Elizabeth Branch Dyson
I acquire books for the Press in education, ethnomusicology and other music, and philosophy. After majoring in English literature and music at Yale, I taught middle school for three years before joining Chicago in 2000. I welcome books on education in a wide variety of areas—from early childhood education to higher ed—and for both scholarly and general audiences. Recent education books include Christopher Lubienski and Sarah Theule Lubienski’s The Public School Advantage: Why Public Schools Outperform Private Schools, Improvement by Design: The Promise of Better Schools by David K. Cohen et al., American School Reform: What Works, What Fails, and Why by Joseph P. McDonald and colleagues, Class Warfare: Class, Race, and College Admissions in Top-Tier Secondary Schools by Lois Weis et al., and Linn Posey-Maddox’s When Middle-Class Parents Choose Urban Schools: Class, Race, and the Challenge of Equity in Public Education. I am proud to sponsor the award-winning Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology series—our most recent addition to the series is Bonnie Wade’s Composing Japanese Musical Modernity—as well as other books on music, such as Bob Gluck’s You’ll Know When You Get There: Herbie Hancock and the Mwandishi Band and Bruce Epperson’s More Important Than the Music: A History of Jazz Discography. And I am seeking new kinds of books for Chicago’s philosophy list—particularly philosophy that has an impact on other disciplines, and philosophy for non-philosophers. Recent titles include Robert Pippin’s After the Beautiful: Hegel and the Philosophy of Pictorial Modernism, Scott Cutler Shershow’s Deconstructing Dignity: A Critique of the Right-to-Die Debate, Sonali Chakravarti’s Sing the Rage: Listening to Anger after Mass Violence, and Scott Samuelson’s The Deepest Human Life: An Introduction to Philosophy for Everyone.