Elizabeth Branch Dyson

Senior Editor

E-mail: ebd@uchicago.edu
Subjects: Education; philosophy; ethnomusicology
Series: Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology; Big Issues in Music; History and Philosophy of Education; The Seminars of Jacques Derrida


I acquire books for the Press in education, philosophy, and ethnomusicology and other music. 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 beyond—and for both scholarly and general audiences. Recent education books include The Rise of the Research University: A Sourcebook edited by Louis Menand, Paul Reitter, and Chad Wellmon, The Ambitious Elementary School by Elizabeth McGhee Hassrick, Stephen W. Raudenbush, and Lisa Rosen, Jonathan Zimmerman and Emily Robertson’s The Case for Contention: Teaching Controversial Issues in American Schools, and David F. Labaree’s A Perfect Mess: The Unlikely Ascendancy of American Higher Education.


Within Chicago’s wide-ranging philosophy list, I have a special interest in philosophy that has an impact on other disciplines, and philosophy for non-philosophers. Recent titles include Todd May’s A Fragile Life: Accepting Our Vulnerability, Ronald Aronson’s We: Reviving Social Hope, Darren Hudson Hick’s Artistic License: The Philosophical Problems of Copyright and Appropriation, Jacques Derrida’s The Death Penalty, Volume II, Wealth, Commerce, and Philosophy edited by Eugene Heath and Byron Kaldis, Gary Peters’s Improvising Improvisation: From Out of Philosophy, Music, Dance, and Literature, Erin C. Tarver’s The I in Team: Sports Fandom and the Reproduction of Identity, and Stephen T. Asma’s The Evolution of Imagination.


I am proud to sponsor the award-winning Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology series as well as other books on music, such as Bill Dahl’s The Art of the Blues: A Visual Treasury of Black Music’s Golden AgeOur most recent additions to the series are Morgan James Luker’s The Tango Machine: Musical Culture in the Age of Expediency, Sydney Hutchinson’s Tigers of a Different Stripe: Performing Gender in Dominican Music, and Kirin Narayan’s Everyday Creativity: Singing Goddesses in the Himalayan Foothills.


I am ably assisted by Editorial Associate Dylan Montanari.


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