Publications

Our publications gallery features published books by Simpson Center-affiliated scholars who received Simpson Center support for the research and writing of their work. If you have a Simpson Center-supported, published book that you would like to include in our gallery, please email the Communications Manager at cgrimmer@uw.edu.
Cover of the book The Afterlife of Empire, by Jordanna Bailkin
Jordanna Bailkin (History)
The Afterlife of Empire
The Afterlife of Empire
Jordanna Bailkin (History)
The Afterlife of Empire is an award-winning investigation on how decolonization transformed British society in the 1950s and 1960s. Although usually charted through its diplomatic details, the collapse of the British empire was also a deeply personal process that altered everyday life, restructuring routines, individual relationships, and social interactions. The book traces a set of diverse yet interrelated and richly compelling stories: West Indian migrants repatriated for mental illness, young...
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Juliet Shields (English)
Scottish Women's Writing in the Long Nineteenth Century: The Romance of Everyday Life
Scottish Women's Writing in the Long Nineteenth Century: The Romance of Everyday Life
Juliet Shields (English)
Walter Scott's tales of chivalry and adventure inaugurated a masculinized Scottish romance tradition that celebrated a sublime and heroic version of Scotland. Nineteenth-century Scotswomen responded to Scott's influence by establishing a counter-tradition of unromantic or even anti-romantic representations of Scotland. Their novels challenged the long-standing claim that Scotland lacked any equivalent to the English realist novel. In turning from the past to the present and from the sublimity of Scott's...
Composite image of a boat, buildings, sea creatures, and the ocean in a post-apocalyptic scene.
Monika Kaup (English)
New Ecological Realisms: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction and Contemporary Theory
New Ecological Realisms: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction and Contemporary Theory
Monika Kaup (English)
What is the singular reality of humanistic objects of study? By pairing post-apocalyptic novels by Margaret Atwood, José Saramago, Octavia Butler and Cormac McCarthy with new realist theories, Monika Kaup shows that, just as new realist theory can illuminate post-apocalyptic literature, post-apocalyptic literature also embeds new theories of the real. Kaup showcases a context-based concept of the real, arguing that new realisms of complex and embedded wholes, actor-networks and ecologies...
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Catherine M. Cole (English and Dance)
Performance and the Afterlives of Injustice
Performance and the Afterlives of Injustice
Catherine M. Cole (English and Dance)
In the aftermath of state-perpetrated injustice, a façade of peace can suddenly give way, and in South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo, post-apartheid and postcolonial framings of change have exceeded their limits. Performance and the Afterlives of Injustice reveals how the voices and visions of artists can help us see what otherwise evades perception. Embodied performance in South Africa has particular potency because apartheid was so centrally focused...
Photograph of a person holding a machete in the air while standing behind a fallen log.
Megan Ybarra (Geography)
Green Wars: Conservation and Decolonization in the Maya Forest
Green Wars: Conservation and Decolonization in the Maya Forest
Megan Ybarra (Geography)
Global conservation efforts are celebrated for saving Guatemala’s Maya Forest. This book reveals that the process of protecting lands has been one of racialized dispossession for the Indigenous peoples who live there. Through careful ethnography and archival research, Megan Ybarra shows how conservation efforts have turned Q’eqchi’ Mayas into immigrants on their own land, and how this is part of a larger national effort to make Indigenous peoples into neoliberal...
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Olivia Noble Gunn (Scandinavian Studies)
Empty Nurseries, Queer Occupants: Reproduction and the Future in Ibsen's Late Plays
Empty Nurseries, Queer Occupants: Reproduction and the Future in Ibsen's Late Plays
Olivia Noble Gunn (Scandinavian Studies)
Who is the proper occupant of the nursery? The obvious answer is the child, and not an archive, a seductive troll-princess, or poor fosterlings. Nevertheless, characters in Hedda Gabler, The Master Builder, and Little Eyolf intend to host these improper occupants in their children’s rooms. Dr. Gunn calls these dramas ‘the empty nursery plays’ because they all describe rooms intended for offspring, as well as characters’ plans for refilling that...
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Raymond Jonas (History)
France and the Cult of the Sacred Heart: An Epic Tale for Modern Times
France and the Cult of the Sacred Heart: An Epic Tale for Modern Times
Raymond Jonas (History)
In a richly layered and beautifully illustrated narrative, Raymond Jonas tells the fascinating and surprisingly little-known story of the Sacré-Coeur, or Sacred Heart. The highest point in Paris and a celebrated tourist destination, the white-domed basilica of Sacré-Coeur on Montmartre is a key monument both to French Catholicism and to French national identity. Jonas masterfully reconstructs the history of the devotion responsible for the basilica, beginning with the apparition of...
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María Elena García (CHID)
Gastropolitics and the Specter of Race: Stories of Capital, Culture, and Coloniality in Peru
Gastropolitics and the Specter of Race: Stories of Capital, Culture, and Coloniality in Peru
María Elena García (CHID)
In recent years, Peru has transformed from a war-torn country to a global high-end culinary destination. Connecting chefs, state agencies, global capital, and Indigenous producers, this “gastronomic revolution” makes powerful claims: food unites Peruvians, dissolves racial antagonisms, and fuels development. Gastropolitics and the Specter of Race critically evaluates these claims and tracks the emergence of Peruvian gastropolitics, a biopolitical and aesthetic set of practices that reinscribe dominant racial and gendered...
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Vanessa Freije (International Studies)
Citizens of Scandal: Journalism, Secrecy, and the Politics of Reckoning in Mexico
Citizens of Scandal: Journalism, Secrecy, and the Politics of Reckoning in Mexico
Vanessa Freije (International Studies)
In Citizens of Scandal, Vanessa Freije explores the causes and consequences of political scandals in Mexico from the 1960s through the 1980s. Tracing the process by which Mexico City reporters denounced official wrongdoing, she shows that by the 1980s political scandals were a common feature of the national media diet. News stories of state embezzlement, torture, police violence, and electoral fraud provided collective opportunities to voice dissent and offered an...
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Ana M. Gómez-Bravo (Spanish and Portuguese Studies)
Food, Texts, and Cultures in Latin America and Spain
Food, Texts, and Cultures in Latin America and Spain
Ana M. Gómez-Bravo (Spanish and Portuguese Studies)
The fourteen essays in Food, Texts, and Cultures in Latin America and Spain showcase the eye-opening potential of a food lens within colonial studies, ethnic and racial studies, gender and sexuality studies, and studies of power dynamics, nationalisms and nation building, theories of embodiment, and identity. In short, Food, Texts, and Cultures in Latin America and Spain grapples with an emerging field in need of a foundational text, and does...
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Christian Anderson (Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW Bothell)
Urbanism without Guarantees: The Everyday Life of a Gentrifying West Side Neighborhood
Urbanism without Guarantees: The Everyday Life of a Gentrifying West Side Neighborhood
Christian Anderson (Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW Bothell)
Vigilante action. Renegades. Human intrigue and the future at stake in New York City. In Urbanism without Guarantees, Christian M. Anderson offers a new perspective on urban dynamics and urban structural inequality based on an intimate ethnography of on-the-ground gentrification. The book is centered on ethnographic work undertaken on a single street in Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen in New York City—once a site of disinvestment, but now rapidly gentrifying. Anderson examines the...
Cover of Forgiveness Work with a photo of the inside of a temple with an an open iron gate.
Arzoo Osanloo (Law)
Forgiveness Work: Mercy, Law, and Victims' Rights in Iran
Forgiveness Work: Mercy, Law, and Victims' Rights in Iran
Arzoo Osanloo (Law)
Iran’s criminal courts are notorious for meting out severe sentences—according to Amnesty International, the country has the world’s highest rate of capital punishment per capita. Less known to outside observers, however, is the Iranian criminal code’s recognition of forgiveness, where victims of violent crimes, or the families of murder victims, can request the state to forgo punishing the criminal. Forgiveness Work shows that in the Iranian justice system, forbearance is...
Cover of Sephardic Trajectories with a sepia tone image of a diner with Turkish flags and posters set against a green background.
Oscar Aguirre-Mandujano (History, UPenn)
Sephardic Trajectories: Archives, Objects, and the Ottoman Jewish Past in the United States
Sephardic Trajectories: Archives, Objects, and the Ottoman Jewish Past in the United States
Oscar Aguirre-Mandujano (History, UPenn)
Sephardic Trajectories brings together scholars of Ottoman history and Jewish studies to discuss how family heirlooms, papers, and memorabilia help us conceptualize the complex process of migration from the Ottoman Empire to the United States. To consider the shared significance of family archives in both the United States and in Ottoman lands, the volume takes as starting point the formation of the Sephardic Studies Digital Collection at the University of...
Cover of Unsettled by Jordanna Bailkin with a black and white image of people walking along a dirt road.
Jordanna Bailkin (History)
Unsettled: Refugee Camps and the Making of Multicultural Britain
Unsettled: Refugee Camps and the Making of Multicultural Britain
Jordanna Bailkin (History)
Today, no one really thinks of Britain as a land of camps. Camps seem to happen "elsewhere", from Greece, to Palestine, to the global South. Yet over the course of the twentieth century, dozens of British refugee camps housed hundreds of thousands of Belgians, Jews, Basques, Poles, Hungarians, Anglo-Egyptians, Ugandan Asians, and Vietnamese. Refugee camps in Britain were never only for refugees. Refugees shared a space with Britons who had...
Transcending Blackness book cover
Ralina Joseph (Communication)
Transcending Blackness
Transcending Blackness
Ralina Joseph (Communication)
Representations of multiracial Americans, especially those with one black and one white parent, appear everywhere in contemporary culture, from reality shows to presidential politics. Some depict multiracial individuals as mired in painful confusion; others equate them with progress, as the embodiment of a postracial utopia. In Transcending Blackness, Ralina L. Joseph critiques both depictions as being rooted in—and still defined by—the racist notion that blackness is a deficit that must...
American Sabor
Marison Berríos-Miranda (Music), Shannon Dudley (Music), And Michelle Habell-Pallán (Gwss)
American Sabor: Latinos and Latinas in US Popular Music
American Sabor: Latinos and Latinas in US Popular Music
Marison Berríos-Miranda (Music), Shannon Dudley (Music), And Michelle Habell-Pallán (Gwss)
The collaboration that led to the publication of American Sabor has extensive Simpson Center connections, beginning with a funding award in 2011 that supported the writing and publication of American Sabor, as well as a traveling museum exhibit by the same name. Former Simpson Center Associate Director Miriam Bartha consulted with the project leaders on bridging the worlds of academic scholarship, museum exhibitions, and community partners such as KEXP. Habell-Pallán...
The Emergence of Genetic Rationality
Phillip Thurtle
The Emergence of Genetic Rationality: Space, Time, and Information in American Biological Science, 1870-1920
The Emergence of Genetic Rationality: Space, Time, and Information in American Biological Science, 1870-1920
Phillip Thurtle
The emergence of genetic science has profoundly shaped how we think about biology. Indeed, it is difficult now to consider nearly any facet of human experience without first considering the gene. But this mode of understanding life is not, of course, transhistorical. Phillip Thurtle takes us back to the moment just before the emergence of genetic rationality at the turn of the twentieth century to explicate the technological, economic, cultural...
Pivotal Tuesdays
Margaret O'Mara
Pivotal Tuesdays: Four Elections That Shaped the Twentieth Century
Pivotal Tuesdays: Four Elections That Shaped the Twentieth Century
Margaret O'Mara
Serious and silly, unifying and polarizing, presidential elections have become events that Americans love and hate. Today's elections cost billions of dollars and consume the nation's attention for months, filling television airwaves and online media with endless advertising and political punditry, often heated, vitriolic, and petty. Yet presidential elections also provoke and inspire mass engagement of ordinary citizens in the political system. No matter how frustrated or disinterested voters might...
Motherless Tongues
Vicente L. Rafael
Motherless Tongues: The Insurgency of Language amid Wars of Translation
Motherless Tongues: The Insurgency of Language amid Wars of Translation
Vicente L. Rafael
In Motherless Tongues, Vicente L. Rafael examines the vexed relationship between language and history gleaned from the workings of translation in the Philippines, the United States, and beyond. Moving across a range of colonial and postcolonial settings, he demonstrates translation's agency in the making and understanding of events. These include nationalist efforts to vernacularize politics, U.S. projects to weaponize languages in wartime, and autobiographical attempts by area studies scholars to...
Race, Empire, and English Language Teaching: Creating Responsible and Ethical Anti-Racist Practice
Suhanthie Motha
Race, Empire, and English Language Teaching: Creating Responsible and Ethical Anti-Racist Practice
Race, Empire, and English Language Teaching: Creating Responsible and Ethical Anti-Racist Practice
Suhanthie Motha
This timely and critical look at the teaching of English shows how language is used to create hierarchies of cultural privilege in public schools across the United States. Drawing on the work of four ESL teachers who pursued anti-racist pedagogical practices during their first year of teaching, the author provides a compelling account of how new teachers might gain agency for culturally responsive teaching in spite of school cultures that...