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  • Planetary Specters: Race, Migration, and Climate Change in the Twenty-First Century by Neel Ahuja (North Carolina, 2021)
  • Universal Tonality: The Life and Music of William Parker by Cisco Bradley (Duke, 2021)
  • Latino TV: A History by Mary Beltrán (NYU, 2022)
  • White Freedom: The Racial History of an Idea by Tyler Stovall (Princeton, 2021)
  • Intersecting Diasporas: Italian Americans and Allyship in US Fiction by Suzanne Manizza Roszak (SUNY, 2021)
  • Aesthetics of Excess: The Art and Politics of Black and Latina Embodiment by Jillian Hernandez (Duke, 2020)
  • The Education Trap: Schools and the Remaking of Inequality in Boston by Cristina Viviana Groeger (Harvard, 2021)
  • Atlantic Passages: Race, Mobility, and Liberian Colonization by Robert Murray (University Press Of Florida, 2021)
  • Emancipation’s Daughters: Reimagining Black Femininity and the National Body by Riché Richardson (Duke, 2021)
  • The Misunderstood History of Gentrification: People, Planning, Preservation, and Urban Renewal, 1915-2020 by Dennis Gale (Temple, 2021)

  • Empire′s Mistress, Starring Isabel Rosario Cooper by Vernadette Vicuña Gonzalez (Duke, 2021)
  • Cruel as Citizenship: How Migrant Suffering Sustains White Democracy by Cristina Beltrán (University of Minnesota Press, 2021)
  • A True American: William Walcutt, Nativism, and Nineteenth-Century Art by Wendy Jean Katz
  • Epidemic Empire: Colonialism, Contagion, and Terror, 1817-2020 by Raza Kolb (Chicago)
  • Mid-Century Modernism and the American Body.: Race, Gender, and the Politics of Power in Design by Kristina Wilson (Chicago, 2021)

  • God Is Change: Religious Practices and Ideologies in the Works of Octavia Butler edited by Aparajita Nanda and Shelby L. Crosby
  • Counterlife: Slavery after Resistance and Social Death by Christopher Freeburg (Duke 2021)
  • 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)
  • Mexican-American Fastpitch: Identity at Play in Vernacular Sport by Ben Chappell (Stanford, 2021)
  • Trans Care by Hil Malatino (Minnesota, 2020)
  • Influx and Efflux: Writing With Walt Whitman by Jane Bennett (Duke, 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)
  • Another Aesthetics Is Possible: Arts of Rebellion in the Fourth World War by Jennifer Ponce de León (Duke, 2021)

  • Pedagogies of Woundedness: Illness, Memoir, and the Ends of the Model Minority by James Kyung-Jin Lee (Temple, 2021)
  • 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)
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  • Transnational Nationalism and Collective Identity among the American Irish by Howard Lune (Temple, 2020)
  • Brown Trans Figurations: Rethinking Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Chicanx/Latinx Studies by Francisco J. Galarte (Texas, 2021)
  • 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)

  • 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)
  • Reencounters On the Korean War and Diasporic Memory Critique by Crystal Mun-hye Baik (Temple, 2020)

  • Space-Time Colonialism: Alaska’s Indigenous and Asian Entanglements by Juliana Hu Pegues (North Carolina, 2021)
  • 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)
  • Vaudeville and the Making of Modern Entertainment, 1890-1925 by David Monod (UNC, 2020)
  • The Sense of Brown by José Esteban Muñoz (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)

  • Menace to Empire: Anticolonial Solidarities and the Transpacific Origins of the US Security State by Moon-Ho Jung (California, 2022)
  • 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)
  • Unseeing Empire: Photography, Representation, South Asian America by Bakirathi Mani (Duke, 2020)

  • Sampling and Remixing Blackness in Hip-Hop Theater and Performance by Nicole Hodges Persley (Michigan, 2021)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Latina Lives, Latina Narratives: Influential Essays by Vicki L. Ruiz edited by Miroslava Chávez-García (Routledge, 2021)
  • 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 of Debt, Misery, and the Drift to the Right by David R. Roediger (Haymarket, 2022)
  • 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)

  • 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)
  • 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

  • Disaffected: The Cultural Politics of Unfeeling in Nineteenth-Century America by Xine Yao (Duke, 2021)
  • 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)

  • Committed: Remembering Native Kinships in and beyond Institutions by Susan Burch (UNC, 2021)
  • 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)
  • Veil and Vow Marriage Matters in Contemporary African American Culture by Aneeka Ayanna Henderson (UNC, 2020)

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