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What to Read for Leap Year

Every four years, something special happens at the end of February: because the Earth’s orbit around the Sun is not a perfect 365 days, but instead roughly 365 and one quarter, an extra day appears on our calendars to help the cosmological books balance. And speaking of cosmological books, if

Read an Excerpt from “The Policing Machine” by Tony Cheng

In his new book, The Policing Machine, Tony Cheng shares a revelatory look at how the New York Police Department has resisted change through strategic and selective community engagement. Cheng spent nearly two years in an unprecedented effort to understand the who and how of police-community relationship building in New

In Celebration of “The Hidden Game of Football”

When Kansas City and San Francisco take the field for Super Bowl LVIII, they will play a in a competition that has been revolutionized by data analytics. With play sheets informed by advanced statistical analysis, today’s coaches pass more, kick less, and go for more two-point or fourth-down conversions than

Black Voices in Poetry & Literature

In recognition of Black History Month, we’ve curated a reading list spotlighting the rich voices of black poets and authors. These works delve into themes such as societal discord, heartbreak, family, love, survival, resistance, and grief. Navigating shape-shifting landscapes and haunted memories, the poems introduce us to resilient individuals confronting

A Black History Month Reading List

To honor Black History Month, we have assembled a collection of works highlighting the lives of Black individuals and the history of African American communities across centuries of struggle and achievement. These books unpack racial biases; explore the persistence of barriers facing Black Americans; rediscover forgotten leaders and movements central

A Reading List for Hug An Economist Day

It’s that time of year yet again. The skies are grey, the sidewalks are dusted with snow, and the biting winter wind slices through each clothing layer like butter. Naturally, we all know these to be signs of everyone’s favorite end-of-January holiday: Hug An Economist Day! Each January 31st, the

Brighten Your Winter Day with Images from “Botanical Icons”

In his new book, Botanical Icons: Critical Practices of Illustration in the Premodern Mediterranean, Andrew Griebeler traces the history of botanical illustration in the Mediterranean from antiquity to the early modern period. By examining Greek, Latin, and Arabic botanical inquiry in this early era, Griebeler shows how diverse and sophisticated

Brighten Your Winter Day with Images from “Botanical Icons”

In his new book, Botanical Icons: Critical Practices of Illustration in the Premodern Mediterranean, Andrew Griebeler traces the history of botanical illustration in the Mediterranean from antiquity to the early modern period. By examining Greek, Latin, and Arabic botanical inquiry in this early era, Griebeler shows how diverse and sophisticated

Read an Excerpt from “The God Behind the Marble” by Alice Goff

In her new book, The God Behind the Marble, Alice Goff relates a history of Germans’ attempts to transform society through art in an age of revolution. Considering art as an instrument of ideology that could act as a beacon of freedom, she follows a variety of art objects through

A Theological Trolley Problem, A Guest Post from Ryan Darr

In The Best Effect, Ryan Darr describes the theological origins of consequentialism—the notion that we can morally judge an action by its effects alone. In this adaption from the book’s introduction, Ryan explores why we are so fascinated by (and may need to reconsider!) consequentialist ethics today. The moral puzzles

What to Read for Winter

Winter is the perfect time to curl up beneath a blanket with a good book, and this December, we’ve gathered not one, not two, but thirty-one wintry reads for you—one for each day of the month! From the newly released Journeys with Emperors, a fascinating look at decades of research

Five Questions with Lindsay Schakenbach Regele, author of “Flowers, Guns, and Money: Joel Roberts Poinsett and the Paradoxes of American Patriotism”

“The Christmas flower,” the poinsettia, has become a ubiquitous symbol of the holidays, but its origins in this country do not evoke the joy and goodwill of the season. Joel Roberts Poinsett, a South Carolina investor, enslaver, ambitious congressman, and the US ambassador to Mexico in the 1820s, appropriated the

Sample Some Poems from Rachel DeWoskin’s “Absolute Animal”

With the rush of the holiday season coming up, we invite you to take a moment to pause and spend time with poetry. Rachel DeWoskin’s second poetry collection, absolute animal, navigates chaos and uncertainty, searching for the boundaries between human and animal behavior. Through these poems, DeWoskin considers questions about

Five Questions with E. Summerson Carr, author of “Working the Difference: Science, Spirit, and the Spread of Motivational Interviewing”

In the abstract, trust in both “expertise” and “the science” has been touted as panaceas to our ongoing crisis of misinformation and outright lies, but how exactly does a particular social scientific practice or form of thought gain widespread recognition as “expertise” to begin with?  In Working the Difference, E.

Five Questions with Laura Mamo, Author of “Sexualizing Cancer”

In honor of University Press Week, November 13 through 17, 2023, university presses around the globe are celebrating and sharing the incredible impact that the work of this global community of university presses has on every one of us. This year’s theme is #SpeakUP, which provides an opportunity for presses

Holiday Gift Guide 2023

To celebrate the coming holiday, we’ve assembled a reading list where everyone can find the perfect gift. Our curated holiday gift guide is here to help you inform, inspire, educate, and amaze your loved ones this season. You can find here some of our best books, from history to culinary,

Read an Excerpt from “Deep Water” by Riley Black

What lies beneath the surface of the ocean has mystified humankind for millennia. Today, we have explored more of the surface of the Moon than we have the deep sea. What thrives in these mysterious depths, how did these life-forms evolve from ancient life, and how has this environment changed