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 David F. Labaree’s A Perfect Mess: The Unlikely Ascendancy of American Higher Education, Paul H. Mattingly’s American Academic Cultures: A History of Higher Education, Dan Koretz’s The Testing Charade: Pretending to Make Schools Better, John Willinsky’s The Intellectual Properties of Learning: A Prehistory from Saint Jerome to John Locke, Educational Goods: Values, Evidence, and Decision-Making by Harry Brighouse, Helen F. Ladd, Susanna Loeb, and Adam Swift, and Derrick Darby and John L. Rury’s The Color of Mind: Why the Origins of the Achievement Gap Matter for Justice.


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 Stephen T. Asma’s The Evolution of Imagination, Mark Johnson’s Embodied Mind, Meaning, and Reason: How Our Bodies Give Rise to Understanding, Michael Gallope’s Deep Refrains: Music, Philosophy, and the Ineffable, Martin Shuster’s New Television: The Aesthetics and Politics of a Genre, Robert B. Pippin’s The Philosophical Hitchcock: “Vertigo” and the Anxieties of Unknowingness, Lawrence Lampert’s What a Philosopher Is: Becoming Nietzsche, and Michael Hampe’s What Philosophy Is For.


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 addition to the series is Griff Rollefson’s Flip the Script: European Hip Hop and the Politics of Postcoloniality.


I am assisted by Editorial Associate Dylan Montanari.


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