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Elizabeth Branch Dyson

Assistant Editorial Director, Executive Editor

I acquire books for the Press in education, sociology, and music, especially jazz and blues studies. After majoring in English literature and music at Yale, I taught middle school for three years before joining Chicago in 2000. Until 2019, I acquired our books in philosophy; that list is now being sponsored by Kyle Wagner. And until 2021, I acquired the Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology series, which is now being sponsored by Mary Al-Sayed.

I welcome books on education broadly—from early childhood education to higher ed and beyond—and for both scholarly and general audiences. Recent titles include Permanent Crisis: The Humanities in a Disenchanted Age by Paul Reitter and Chad Wellmon, Allies and Rivals: German-American Exchange and the Rise of the Modern Research University by Emily J. Levine, Broke: The Racial Consequences of Underfunding Public Universities by Laura T. Hamilton and Kelly Nielsen, Segregation by Experience: Agency, Racism, and Learning in the Early Grades by Jennifer Keys Adair and Kiyomi Sánchez-Suzuki Colegrove, Spare the Rod: Punishment and the Moral Community of Schools by Campbell F. Scribner and Bryan R. Warnick, and Integrations: The Struggle for Racial Equity and Civic Renewal in Public Education by Lawrence Blum and Zoë Burkholder.

Our wide-ranging sociology list features books of theory, history, mixed methods, longitudinal studies, and more, but its heart belongs to ethnography. Recent titles include Gen Z, Explained: The Art of Living in a Digital Age by Roberta Katz, Sarah Ogilvie, Jane Shaw, and Linda Woodhead; Annette Lareau’s Listening to People: A Practical Guide to Interviewing, Participant Observation, Data Analysis, and Writing It All Up; Diane Vaughan’s Dead Reckoning: Air Traffic Control, System Effects, and Risk; and George B. Nesbitt’s Being Somebody and Black Besides: An Untold Memoir of Midcentury Black Life, featuring forewords by Imani Perry and St. Clair Drake; Hannah Wohl’s Bound by Creativity: How Contemporary Art Is Created and Judged, and Monika Krause’s Model Cases: On Canonical Research Objects and Sites.

In music, we are proud to have recently published The Guitar: Tracing the Grain Back to the Tree by Chris Gibson and Andrew WarrenInfinite Repertoire: On Dance and Urban Possibility in Postsocialist Guinea by Adrienne J. Cohen, and Tear Down The Walls: White Radicalism and Black Power in 1960s Rock by Patrick Burke. My colleague Marta Tonegutti acquires the larger part of the music list, including the critical editions of Verdi, New Material Histories of Music series, and the Opera Lab series, and Mary Al-Sayed acquires books in the Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology series.

Senior Editorial Associate Mollie McFee ably assists me and is a close collaborator in all of these endeavors.

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