Heritage and the Existential Need for History

“A rewarding exploration of the strategies we devise to make sense of the past, a sphere that Webster sees as simultaneously behind yet amongst us. In considering scenarios from antiquity to the present, this study reveals the very human desire to acknowledge time itself, and our need to construct ways to stand to it.”—Andrea M. … Continue reading Heritage and the Existential Need for History

Black Women, Citizenship, and the Making of Modern Cuba

“Brunson’s examination of the struggle of minorities against racism and sexism in a republican system claiming racelessness and equality for all is illuminating—and still relevant today, in Cuba and many other societies.”—Aline Helg, author of Slave No More: Self-Liberation before Abolitionism in the Americas “In this comprehensive and much-needed study, Brunson utilizes a wide array of previously … Continue reading Black Women, Citizenship, and the Making of Modern Cuba

Political Thought and the Origins of the American Presidency

“These essays offer a set of revealing insights into the origins of the American presidency, the most novel and unprecedented office that the framers of the Constitution created.”—Jack Rakove, author of Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America“Provides an important and timely contribution to the conception, implementation, and early development of the executive office … Continue reading Political Thought and the Origins of the American Presidency

Rómulo Betancourt

“Rómulo Betancourt is one of those people who made a difference, not only for his native Venezuela but as an exemplar of what might be possible for other nations in their quest for freedom and democracy within a context of economic prosperity and socioeconomic well-being.”—from the foreword by John V. Lombardi  “A book twice essential: … Continue reading Rómulo Betancourt

Afro-Latinx Digital Connections

“An important compilation of original essays and interviews on the Afro-digital—its meaning, its manifestations, its limits, and its impact on digital humanities. A significant contribution to the fields of digital humanities, Afro-Latinx studies, and ethnic studies.”—Jessica Marie Johnson, author of Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Intimacy, and Freedom in the Atlantic WorldThis volume presents examples of how … Continue reading Afro-Latinx Digital Connections

Cuba’s Digital Revolution

“An important contribution to the study of the Cuban media landscape. Cuba’s Digital Revolution examines changes brought about by recent expansion of Wi-Fi access points through attention to how independent journalism, media distribution, activism, entrepreneurship, and media culture are developing alongside local and global technological and political changes.”—Cristina Venegas, author of Digital Dilemmas: The State, the Individual, and … Continue reading Cuba’s Digital Revolution

Falls of the Ohio River

“Synthesizes a considerable body of archaeological research and will serve as a significant benchmark for future researchers.”—Mark Seeman, editor of Cultural Variability in Context: Woodland Settlements of the Mid-Ohio Valley “An essential volume for anyone who follows Ohio Valley archaeology. An excellent compendium of state-of-the-art knowledge.”—Brian M. Butler, emeritus faculty, Southern Illinois University Falls of the … Continue reading Falls of the Ohio River

The Archaeology of Island Colonization

“A masterful exploration of the archaeological signature of humans on islands and island groups around the world. An essential volume. It will be of interest to island, coastal, and maritime archaeologists and will be useful for those interested in the development of traditional watercraft technologies and what they mean for human exploration.”—Kristina M. Gill, coeditor … Continue reading The Archaeology of Island Colonization

Situated Narratives and Sacred Dance

“As is fitting for its subject, this work is a blend of forms, inputs, voices, and visions.  Collectively they reveal the complexity of the study and practice of ‘Afro-Cuban’ religion. They constitute an authoritative, potentially discipline-altering, stance on the question of African origins embodied in the presumed distinction between the Lucumí and Arará traditions. The … Continue reading Situated Narratives and Sacred Dance

Todd Bolender, Janet Reed, and the Making of American Ballet

Read an excerpt from this book in Oregon ArtsWatch. “An engagingly written account of dancers who surmounted every obstacle, foreign and domestic, to help bring about the creation of American ballet. It is also a fascinating, detailed look at the way cultural institutions evolved through the dedication and artistry of star dancers.”—Lewis Segal, former dance … Continue reading Todd Bolender, Janet Reed, and the Making of American Ballet