We’re pleased to inform you that our distributor, the Chicago Distribution Center (CDC), is reopening Monday, April 13. They have enacted cleaning procedures and physical distancing measures to keep their workplace safe. 

It will take a few days for CDC to catch up with existing print book orders, but order processing and shipping should be back to normal soon. As during the closure, e-book purchases from our website will be immediately filled.

We appreciate your patience and support during this time.

Be well,
University of Illinois Press staff

We’re pleased to announce that Joanna Russ by Gwyneth Jones in our Modern Masters of Science Fiction Series, is a finalist for the 2020 Hugo Awards in the Best Related Work category!

The finalists for the 2020 Hugo Awards, Lodestar Award For Best Young Adult Book, and Astounding Award for Best New Writer were announced by CoNZealand, the 78th World Science Fiction Convention, on the convention’s YouTube Channel on April 8, 2020 (NZST).

Congratulations Gwyneth!

The University of Illinois Press notes with great sadness the passing of Nicholas Temperley on April 8. Professor Temperley published two books with the Press, Bound for America: Three British Composers (2003) and, as coeditor with Stephen Banfield, Music and the Wesleys (2010). He also, as a member of the musicology faculty at UIUC, had important connections with UI Press staff. Margo Chaney assisted with the massive Hymn Tune Index project, originally published by Oxford University Press and now accessible as an online database through the UI Library. He was a founder and champion of the Baroque Artists of Champaign (UI professor Chester Alwes, founding director), providing witty and informative program notes over many years. Beyond Illinois, his critical editions and leadership roles in scholarly societies opened up the fields of nineteenth-century British music and English popular church music, fields he continued to shape throughout his long career. 

But Nicholas Temperley was more than an erudite scholar. He was a dedicated practicing musician. Indeed, speaking personally, though I did work with Nicholas on Music and the Wesleys, my closest collaborations and fondest memories were musical. For many years I have been included in the Temperley Carolers, performing Nicholas’s own carol compositions and arrangements for private house parties, singing first from bound volumes of Nicholas’s handwritten manuscript and more recently out of the published compilation Christmas is Coming (Stainer and Bell, 2009). Margo and I joined the chorus in many a Gilbert and Sullivan production hosted by Nicholas and his wife, Mary, in their home. These were often presented for the North American British Studies Association, with Nicholas as impresario and accompanist. I also had the pleasure of preparing a number of duet programs with Mary Temperley, perhaps most memorably an extended, semi-staged excerpt from John Gay’s Beggars Opera for the Urbana Music Club, with Nicholas in period costume at the keyboard. 

Accomplished scholar-musician; reserved British professor with a keen curiosity and a quiet sense of humor; historian and performer with a passion for music both deep and wide: Nicholas Temperley will be greatly missed.

-Laurie Matheson

We are pleased to announce The Taco Truck: How Mexican Street Food Is Transforming the American City by Robert Lemon has won the American Association of Geographers John Brinckerhoff Jackson Prize.

This award encourages and rewards American geographers who write books about the United States that convey the insights of professional geography in language that is both interesting and attractive to lay readers.

From the award committee:
“In this engaging, clearly written, and well-illustrated book, Lemon also explores some of the controversial urban politics that have surrounded, shaped, and sometimes limited the taco truck’s access to parts of the city. Lemon’s book marks a creative intersection of food geography, ethnic studies, and urban political geography and the result is a readily digestible, yet meaty appreciation for how taco trucks and their informal cuisine have created new, fluid, and mobile places in the cities we live in.

Simply put, Lemon’s appealing exploration of the taco truck—crafted in a wonderfully Jacksonian narrative—demonstrates the author’s success in making these street-side eateries a more legible part of the vernacular urban landscape and in highlighting where millions of Americans meet for lunch.”

Congratulations Robert Lemon!

The University of Illinois Press seeks a dynamic and visionary individual to lead its books acquisitions program. The Editor-in-Chief establishes the editorial vision and sets the overall direction for the books acquisition program. This position directs the editorial agenda and plans the book publishing program to ensure the highest levels of quality and peer review excellence across all subject areas. The editor-in-chief leads and supervises the acquisitions staff, overseeing budgeting, travel, and work of the department. This position also performs all the functions of an acquisitions editor, acquiring a minimum of 25 high quality new manuscripts per year across several fields and representing the Press to other University units and at scholarly conferences and public events. The editor-in-chief serves as a member of the Press management team, participating in planning, budgeting, and strategizing with director and other department heads.

Founded in 1918, the University of Illinois Press publishes approximately 90 books per year and 40 journal titles in the humanities and social sciences. The Press is located in Champaign-Urbana, a comfortable and lively city offering the best of small town living and urban amenities. Champaign-Urbana features a world-class performing arts facility, top tier research library, excellent schools, diverse and affordable living accommodations, an extensive park system, and an award-winning public transportation system. Chicago is easily accessible by Amtrak or car. St. Louis and Indianapolis are also within easy driving distance.

This is a full-time, 12-month Academic Professional position. For full consideration, candidates must apply and submit a letter of application, resume, and names/addresses/phone numbers of three professional references by April 28, 2020 at https://uajobs.hr.uillinois.edu/employment/job-board/details?jobID=130923&job=editor-in-chief

It’s that time of year again! The University of Illinois Press and the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) are pleased to continue the annual competition for the best dissertation or first book manuscript by a single author in the field of women’s and gender studies.

Applicants must be National Women’s Studies Association members. The Press and NWSA seek nonfiction manuscripts that exemplify cutting-edge intersectional feminist scholarship, whether the area of focus is historical or contemporary. The competition is open to scholars from all disciplinary backgrounds, but the sponsoring organizations especially encourage work that speaks effectively across disciplines, and projects that offer new perspectives on concerns central to the field of women’s and gender studies.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Activism
  • Coloniality, postcoloniality, and neo-imperialism
  • Cultural production (media, film, music, literature)
  • Feminist knowledge production
  • Feminist pedagogy
  • Feminist politics
  • Feminist science and environmental studies
  • Feminist theory
  • Gender and disability
  • Gender and globalization
  • Gender and labor practices
  • Gender and militarism
  • Gender and queer sexuality
  • Gender and violence
  • Gendered experiences of people of color
  • Girls studies
  • Global and transnational feminisms
  • Institutions and public policies
  • Intersectionality
  • Theories and practices of coalition
  • Transgender studies
  • Women of color feminists

If a winner of the competition is selected, they will receive a publication contract with the University of Illinois Press. Runners up may also be considered for publication with the University of Illinois Press.

Basic Guidelines

Submitted dissertations must have been completed and defended within the three years prior to submission. All submissions must be timestamped by 11:59pm (central time) on June 1 and should include the following materials via email:

  • Current NWSA individual membership
  • Cover letter (be sure to indicate if any material from the manuscript has been previously published)
  • C.V.
  • Proposal, including a 4-5 page overview of the scope of the project and analysis of competing titles
  • Complete manuscript, at least 150 double spaced pages, 12 pt. Times New Roman font, saved as a PDF
  • Submit materials as attachments to a single email. In the email subject line, include “Last name_Year NWSA/UIP First Book Prize Submission.”

The winner will be announced at NWSA’s annual conference and will receive a $1,000 advance. All submissions must be exclusive submissions to the University of Illinois Press for the duration of the contest.

Please direct all questions and book proposal submissions to:
Dawn Durante
Senior Acquisitions Editor
University of Illinois Press


2019 Winner:

Shamara Wyllie Alhassan

Re-Membering the Maternal Goddess: Rastafari Women’s Intellectual History and Activism in the Pan-African World

2018 Winners:

Wen Liu

Assembling Asian America: Psychological Technologies and Queer Subjectivities

Nishant Upadhyay

Indians on Indian Lands: Intersections of Race, Caste, and Indigeneity

2017 Winner:

Nicosia M. Shakes

Gender, Race and Performance Space: Women’s Activism in Jamaican and South African Theatre

2017 Honorable Mention:

Elizabeth Verklan

Objects of Desire: Feminist Inquiry, Transnational Feminism, and Global Fashion

2016 Winner:

Michele Eggers

Embodying Inequality: The Criminalization of Women for Abortion in Chile

2015 Winner:

Erin L. Durban-Albrecht

Postcolonial Homophobia: United States Imperialism in Haiti and the Transnational Circulation of Antigay Sexual Politics

2014 Winner:

Ethel Tungohan

Migrant Care Worker Activism in Canada: From the Politics of Everyday Resistance to the Politics from Below

2013 Winner:

Christina Holmes

Ecological Borderlands: Body, Nature, and Spirit in Chicana Feminism

2012 Winner:

Sophie Richter-Devroe

Women’s Political Activism in Palestine: Peacebuilding, Resistance, and Survival

2011 Winner:

Erica Lorraine Williams

Sex Tourism in Bahia: Ambiguous Entanglements

The COVID-19 situation presents an unprecedented challenge to students, instructors, and libraries. In response, the University of Illinois Press has opened a wealth of content on multiple platforms to assist study, teaching, and research.

Through June 30, 2020, the Press is providing free access to a wide selection of our journals through JSTOR and Project MUSE. Offerings include key journals in the fields of music, civil rights, ethnic history, Mormon studies, sports, and many other topics.

Our e-books are being made openly available to libraries on two platforms. We have added all backlist e-books to JSTOR’s collection of 37,000 titles from 83 publishers. This enormous scholarly resource is available to JSTOR-participating institutions that formerly did not have access to these titles. Institutions that register with JSTOR can access this collection for free through June 30, 2020. We are also participating in Oxford’s University Press Scholarship Online trial access program.  See Oxford’s COVID-19 resources here.

“In these challenging and changing times we are committed — in concert with many of our peer presses — to making changes in ways that meet the needs of students and scholars,” notes University of Illinois Press director Laurie Matheson. ”Opening this content is one way of helping to make distance learning and teaching easier and more seamless.”

Our aim has been to open up content that makes the biggest impact for our users. If there is a resource you need that hasn’t been included, please reach out. We are here to help.

We’re pleased to announce that Eladio B. Bobadilla has won the Labor and Working-Class History Association’s 2020 Herbert G. Gutman Prize for Outstanding Dissertation for his project “One People without Borders”: The Lost Roots of the Immigrants’ Rights Movement, 1954-2006.” Bobadilla will receive a cash prize of $750 from LAWCHA along with up to $500 in travel expenses to attend the awards ceremony, and a contract to publish in our Working Class in American History Series. The prize committee included Yevette Jordan, Jessica Wilkerson, and James Barrett.

The dissertation prize is named in honor of the late Herbert G. Gutman, a pioneering labor historian and a founder of the Working Class in American History Series. LAWCHA hopes that the spirit of Gutman’s inquiry into the many facets of labor and working-class history will live on through this prize.

Congratulations Eladio! We look forward to publishing your book.

April’s free ebook is here! This time, we’re giving away Pink-Slipped: What Happened to Women in the Silent Film Industries? by Jane M. Gaines:

Women held more positions of power in the silent film industry than at any other time in American motion picture history. Women did it all: acting, producing, screenwriting, stunt work, and much more. So why has modern film history mostly forgotten about these influential women? Gaines explores what might have happened against a backdrop of feminist theory and the limits of historiography.

Find out more about this giveaway here!

The Organization of American Historians Annual Conference may be canceled but you can still shop our virtual book fair! Use Promo Code CONF40 to get 40% off all history books on our website*.

Browse the various books on sale at the links below:

19th Century American History

20th Century American History

21st Century American History

Civil War History

American Colonial History

American Public History

British History

European History

French History

Immigration History

Intellectual History

Military History

State and Local History

World History

*Though our warehouse is closed, we’re still able to fill orders for most books from offsite locations. Books available now will be noted with a double asterisk (**) in the shopping cart. For more information see this post.