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 Sara Goldrick-Rab’s Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream, Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot’s Growing Each Other Up: When Our Children Become Our Teachers, Natasha K. Warikoo’s The Diversity Bargain: And Other Dilemmas of Race, Admissions, and Meritocracy at Elite Universities, Benjamin Justice and Colin Macleod’s Have a Little Faith: Religion, Democracy, and the American Public School, Janice M. McCabe’s Connecting in College: How Friendship Networks Matter for Academic and Social Success, D.C. Phillips’s A Companion to John Dewey’s “Democracy and Education,” and The Rise of the Research University: A Sourcebook edited by Louis Menand, Paul Reitter, and Chad Wellmon.


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 Paolo D’Iorio’s Nietzsche's Journey to Sorrento: Genesis of the Philosophy of the Free Spirit, Juliet Fleming’s Cultural Graphology: Writing after Derrida, Gary Shapiro’s Nietzsche’s Earth: Great Events, Great Politics, Philanthropy in Democratic Societies: History, Institutions, Values edited by Rob Reich, Chiara Cordelli, and Lucy Bernholz, and Wittgenstein and Modernism edited by Michael LeMahieu and Karen Zumhagen-Yekplé.


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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