Books Available for Review

New email for book reviews! 

American Studies would like to announce submissions for book reviews in forthcoming issues should be sent to the new Book Review Editor email: asjeditor@ku.edu

Please send all book reviews and submissions for forthcoming issues to asjeditor@ku.edu


The following is a list of books currently available for review. Please see our submission guidelines for more information. Select book reviews accepted for publication in the journal may also be posted on the blog. If you’re interested in reviewing a single book, or several books for a longer review essay, please contact the Book Review Editor at asjeditor@ku.edu.

  • Latinx Art: Artists, Markets, Politics by Arlene Dávila (Duke, 2020)
  • Decarcerating Disability: Deinstitutionalization and Prison Abolition by Liat Ben-Moshe (Minnesota, 2020)
  • The Woman as Slave in Nineteenth-Century American Social Movements by Ana Stevenson (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020)
  • White Fright: The Sexual Panic at the Heart of America’s Racist History By Jane Dailey (Basic Books, 2020)
  • Trans Care by Hil Malatino (Minnesota, 2020)
  • Influx and Efflux: Writing With Walt Whitman by Jane Bennett (Duke, 2020)
  • Afropessimism by Frank Wilderson III (Liveright, 2020)
  • Sounds from the Other Side: Afro–South Asian Collaborations in Black Popular Music by Elliott H. Powell (Minnesota, 2020)
  • The Play in the System: The Art of Parasitical Resistance by Anna Watkins Fisher (Duke, 2020)
  • Soundworks: Race, Sound, and Poetry in Production by Anthony Reed (Duke, 2020)
  • Unseeing Empire: Photography, Representation, South Asian America by Bakirathi Mani (Duke, 2020)
  • Are We the 99%?:The Occupy Movement, Feminism, and Intersectionality by Heather McKee Hurwitz (Temple, 2020)
  • The Mass Production of Memory: Travel and Personal Archiving in the Age of the Kodak by Tammy Gordon (UMass, 2020)
  • White Reconstruction: Domestic Warfare and the Logics of Genocide by Dylan Rodríguez (Fordham, 2020)
  • Transnational Nationalism and Collective Identity among the American Irish by Howard Lune (Temple, 2020)
  • After Silence: A History of AIDS through Its Images by Avram Finkelstein (UC Press, 2020)
  • Threat of Dissent: A History of Ideological Exclusion and Deportation in the United States by Julia Rose Kraut (Harvard, 2020)
  • Blurring the Lines of Race and Freedom: Mulattoes and Mixed Bloods in English Colonial America by A. B. Wilkinson (UNC, 2020)
  • Reencounters On the Korean War and Diasporic Memory Critique by Crystal Mun-hye Baik (Temple, 2020)
  • That Middle World: Race, Performance, and the Politics of Passing by Julia S. Childs (UNC, 2020)
  • Forging Arizona: A History of the Peralta Land Grant and Racial Identity in the West by Anita Huizar-Hernández (Rutgers, 2019)
  • The Meaning of Soul: Black Music and Resilience since the 1960s by Emily J. Lordi (Duke, 2020)
  • Groove Theory: The Blues Foundation of Funk by Tony Bolden (Mississippi, 2020)
  • American Blockbuster: Movies, Technology, and Wonder by Charles R. Acland (Duke, 2020)
  • Sentient Flesh: Thinking in Disorder, Poiesis in Black by R. A. Judy (Duke, 2020)
  • Painted Pomegranates and Needlepoint Rabbis: How Jews Craft Resilience and Create Community by Jodi Eichler-Levine (UNC, 2020)
  • Our History Is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance by Nick Estes (Verso, 2019)
  • Becoming Entitled: Relief, Unemployment, and Reform during the Great Depression by Abigail Trollinger (Temple, 2020)
  • Neighborhood of Fear: The Suburban Crisis in American Culture, 1975-2001 by Kyle Riismandel (John Hopkins, 2020)
  • Black Food Matters: Racial Justice in the Wake of Food Justice by eds. Hanna Garth and Ashanté M. Reese (Minnesota, 2020)
  • Contemporary Art and the Digitization of Everyday Life by Janet Kraynak (California, 2020)
  • Abstract Barrios: The Crises of Latinx Visibility in Cities by Johana Londoño’s (Duke, 2020)
  • Manufacturing Celebrity: Latino Paparazzi and Women Reporters in Hollywood by Vanessa Díaz (Duke, 2020)
  • Vaudeville and the Making of Modern Entertainment, 1890-1925 by David Monod (UNC, 2020)
  • The Sense of Brown by José Esteban Muñoz (Duke, 2020)
  • Traffic in Asian Women by Laura Hyun Yi Kang (Duke, 2020)
  • The Small Book of Hip Checks: On Queer Gender, Race, and Writing by Erica Rand (Duke, 2020)
  • The Death of Things: Ephemera and the American Novel By Sarah Wasserman (Minnesota, 2020)
  • Archiving an Epidemic: Art, AIDS, and the Queer Chicanx Avant-Garde by Robb Hernández (NYU, 2019)
  • Whose Blues? Facing Up to Race and the Future of the Music by Adam Gussow (UNC, 2020)
  • Religious Freedom: The Contested History of an American Ideal by Tisa Wenger (UNC, 2020)
  • Cartographies of Youth Resistance: Hip-Hop, Punk, and Urban Autonomy in Mexico by Maurice Rafael Magaña (UC, 2020)
  • White Balance: How Hollywood Shaped Colorblind Ideology and Undermined Civil Rights by Justin Gomer (UNC, 2020)
  • Republican Jesus: How the Right Has Rewritten the Gospels by Tony Keddie (UC, 2020)
  • God’s Law and Order: The Politics of Punishment in Evangelical America by Aaron Griffith (Harvard, 2020)
  • Radical Black: Theatre in the New Deal by Kate Dossett (UNC, 2020)
  • Veil and Vow Marriage Matters in Contemporary African American Culture by Aneeka Ayanna Henderson (UNC, 2020)
  • Arab Americans in Film: From Hollywood & Egyptian Stereotypes to Self-Representation by Waleed Mahdi (Syracuse, 2020)
  • The Cry of the Senses: Listening to Latinx and Caribbean Poetics by Ren Ellis Neyra (Duke, 2020)
  • Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism by Anne Case and Angus Deaton (Princeton, 2020)
  • Communists and Community Activism in Detroit’s Labor Movement, 1941-1956 by Ryan S. Pettengill (Temple, 2020)
  • The Sinking Middle Class: A Political History by David R. Roediger (Or Books, 2020)
  • An Intimate Economy: Enslaved Women, Work, and America’s Domestic Slave Trade by Alexandra J. Finley (UNC, 2020)
  • Wild Things: The Disorder of Desire by Jack Halberstam (Duke, 2020)
  • Just Us: An American Conversation by Claudia Rankine (Graywolf Press, 2020)
  • Smoke but No Fire: Convicting the Innocent of Crimes that Never Happened by Jessica S. Henry (UC, 2020)
  • Sunbelt Diaspora: Race, Class, and Latino Politics in Puerto Rican Orlando by Patricia Silver (Texas, 2020)
  • Soul in Seoul: African American Popular Music and K-pop by Crystal S. Anderson (Mississippi, 2020)
  • From Slave Cabins to the White House: Homemade Citizenship in African American Culture by Koritha Mitchell (Illinois, 2020)
  • How the Streets Were Made: Housing Segregation and Black Life in America by Yelena Bailey (UNC, 2020)
  • Black Market: The Slave’s Value in National Culture after 1865 by Aaron Carico (UNC, 2020)
  • Infamous Bodies: Early Black Women’s Celebrity and the Afterlives of Rights by Samantha Pinto’s (Duke, 2020)
  • Visualizing Equality:African American Rights and Visual Culture in the Nineteenth Century by Aston Gonzalez (UNC, 2020)

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