EveSolbergS18n the discerning reader may not associate an academic press with sports. But what occurs in a sports venue—whether stadium or gym, track or sandlot—contests far more than results on a scoreboard. Race. Gender. Money. Politics. Power. Triumph. Tragedy. Each plays a part no matter what the game and no matter when it happened. The University of Illinois Press’s award-winning list of books explores these matters to offer a deep, thoughtful perspective on all things sports.

Winton U. Solberg’s Creating the Big Ten revisits the first fifty years of the storied college sports gigaconference to show how a loose alliance of schools became today’s billion-dollar behemoth—and taught the rest of the NCAA how to do the same.

In Walter CamTamteS18p and the Creation of American Football, Roger R. Tamte focuses on the figure most responsible for transforming the incomprehensible scrum of rugby into America’s Real Game.

Jesse Berrett’s Pigskin Nation deciphers how our politics adopted the language and tools of the National Football League to present candidates, ideas, and myths in irresistibly potent ways. Finally, the Journal of Sport History brings it with articles that range from Josephine Rathbone’s introduction of yoga to America’s physical education classes to the lost story of Earle E. Liederman, the mail-order strongman who mentored Charles Atlas.





And just to be clear: we can handle the fun stuff, too. Mike Pearson’s Illini Legends, Lists, and Lore puts 130-plus years of University of Illinois sports facts at your fingertips while Steven Gietschier and a roster of experts provide the greatest Replays, Rivalries, and Rumbles.  And this Fall, we’ll be publishing a global history of hockey!

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Are you headed to the 2018 Organization of American Historians conference in Sacramento? We are! Stop by our booth during the OAH Opening Reception Thursday, April 12, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. to meet our authors and editors, and sign up for our iPad giveaway!

Here are 6 books to look out for at #OAH18




Before Rosa Parks and the March on Washington, four African American women risked their careers and freedom to defy the United States Army over segregation. Women Army Corps (WAC) privates Mary Green, Anna Morrison, Johnnie Murphy, and Alice Young enlisted to serve their country, improve their lives, and claim the privileges of citizenship long denied them. Promised a chance at training and skilled positions, they saw white WACs assigned to those better jobs and found themselves relegated to work as orderlies. In 1945, their strike alongside fifty other WACs captured the nation’s attention and ignited passionate debates on racism, women in the military, and patriotism. Sandra M. Bolzenius presents the powerful story of their persistence and the public uproar that ensued.



9780252082825A permanent political class has emerged on a scale unprecedented in our nation’s history. Its self-dealing, nepotism, and corruption contribute to rising inequality. Its reach extends from the governing elite throughout nongovernmental institutions. Aside from constituting an oligarchy of prestige and power, it enables the creation of an aristocracy of massive inherited wealth that is accumulating immense political power. In a muckraking tour de force reminiscent of Lincoln Steffens, Upton Sinclair, and C. Wright Mills, Ron Formisano demonstrates the way the corrupt culture of the permanent political class extends down to the state and local level.



Graham A9780252041365. Peck meticulously traces the conflict over slavery in Illinois from the Northwest Ordinance in 1787 to Lincoln’s defeat of his archrival Stephen A. Douglas in the 1860 election. Douglas’s attempt in 1854 to persuade Northerners that slavery and freedom had equal national standing stirred a political earthquake that brought Lincoln to the White House. Yet Lincoln’s framing of the antislavery movement as a conservative return to the country’s founding principles masked what was in fact a radical and unprecedented antislavery nationalism. It justified slavery’s destruction but triggered the Civil War.



Louis MooMooreF17re draws on the life stories of African American fighters active from 1880 to 1915 to explore working-class black manhood. As he details, boxers bought into American ideas about masculinity and free enterprise to prove their equality while using their bodies to become self-made men. The African American middle class, meanwhile, grappled with an expression of public black maleness they saw related to disreputable leisure rather than respectable labor. Moore shows how each fighter conformed to middle-class ideas of masculinity based on his own judgment of what culture would accept. 



Sarah M. GGriffithS18riffith draws on the experiences of liberal Protestants, and the Young Men’s Christian Association in particular, to reveal the intellectual, social, and political forces that powered this movement. Engaging a wealth of unexplored primary and secondary sources, Griffith explores how YMCA leaders and their partners in the academy and distinct Asian American communities labored to mitigate racism. The alliance’s early work, based in mainstream ideas of assimilation and integration, ran aground on the Japanese exclusion law of 1924. 




Beyond RespectCooperS17ability charts the development of African American women as public intellectuals and the evolution of their thought from the end of the 1800s through the Black Power era of the 1970s.  Brittney C. Cooper delves into the processes that transformed these women and others into racial leadership figures, including long-overdue discussions of their theoretical output and personal experiences. As Cooper shows, their body of work critically reshaped our understandings of race and gender discourse. Cooper’s work, meanwhile, confronts entrenched ideas of how–and who–produced racial knowledge.



Joseph Vogel is an assistant professor of English at Merrimack College. He is the author of Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson. He recently answered some questions about his new book, James Baldwin and the 1980s: Witnessing the Reagan Era.


Q: Over the course of his career James Baldwin became increasingly attuned to popular culture. How was this engagement reflected in his writing?

He just became much more interested and invested in pop culture in his work – to the point, for example, that he dedicated an entire book, The Devil Finds Work, to grappling with movies. We see constant references to popular artists, from Ray Charles to Stevie Wonder to Michael Jackson. Particularly as black culture became increasingly mainstream – and as his own celebrity grew –he was deeply concerned with how representation functioned – and what these representations and narratives revealed about us as a nation.

Q: What was the significance of Baldwin’s multimedia project, Nothing Personal?

Well, for me, it seems to represent a turning point where you see Baldwin experimenting with different forms. It wasn’t a traditional literary form – like a novel or collection of stories or essays. It was multi-media: evocative photos by legendary photographer Richard Avedon and a four-part essay that, to me, represents some of Baldwin’s most thoughtful work. So, it represents a different experience for the reader with both the text and the visuals, and how they interact with each other.

Q:  What impact did cinema have on Baldwin’s life and writing?

Baldwin loved movies. He was absolutely mesmerized by the magic of the screen. But he was also among the most searing critics of Hollywood. I think because he realized how powerful it was as a medium, he couldn’t help but be disappointed about what so many of its stories and representations suggested about race and gender and America’s many blind spots and delusions.

Q:  In what ways did Baldwin see the 1980s as a crossroads for people of color?

I think he sensed a certain splintering: where, on the one hand, you had unprecedented breakthroughs and triumphs, but on the other hand, there was a large portion of black America that was worse off than it was in the 60s. When he wrote about Atlanta in the early 80s, that was his focus: the darker version of Reagan’s America, where many inner-cities were dealing with unprecedented poverty, violence, and despair.

Q: How does Baldwin’s work in the 1980s resonate with our current cultural and political situation?

He speaks to our times in so many ways, which is why he’s emerged as such a powerful influence and inspiration for this generation, including the Black Lives Matter movement. We also shouldn’t forget that Donald Trump first rose to fame in the 80s, and embodies so much of what Baldwin was critiquing in that decade – its excesses and greed, its demonization of the other, its manipulation of white insecurity, its obsession with spectacle. And, of course, the backlash to progress – the attempted return to some previous golden era, which is implicit in Trump’s slogan, “Make America Great Again” (which was stolen, incidentally, from Reagan). Reading Baldwin in the 80s, in many ways, is like reading a prophecy about our times.


kincaidIt’s a great day for science fiction at the University of Illinois Press. We’re pleased to announce that Iain M. Banks by Paul Kincaid has been nominated for the 2018 Hugo Awards in the Best-Related Work category!

The Hugo Awards are one of speculative fiction’s most prestigious prizes. Named for Amazing Stories editor Hugo Gernsback and first handed out in 1953, they recognize the best works in science fiction and fantasy literature each year. The awards are overseen by the World Science Fiction Society and are selected by members of the World Science Fiction Convention (known as Worldcon). 

This year’s awards will be presented at WorldCon 76, which will be held in San Jose, California between August 16th and 20th.

And in more good news, Iain M. Banks  has also been awarded the British Science Fiction Association award for Best Non-Fiction!

Congratulations Paul Kincaid!


Are you headed to the 2018 Association for Asian American Studies conference in San Francisco? We are! Here is a preview of new books in The Asian American Experience series to look out for at AAAS.

Here are 5 books to look out for at #AAAS2018

Becoming Refugee American: The Politics of Rescue in Little Saigon


In this original book, Phuong Tran Nguyen examines the phenomenon of refugee nationalism among Vietnamese Americans in Southern California. His analysis moves beyond the familiar rescue narrative to chart the intimate yet contentious relationship these Vietnamese Americans have with their adopted homeland.






The Work of Mothering: Globalization and the Filipino Diaspora

SuarezF17Harrod J. Suarez details the ways literature and cinema play critical roles in encountering, addressing, and problematizing what we think we know about overseas Filipina workers. The result is a series of readings that develop new ways of thinking through diasporic maternal labor that engages with the sociological imaginary.






Discriminating Sex: White Leisure and the Making of the American “Oriental”


Amy Sueyoshi draws on everything from newspapers to felony case files to oral histories in order to examine how whites’ pursuit of gender and sexual fulfillment gave rise to racial caricatures. She bridges feminist, queer, and ethnic studies to show how the white quest to forge new frontiers in gender and sexual freedom reinforced—and spawned—racial inequality through the ever evolving Oriental.





Muncie, India(na): Middletown and Asian America

gupta-carlson S18A daughter in one of Muncie’s first Indian American families, Himanee Gupta-Carlson puts forth an essential question: what do nonwhites, non-Christians, and/or non-natives mean when they call themselves American? Her stories of members of Muncie’s South Asian communities unearth the silences imposed by past studies while challenging the body of scholarship in fundamental ways.






The Labor of Care: Filipina Migrants and Transnational Families in the Digital Age

FranciscoMenchavezS18Drawing on interviews and up-close collaboration with a group of working migrant mothers, Valerie Francisco-Menchavez looks at the sacrifices, emotional and material consequences, and recasting of roles that emerge from family separation. What emerges is a fascinating portrait of today’s transnational family—sundered, yet inexorably linked over the distances by timeless emotions and new forms of intimacy.





In celebration ofUIP 100 our 100th anniversary, the University of Illinois Press, in collaboration the University of Illinois Archives Sesquicentennial Speakers Series, presented a panel titled, “UIUC Scholarship and the University of Illinois Press: A Century of Partnerships on Campus. Featured speakers include Julie Laut, PhD, University of Illinois Press; Charles D. Wright, Professor of English and Medieval Studies, Former Editor of JEGP; Antony Augoustakis, Professor and Head of Classics, Former Editor of Illinois Classical Studies; and Laura Hetrick, Assistant Professor of Art Education, Co-Editor of Visual Arts Research. 


Logo-circleonly-blackThe University of Illinois Press is pleased to announce the new series Introductions to Mormon Thought. Dawn Durante, a senior acquisitions editor at the University of Illinois Press, will be the acquiring editor and Matthew Bowman and Joseph M. Spencer will serve as series editors. 

This series offers short reassessments (40,000–45,000 words) of leading figures in the development of Latter-day Saint thought and culture, synthesizing and systematizing their contributions and influence. It is a project that grows out of the blossoming of Mormon academic studies in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century that attempts to draw together work done on Mormonism as well as to forge new scholarly directions. Therefore, series editors are interested not only in work on recognized figures, but also in projects that press at the boundaries of who has traditionally been considered a Mormon intellectual and what has traditionally been considered “Mormon thought,” including ex- and schismatic Mormons, Mormons in underrepresented groups, and others not often included in the magisterial tradition of Mormon theology. The series thus offers an expansive definition of what might be considered “Mormon thought” and seeks to demonstrate how that form of Mormonism has interacted both with the world and itself.


All submission inquiries should be directed to:

Dawn Durante

Senior Acquisitions Editor

University of Illinois Press



Matthew Bowman

Department of History

Henderson State University

Arkadelphia, AR 71999



Joseph M. Spencer

Department of Ancient Scripture

Brigham Young University

Provo, UT 84602


Little free library 2In honor of Women’s History Month, UIP will be releasing weekly reading lists with some of our favorite women’s history books. We are joining the call to #PressforProgress for gender equality, and we will be updating our Little Free Library, located in the union, weekly! Find out which books will be available by tuning into our blog every week and stop to get a copy of your of your favorite book while you still can!


Our final list is…



Here’s 4 more books to add to your #PressforProgress reading list!

Watching Women’s Liberation, 1970: Feminism’s Pivotal Year on the Network News


Bonnie J. Dow uses case studies of key media events to delve into the ways national TV news mediated the emergence of feminism’s second wave. Groundbreaking and packed with detail, Watching Women’s Liberation, 1970 shows how feminism went mainstream–and what it gained and lost on the way.

Octavia E. Butler







Gerry Canavan offers a critical and holistic consideration of Butler’s career. Drawing on Butler’s personal papers, Canavan tracks the false starts, abandoned drafts, tireless rewrites, and real-life obstacles that fed Butler’s frustrations and launched her triumphs.

Agnès Varda








Film historian Kelley Conway traces the works of one of the world’s most exuberant and intriguing directors, Agnès Varda, from her 1954 debut La Pointe Courte through a varied career that includes nonfiction and fiction shorts and features, installation art, and the triumphant 2008 documentary The Beaches of Agnès.

Germaine Dulac: A Cinema of Sensations







Tami Williams makes unprecedented use of the filmmaker’s personal papers, production files, and archival film prints to produce the first full-length historical study and critical biography of the trailblazing filmmaker and feminist. Williams’s analysis explores the artistic and sociopolitical currents that shaped Dulac’s approach to cinema while interrogating the ground breaking techniques and strategies she used to critique conservative notions of gender and sexuality.

From its estFirst_logoablishment in 1918 until well into the 1940s, the University of Illinois Press printed very few bound books each year. And by very few, we mean around seven. This number didn’t grow much over the years. By 1949 the press output was closer to twenty-two, a three-fold increase, but still not a very large number. A majority of these publications were printed at the campus print shop, though more specialized volumes were contracted out to other publishing companies. The campus Print Shop connected with the University of Illinois Press, however, was kept very busy  printing close to 2,000 jobs a year for various campus units and events.

UIP_logo_smAt this point in the Press’s history, it had neither marketing nor art direction for book publications. There were proofreaders, typesetting machine operators, monotype operators, compositors, and bindery workers. It was in the early 1940s that the Press was motivated to start making changes. A 1941 report to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees argued for expanding the Press’s mandate and capabilities. A research trip later that year led to a host of changes, but it wasn’t until Wilbur Schramm took over in 1947 that UIP really started to look like the Press we know today.

Third LogoThe next two years were pivotal for the look of the Press. First, it instituted peer review procedures. Second, and that same year, UIP printed its first seasonal catalog, changing forever the look it showed to the outside world. Twenty three new books and one journal were in that catalog, which featured an line print of the Illini Union steeple on the cover, but no other images.

The thir4th logod important event took place the following year, in 1949, when Schramm hired Ralph Eckerstrom as UIP’s first art director. Eckerstrom’s design of David Broder’s I Did Not Interview the Dead that put that book in the top fifty books noted by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). That achievement was a first for UIP, but we would better that feat two years later when Life in a Mexican Village by Oscar Lewis and Bibliography in an Age of Science by Louis N. Ridenour would make the list. They were also selected by the Art Director’s Club of Chicago for that group’s annual show, and the Lewis cover would go on to be selected for a merit award.


Marketing was busy with more than just catalogs. The UIP newsletter to faculty, “Book News,” from January 1951 notes that UIP books were going to academic conferences as well. Though the number of books was much smaller than today, the calendar was pretty full. The newsletter notes that UIP books were exhibited at over twenty titles at nineteen conferences.

Over the years, the Press added more art and marketing support. Then, at the beginning of March 1971, the University of Illinois Press was split into UIP and Campus Publications (now called Document Services), a structure that applies today.



Currently, the Editorial, Design, and Production manager is Jennifer Comeau, who has a team of nine people working with her, including art director Dustin Hubbart. Marketing is led by Michael Roux, who works with seven other marketing team members, and one of those is our exhibits manager, Margo Chaney. The University of Illinois Press regularly places books in the Association of University Presses Book, Jacket,  and Journal Show, and we take far more than nineteen books to dozens of professional conferences each year.

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IllinoiCiceroS18s became a state on December 3, 1818. One hundred years later, the University of Illinois Press opened its doors. The Press’s debut book, on Abraham Lincoln, marked the beginning of a remarkable union between the Prairie State and its premier scholarly publisher. In the hundred years since, the two have formed a double helix of intellectual inquiry dedicated to understanding our past and illuminating our present.


That commitment maintains with new books like Frank Cicero Jr.’s Creating the Land BaezS18of Lincoln, a history of how three state constitutions helped create modern Illinois, and Ian Rocksborough-Smith’s Black Public History in Chicago, the untold story of an alliance of African American activists, educators, and organizations fighting for civil rights. UIP’s roster of journals bring short-form scholarship to our continuing mission via publications like the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Soceity  and, to say nothing of collections like the Illinois History Reader, our forthcoming primer for exploring some lesser-known corners of the past.


And the present? Jillian M. Baez’s In Search of HaddixF17Belonging introduces us to Latinas making sense of media and their lives in a changing Midwest. Larry Bennett, Roberta Garner, and Euan Hague’s Neoliberal Chicago shows us what became of the Windy City and how it got that  way, while Carol Mighton Haddix, Bruce Kraig, and Colleen Taylor Sen’s Chicago Food Encyclopedia serves up all you need to know about the City That Eats.


The fuBilesS18ture is also secure with an upcoming biography of Harold Washington and a history of the women’s-led digital arts revolution, while series like Latinos in Chicago and the Midwest and Heartland Foodways promise to expand what we know—and need to know—about the Prairie State’s diversity and dynamism.







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