Category: Publications

New Book: “Queer Freedom : Black Sovereignty” by Ana-Maurine Lara

Queer Freedom : Black Sovereignty, by Ana-Maurine Lara (SUNY Press, Afro-Latinx Futures Series, 2020, 200 pages). “Theoretically wide-ranging and deeply personal and poetic, Queer Freedom : Black Sovereignty is based on more than three years of fieldwork in the Dominican Republic. Ana-Maurine Lara draws on her engagement in traditional ceremonies, observations of national Catholic celebrations, […]

New Book: “Streetwalking” by Ana-Maurine Lara

Streetwalking: LGBTQ Lives and Protest in the Dominican Republic, by Ana-Maurine Lara (Rutgers University Press, 2020, 258 pages). This book “is an exploration of the ways that lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer persons exercise power in a Catholic Hispanic heteropatriarchal nation-state, namely the Dominican Republic. Lara presents the specific strategies employed by LGBTQ community leaders […]

New Book: “Beauty Diplomacy” by Kemi Balogun

Beauty Diplomacy: Embodying an Emerging Nation, by Oluwakemi M. Balogun (Stanford University Press, Globalization in Everyday Life Series, 2020, 304 pages). “Even as beauty pageants have been critiqued as misogynistic and dated cultural vestiges of the past in the US and elsewhere, the pageant industry is growing in popularity across the Global South, and Nigeria […]

New Book: “Countering Violent Extremism in Pakistan” by Anita Weiss

Countering Violent Extremism in Pakistan: Local Actions, Local Voices, by Anita M. Weiss (Oxford University Press, 2020). “This book identifies and analyzes the impact of the various ways in which local people are responding, taking stands, recapturing their culture, and saying ‘stop’ to the violent extremism that has manifested over the past decade (even longer) […]

New Book: “Earth Matters on Stage” by Theresa May

Earth Matters on Stage: Ecology and Environment in American Theater, by Theresa May (Routledge, 2020, 344 pages). The book “tells the story of how American theater has shaped popular understandings of the environment throughout the 20th century as it argues for theater’s potential power in the age of climate change. Using cultural and environmental history, […]

New Book: “Gaming Sexism” by Amanda Cote

Gaming Sexism: Gender and Identity in the Era of Casual Video Games, by Amanda Cote, (NYU Press, 2020, 274 pages). “When the Nintendo Wii was released in 2006, it ushered forward a new era of casual gaming in which video games appealed to not just the stereotypical hardcore male gamer, but also to a much […]