Our Spring 2020 Catalog is here!



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Just in time for the 75th anniversary of Ebony magazine, E. James West explores Ebony’s political, social,and historical content and the role of its senior editor and in-house historian Lerone Bennett Jr.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.





About Heather Gernenz

University of Illinois Press Publicity Manager