Jason Brennan has been named as the new editor of Public Affairs Quarterly, which is in its 35th volume year.

Dr. Brennan is a Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. He specializes in politics, philosophy, and economics.

Dr. Brennan is the author of 13 books: Why It’s OK to Want to Be Rich (Routledge Press 2020), Good Work if You Can Get It (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020); Injustice for All: America’s Dysfunctional Criminal Justice System and How to Fix It, with Christopher Surprenant (Routledge, 2019); Cracks in the Ivory Tower: The Moral Mess of Higher Education, with Phil Magness (Oxford University Press, 2019); When All Else Fails: Resistance, Violence, and State Injustice (Princeton University Press, 2018); In Defense of Openness: Global Justice as Global Freedom (Oxford University Press, 2018), with Bas van der Vossen; Against Democracy (Princeton University Press, 2016); Markets without Limits, with Peter Jaworski (Routledge Press, 2016); Compulsory Voting: For and Against, with Lisa Hill (Cambridge University Press, 2014); Why Not Capitalism? (Routledge Press, 2014); Libertarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2012); The Ethics of Voting (Princeton University Press, 2011); and, with David Schmidtz, A Brief History of Liberty (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). He is co-editor, along with David Schmidtz and Bas Van der Vossen, of the Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism (Routledge, 2017).

His books have been translated 23 times, into Mandarin, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, Turkish, German, Italian, Greek, Polish, Mongolian, Georgian, Ukrainian, and Swedish. Gegen Demokratie (Ullstein, 2017), the German translation of Against Democracy, was a Der Spiegel bestseller.

We thank the outgoing editor, David Boonan, for his contributions to the journal.

Kick off the new year with January’s free ebook! We’re giving away To Live Here, You Have To Fight: How Women Led Appalachian Movements For Social Justice by Jessica Wilkerson!

Jessica Wilkerson shows white Appalachian women acting as leaders and soldiers in a grassroots war on poverty in the 1960s-1970s–shaping and sustaining programs, engaging in ideological debates, offering fresh visions of democratic participation, and facing personal political struggles. Their insistence that caregiving was valuable labor clashed with entrenched attitudes and rising criticisms of welfare. 

Don’t miss out, the giveaway ends at the end of the month,

Find out more about obtaining your free ebook here:  https://bit.ly/3qQQwc9

We are pleased to announce Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement by Naomi André has won the American Musicological Society’s Judy Tsou Critical Race Studies Award!

The award committee said:

“Written with a critical eye and ear while also maintaining accessibility, Black Opera lifts the cone of silence over Black composers and their performers through intersectional analyses of race, gender, and sexuality. André necessarily and gracefully brings critical race literature into music studies and through her concept of engaged opera unlocks the form’s Afrodiasporic scope to include performances in both the U.S. and South Africa. Thoughtfully reflexive, Black Opera raises questions that should have been asked by scholars much sooner even as it graciously invites the next generation of scholars, students, and performers to build upon the work in order to create more inclusive space within the genre of opera.” 

Congratulations Naomi!

Welcome to the University of Illinois Press’s virtual exhibit for the 2021 American Historical Association extended conference! We hope you’ll step inside our virtual booth and browse new books, journal articles, author interviews, and more. Be sure to use promo code AHA21 for 50% off all of our history titles from December 8, 2020 to January 16, 2021! The exhibit will be available until June 30, 2021.

New Titles in Black History

New Titles in Communication History

New Titles in Labor History

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Featured Journals from the University of Illinois Press

The Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association (JALA) is the only journal devoted exclusively to Lincoln scholarship.  The journal also features photographs and newly discovered Lincoln letters and other unpublished primary source documents. JALA is the official journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association.

The only academic journal devoted to the history of Connecticut. The Connecticut History Review is a publication of the Association for the Study of Connecticut History (ASCH). The journal publishes twice annually, in the spring and fall.

Illinois Classical Studies was founded in 1976 by Miroslav Marcovich, Head of the Department of the Classics at the University of Illinois.  ICS publishes original research on a variety of topics related to the Classics, in all areas of Classical Philology and its ancillary disciplines

The Journal of Mormon History examines the Mormon past through a variety of perspectives, including but not limited to Mormon Studies/religious studies, cultural history, social history, and intellectual history. Journal of Mormon History is published on behalf of the Mormon History Association.

Utah Historical Quarterly (UHQ) is published on behalf of the Utah State Historical Society since 1928. UHQ‘s mission, from its earliest issues to the present, is to publish articles on all aspects of Utah history and to present Utah in the larger context of the West. 

New Titles in Disability History

Journal of Sport History and Related Book Titles

The Journal of Sport History seeks to promote the study of all aspects of the history of sport. We invite the submission of scholarly articles, research notes, documents, and commentary.

Journal of American Ethnic History and Related Book Titles

The Journal of American Ethnic History (JAEH) addresses various aspects of North American immigration history and American ethnic history, including background of emigration, ethnic and racial groups, Native Americans, race and ethnic relations.

Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society and Related Book Titles

The Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, established in 1908, is the scholarly publication of the Illinois State Historical Society, a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, promoting, and publishing the latest research about the Prairie State.

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Alison Syring is the new acquisitions editor at the University of Illinois Press. She was the Press’s first “Round the Press” intern and was hired as an assistant acquisitions editor in 2017. She handles a variety of fields including radical studies, labor studies, disability studies, and Illinois history!

Click here to read an interview with her on the blog.

Daniel Nasset is the new Editor-in-Chief at the University of Illinois Press. He started as an assistant acquisitions editor in 2009 before becoming an acquisitions editor in 2011. He has distinguished himself with his acquisitions in a variety of fields including history, sports, and American studies! 

Click here to read an interview with him on the blog.

Spotlight on Three Prominent American Women in Music, Black History, and Women’s Suffrage

The Heart of a Woman: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price by Rae Linda Brown is the first-ever biography of Florence B. Price, a composer whose career spanned both the Harlem and Chicago Renaissances, and the first African American woman to gain national recognition for her works. Read more about her and other outstanding African Americans in Chicago in our blog post here.

Libby Larsen has composed award-winning music performed around the world. At the same time, she has advocated for living composers and new music since co-founding the American Composers Forum in 1973. Read more about her in Libby Larsen: Composing and American Life by Denise Von Glahn and other pioneering women in music in our blog post here.

Alice Paul and the American Suffrage Campaign by Katherine H. Adams & Michael L. Keene narrates the remarkable story of the first person to picket the White House, attempt a national political boycott, burn the president in effigy, and lead a successful campaign of nonviolence. Read more about Alice Paul and other women essential to Women’s Suffrage in our blog post here.

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Our Spring 2021 catalog is here! We have an exciting array of new titles coming and we can’t wait to get them into your hands. The stunning cover features UFC fighter Rose Namajunas, from the cover of the book Fighting Visibility by Jennifer McClearen.

Browse the catalog here and learn more about some of the great forthcoming titles below!


First up are two guides that will be the perfect complement to your post-pandemic travels. First, the Guide to Chicago’s Twenty-First Century Architecture by The Chicago Architecture Center and John Hill takes readers on a journey into an ever-changing architectural mecca. It showcases 200 architecturally significant spaces and buildings from the Loop to the suburbs and is designed for both the tourist and local alike.

Next, Charles Titus’s new book, Exploring the Land of Lincoln: The Essential Guide to Illinois Historic Sites launches our new regional trade imprint 3 Fields Books! It’s a travel guide to 20 historic sites in Illinois that takes readers on a journey from Cahokia Mounds and Starved Rock to the South Side Community Art Center to explore the Prairie State’s most extraordinary historic sties.

Next, Cara A. Finnegan tells a fresh and fascinating history of the ways presidents have engaged with photography in Photographic Presidents: Making History From Daguerreotype to Digital.

And in music history, John Milward chronicles the evolution and resonance of Americana in Americanaland: Where Country & Western Met Rock ‘n’ Roll. Featured throughout are stunning hand-embroidered portraits of the musicians profiled by artist Margie Greve. Then, Jonathan Wright and Dawson Barrett tell the story of the DIY punk rock scene in the 1980s and 90s in a typical American small city in Punks in Peoria: Making A Scene in the American Heartland.

In Black Studies, Surviving Southampton: African American Women and Resistance in Nat Turner’s Community by Vanessa M. Holden tells the story of the women, children, and community that created Nat Turner and returns enslaved women to the history of slave rebellions. In Afro-Nostalgia: Feeling Good in Contemporary Black Culture, Badia Ahad-Legardy details how contemporary Black artists have creatively reimagined the Black historical past to create good feelings in the present.

In The Black Intellectual Tradition: African American Thought in the Twentieth Century, Derrick P. Alridge, Cornelius L. Bynum, and James B. Stewart edit an interdisciplinary collection of essays that offers a long view of the Black freedom struggle through the thought and ideas of African American thinkers in the twentieth century. And in our latest addition to the Disability Histories series, Jenifer L. Barclay presents a revelatory history of the relationship between ableism and racism in American slavery with The Mark of Slavery: Disability, Race, and Gender in Antebellum America.

And in sports history, former international gymnast Georgia Cervin presents the first big history of gymnastics in Degrees of Difficulty: How Women’s Gymnastics Rose to Prominence and Fell From Grace. Next, George Ruth’s Tennis: A History from American Amateurs to Global Professionals tells the story of how tennis went from a game played on lawns to a profit-generating modern day sport entertainment with bankable superstars. Brian D. Bunk refutes the notion of the U.S. as a land outside football history in From Football to Soccer: The Early History of the Beautiful Game in the United States. And Jennifer McClearen argues that the UFC’s promotion of diverse female athletes serves as a seductive mirage of progress that enables the brand’s exploitative labor practices in Fighting Visibility: Sports Media and Female Athletes in the UFC.

And that’s just in the first few pages! Browse the full catalog and check out the other amazing titles we have coming!

Richard Porton, the author of Film and the Anarchist Imagination, shares the inspirations and discoveries behind the expanded second edition of his exploration of anarchism’s images, ideas, and influence in cinema.

Q: Why did you decide to write this book?

 When I began researching the first edition during the 1980s, I realized that there wasn’t a comprehensive, book-length survey of a subgenre that could be labeled “anarchist cinema.”  So, to a certain extent, writing the book involved mapping a tradition that few thought even existed.  Radical cinema was usually associated with non-anarchist movements such as Soviet montage and post-revolutionary Cuban cinema. Even erudite cinephiles couldn’t conceive of an explicitly political and historical notion of anarchist cinema. The British critic Alan Lovell had, some years before, published a very brief monograph called Anarchist Cinema, which was basically a study of three filmmakers: Jean Vigo, Luis Bunuel, and Georges Franju. That, and some scattered articles and reviews in anarchist periodicals, was about it. So, in many respects, the book was meant as something of a corrective—or an antidote to conventional modes of thinking.

Q: Who were your biggest influences?

Although there are a number of critics and historians I admire, it would be arrogant to cite any as tangible “influences.” Instead, I’d just say that there are a number of writers I admire, but whose talent and insight I could never hope to replicate.  In terms of this project specifically, I ‘ve always been impressed with the way that the late Paul Avrich, the leading American chronicler of anarchism, synthesized great narrative sweep with historical commentary. Activist theorists/historians such as Murray Bookchin and David Graeber were constant inspirations. Since the book is as much a work of film criticism as film history, I’m indebted to a plethora of film critics and academics. But some of these critics and academics are friends and I’d be loath to name any of them in the event of inadvertently slighting someone I’ve overlooked.  

Q: What is the most interesting discovery you made while researching and writing your book?

While working on the second, expanded edition of the book, I was heartened by the fact that there’s now a burgeoning community of filmmakers who are knowledgeable about anarchism and unashamed to say so. During the 1930s, the CNT, an anarcho-syndicalist trade union, produced explicitly anarchist films during the Spanish Civil War (or, as the anarchists like to say, the “Spanish Revolution”). In 1999, when the first edition was published, New York’s Pacific Street Film Collective (now called Pacific Street Films) was one of the few surviving groups with a similar mission. Shortly after the publication of the first edition in 1999 and the rise of anti-corporate globalization movements, anarchism was no longer regarded as a quaint nineteenth-century creed. Filmmaking followed suit and a selection of relatively recent anarchist films are discussed in the new edition’s Afterword.  Perhaps that’s not precisely a “discovery.” But working on a second edition confirmed that the climate of opinion concerning cinema and anarchism had changed.

Richard Porton is an editor at Cineaste and has taught film studies at the College of Staten Island, Hunter College, Rutgers University, and New York University.

Q: What myths do you hope your book will dispel or what do you hope your book will help readers unlearn?

As with the first edition, I wanted to dispel cliched assumptions about anarchism and anarchists, particularly the conviction, which has now resurfaced with Trump’s incendiary rhetoric, that anarchists are nothing but violent, irrational terrorists. Of course, it would be a mistake to go in the other direction and claim that anarchists have always been pacifists. But a nuanced treatment of the extremely complex history of anarchism, and its relationship to cinema, encompasses advocates of propaganda by the deed as well as Tolstoyan pacifists— and individualists and syndicalists as well as anarcho-communists. Dwelling on these distinctions inspired a bemused reviewer in Sight & Sound to refer to me as a “hair splitter” in 2000. But neither anarchist politics nor anarchist cinema are monolithic entities.

Q: What is the most important idea you hope readers will take away from your book?

 I’m quite ecumenical in my conception of anarchist cinema and include many films by directors who are not self-identified anarchists but whose work reflects what I’d call an anarchist or anti-authoritarian impetus. As the late, great Stuart Christie, the founder of the invaluable Anarchist Film Channel, observed some years ago in The Guardian, “films made by anarchists can be very boring indeed”…one should also consider lots of anti-authoritarian films made by non-anarchists.” So, even though I’ve been criticized for refusing to define “anarchist cinema,” readers should reject rigid assumptions that the cinematic anarchist imagination has to conform to a particular aesthetic or sectarian tendency. That’s probably the primary “takeaway.” As I maintain, to the irritation of some critics, the anarchist aesthetic is “elusive.”

Q: What do you like to read/watch/or listen to for fun?

Although I attended online editions of the Toronto and New York film festivals during the pandemic and saw some films I liked, I’ve derived the most pleasure from re-screening some classics on DVD. I was particularly intrigued to revisit some vintage Hollywood films such as Mitchell Leisen’s Hold Back the Dawn and Billy Wilder’s The Apartment and concluded that they hold up quite well in 2020. As far as reading material is concerned, I’ve been sampling several rather lengthy books that I’ve yet to finish—Mike Davis and Jon Wiener’s Set the Night on Fire: L.A. in the Sixties and Roberto Calasso’s The Celestial Hunter. For cinephiles, Bill Krohn’s recently published Letters From Hollywood, 1977-2017 is a fun anthology to dip into at one’s leisure. And I might eventually get around to reading Elena Ferrante’s new novel, The Lying Life of Adults.


Welcome to the University of Illinois Press virtual exhibit for the 2020 American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature conference! While we wish this could be an in-person event, we’re still excited to show you new research in religious history and practice, sacred music, Mormon studies, philosophy, and ethics. Browse books, journal articles, author interviews, and more in this virtual exhibit! Also, make sure to use promo code AARSBL20 for 50% off all of our religious studies titles from November 29th to December 10th. Buy three books and get a free copy of the Spring 2021 issue of American Journal of Theology and Philosophy.

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The American Journal of Theology & Philosophy is a scholarly journal dedicated to the creative interchange of ideas between theologians and philosophers on some of the most critical intellectual and ethical issues of our time. Check out the podcast below with editor Gary Slater for more info about the journal.

Podcast with Gary Slater, Editor of The American Journal of Theology and Philosophy

Let’s Talk!

Alison Syring is the new acquisitions editor at the University of Illinois Press. She was the Press’s first “Round the Press” intern and was hired as an assistant acquisitions editor in 2017. She handles a variety of fields including radical studies, Appalachian studies, religion, and Mormon Studies!

Click here to read an interview with her on the blog.

Click here to read about her interview with the Juvenile Instructor.

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We’re pleased to announce that Cara A. Finnegan’s forthcoming book, Photographic Presidents: Making History from Daguerreotype to Digital, has been given a National Endowment for the Humanities Open Book Award, a special initiative for scholarly presses to make recent monographs freely available online.

The NEH said, “The books that will be made available through this award range from studies of Russian libel to Song dynasty paintings and the birth of the Reformation, and were all written with previous support from one of several NEH fellowship programs.

During a time when so many of us are doing research remotely, the value of digital editions like these that can be freely accessed from anywhere in the world is more apparent than ever.

All awardees will receive $5,500 per book to support digitization, marketing, and a stipend for the author.”

Photographic Presidents will be published in April 2021. Stay tuned for an announcement of when the open access edition will be available.

Congratulation’s Cara!

Cara A. Finnegan is a professor of communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

It’s that time of year again! Use Promo Code HOLIDAY50 to get all books for 50% off in our annual holiday sale! Need some ideas? Browse our Fall catalog here to get some ideas!

We are pleased to announce Traveling with Service Animals: By Air, Road, Rail, and Ship across North America by Henry Kisor and Chris Goodier won Silver (second place) in the 2019-2020 Society of American Travel Writers Foundation Lowell Thomas Competition in the Guidebook category (119).

Winners of the awards, the most prestigious in the field of travel journalism, were announced October 16, 2020, at the annual conference of SATW, the premier professional organization of travel journalists and communicators. This year’s gathering was a virtual event.

The competition drew 1,299 entries and was judged by faculty at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. This year, the SATW Foundation presented 99 awards in 26 categories and more than $21,000 in prize money to journalists. The awards are named for Lowell Thomas, acclaimed broadcast journalist, prolific author and world explorer during five decades in journalism.