performance Space: Women’s Activism in Jamaican … Continue reading

This fall, University of Illinois Press celebrates new books published in the Folklore Studies in a Multicultural World Series. Since 2009, University of Illinois has been a partner in the multi-press initiative, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, along with the University Press … Continue reading

Lex Tate is an adjunct lecturer in journalism and advertising at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and served as associate director of the University of Illinois Office for University Relations. She recently answered some questions about her book An Illini Place: … Continue reading

The University of Illinois Press is pleased to announce the launch of the Bruno Nettl Fund for Ethnomusicology. The fund honors UIUC professor emeritus Bruno Nettl, internationally renowned musicologist, co-founder of the Society for Ethnomusicology, and longtime editor of the … Continue reading

Here are 5 new African American Studies books to keep an eye out for at ASALH this year. Make sure to stop by the UIP booth and check them out! 1.The Rise and Fall of the Associated Negro Press By … Continue reading

Denise Von Glahn is the Curtis Mayes Orpheus Professor of Musicology at Florida State University, where she is also the coordinator of the Musicology Area and director of the Center for Music of the Americas. She recently answered some questions about Libby … Continue reading

Lee Bidgood offers a fascinating study of the Czech bluegrass phenomenon, merging intimate immersion in the music with on-the-ground fieldwork informed by his life as a working musician. Drawing on his own personal and professional interactions, Bidgood charts how Czech … Continue reading

Colleen Taylor Sen, co-editor of The Chicago Food Encyclopedia, appeared on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight to discuss Chicago’s food history and unique lesser known Chicago food items.

University of Illinois Press has always prided ourselves on our commitment to social justice. In light of the recent events in Charlottesville, here are 8 books and journals for understanding systemic racism. Private Prisons in America: A Critical Race Perspective by Michael A. Hallet … Continue reading