Stephen DysonOtherworldly Politics: The International Relations of Star Trek, Game of Thrones, and Battlestar Galactica

December 29, 2015

Stephen Dyson is the author of Otherworldly Politics: The International Relations of Star Trek, Game of Thrones, and Battlestar Galactica (Johns Hopkins University Press 2015). Dyson is associate professor of political science at the University of Connecticut. Is Tyrian Lannister a realist or a liberal? What would Mr. Spock have to say about rational choice […]

Read the full article →

Chris WellsThe Civic Organization and The Digital Citizen: Communicating Engagement in the Networked Age

December 28, 2015

How has the digital revolution changed communication? In The Civic Organization and The Digital Citizen: Communicating Engagement in the Networked Age (Oxford University Press 2015), Chris Wells examines the ways that organizations have negotiated the changing communications landscape, sometimes failing to fully understand the expectations of younger people. Wells is an assistant professor in the […]

Read the full article →

John CaseyThe Nonprofit World: Civil Society and the Rise of the Nonprofit Sector

December 21, 2015

The nonprofit sector is growing, not just in the United States, but globally. In The Nonprofit World: Civil Society and the Rise of the Nonprofit Sector (Kumarian Press, 2015), John Casey demonstrates the extent to which nonprofits, what are sometimes called civil society organizations, charities, or community groups, participate in all sectors of the economy in […]

Read the full article →

Guntis SmidchensThe Power of Song: Nonviolent National Culture in the Baltic Singing Revolution

December 18, 2015

In the late 1980s, the Baltic Soviet Social Republics seemed to explode into song as Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian national movements challenged Soviet rule. The leaders of each of these movements espoused nonviolent principles, but the capacity for violence was always there – especially as Soviet authorities engaged in violent repression. In The Power of Song: […]

Read the full article →

Neil RobertsFreedom as Marronage

December 18, 2015

What does it mean to be free?  How can paying attention to the relationship between freedom and slavery help construct a concept and practice of freedom that is "perpetual, unfinished, and rooted in acts of flight" (181)? In his book Freedom as Marronage (University of Chicago Press, 2015), Neil Roberts (Africana Studies, Religion, and Political Science, […]

Read the full article →

Alice J. KangBargaining for Women’s Rights: Activism in an Aspiring Muslim Democracy

December 16, 2015

Alice J. Kang has written Bargaining for Women's Rights: Activism in an Aspiring Muslim Democracy (University of Minnesota Press, 2015). Kang is assistant professor of political science and ethnic studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Much attention is paid to Muslim-majority countries across the Middle East, especially the contentious role of women's rights in those […]

Read the full article →

Mark A. SmithSecular Faith: How Culture Has Trumped Religion in American Politics

December 7, 2015

Mark A. Smith is the author of Secular Faith: Culture Has Trumped Religion in American Politics (University of Chicago Press, 2015). Smith is professor of political science at the University of Washington. The provocative central thesis of this book is that religion is not the unchanging institution of tradition we might sometimes think. Smith argues that religion […]

Read the full article →

Jason W. Moore Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital

December 3, 2015

In Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital (Verso, 2015), author Jason W. Moore seeks to undermine popular understandings of the relationship among society, environment, and capitalism. Rather, than seeing society and environment as acting on an external, nonhuman nature, Moore wants us to recognize capitalism-in-nature. For Moore, seeing society […]

Read the full article →

Eli ZaretskyPolitical Freud: A History

December 2, 2015

Back in the early 70s, Eli Zaretsky wrote for a socialist newspaper and was engaged to review a recently released book, Psychoanalysis and Feminism by Juliet Mitchell. First, he decided, he'd better read some Freud. This started a life-long engagement with psychoanalysis and leftist politics, and his new book Political Freud: A History (Columbia University […]

Read the full article →

Raymond La Raja and Brian SchaffnerCampaign Finance and Political Polarization: When Purists Prevail

November 29, 2015

For much of the last 50 years, there has been a consensus that restrictions on political money would improve politics and government. Federal and state campaign finance reforms aimed to do just that. In their recent book Campaign Finance and Political Polarization: When Purists Prevail (University of Michigan Press, 2015), Raymond La Raja and Brian Schaffner […]

Read the full article →