Publications

Our publications gallery features published monographs 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 monograph that you would like to include in our gallery, please email the Communications Manager at cgrimmer@uw.edu.
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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...
Translation’s Forgotten History: Russian Literature, Japanese Mediation, and the Formation of Modern Korean Literature
Heekyoung Cho
Translation’s Forgotten History: Russian Literature, Japanese Mediation, and the Formation of Modern Korean Literature
Translation’s Forgotten History: Russian Literature, Japanese Mediation, and the Formation of Modern Korean Literature
Heekyoung Cho
Translation’s Forgotten History investigates the meanings and functions that translation generated for modern national literatures during their formative period and reconsiders literature as part of a dynamic translational process of negotiating foreign values. By examining the triadic literary and cultural relations among Russia, Japan, and colonial Korea and revealing a shared sensibility and literary experience in East Asia (which referred to Russia as a significant other in the formation of...
Statistical Panic: Cultural Politics and Poetics of the Emotions
Kathleen Woodward
Statistical Panic: Cultural Politics and Poetics of the Emotions
Statistical Panic: Cultural Politics and Poetics of the Emotions
Kathleen Woodward
In this moving and thoughtful book, Kathleen Woodward explores the politics and poetics of the emotions, focusing on American culture since the 1960s. She argues that we are constrained in terms of gender, race, and age by our culture’s scripts for “emotional” behavior and that the accelerating impoverishment of interiority is a symptom of our increasingly media-saturated culture. She also shows how we can be empowered by stories that express...
Worldly Affiliations: Artistic Practice, National Identity, and Modernism in India, 1930–1990
Sonal Khullar
Worldly Affiliations: Artistic Practice, National Identity, and Modernism in India, 1930–1990
Worldly Affiliations: Artistic Practice, National Identity, and Modernism in India, 1930–1990
Sonal Khullar
The purpose of art, the Paris-trained artist Amrita Sher-Gil wrote in 1936, is to "create the forms of the future” by “draw[ing] its inspiration from the present.” Through art, new worlds can be imagined into existence as artists cultivate forms of belonging and networks of association that oppose colonialist and nationalist norms. Drawing on Edward Said’s notion of “affiliation” as a critical and cultural imperative against empire and nation-state, Worldly...