Elizabeth Branch Dyson

Senior Editor

E-mail: ebd@uchicago.edu
Subjects: Ethnomusicology; interdisciplinary philosophy; education
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, 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 beyond—and for both scholarly and general audiences. Recent education books include Laura Hamilton’s Parenting to a Degree: How Family Matters for College Women’s Success, Danielle Allen’s Education and Equality, Adam Laats and Harvey Siegel’s Teaching Evolution in a Creation Nation, Michele Moses’s Living with Moral Disagreement: The Enduring Controversy about Affirmative Action, and Herb Childress’s The PhDictionary: A Glossary of Things You Don't Know (but Should) about Doctoral and Faculty Life.


I am proud to sponsor the award-winning Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology series as well as other books on music, such as Bob Gluck’s The Miles Davis Lost Quintet and Other Revolutionary Ensembles . Our most recent additions to the series are Timothy Taylor’s Music and Capitalism: A History of the Present, Gavin Steingo’s Kwaito’s Promise: Music and the Aesthetics of Freedom in South Africa, Jonathan Glasser’s The Lost Paradise: Andalusi Music in Urban North Africa, and  Jazz Worlds/World Jazz edited by Philip V. Bohlman and Goffredo Plastino.


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 Peter Trawny’s Heidegger and the Myth of a Jewish World Conspiracy, John Kekes’s Human Predicaments: And What to Do about Them, Michel Foucault’s About the Beginning of the Hermeneutics of the Self: Lectures at Dartmouth College, 1980, and Biopower: Foucault and Beyond edited by Vernon W. Cisney and Nicolae Morar.


I am ably assisted by Editorial Associate Rachel Kelly.


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