Elizabeth Branch Dyson
Assistant Editorial Director, Executive Editor
I acquire Chicago’s books—for both scholarly and general audiences—in education, sociology, and music, especially jazz and blues studies. I am particularly looking for books in the social sciences that challenge our thinking and point us in the right direction.
I welcome books on education broadly—from early childhood education to higher ed and beyond. Recent titles include Race at the Top: Asian Americans and Whites in Pursuit of the American Dream in Suburban Schools by Natasha Warikoo, Redefining Geek: Bias and the Five Hidden Habits of Tech-Savvy Teens by Cassidy Puckett, and Bankers in the Ivory Tower: The Troubling Rise of Financiers in US Higher Education by Charlie Eaton.
Our wide-ranging sociology list features books of theory, history, mixed methods, longitudinal studies, and more, but its heart belongs to ethnography. Two new titles underscore the enduring impact of color in everyday life: Elijah Anderson’s Black in White Space 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. Life in the digital age is explored in very different ways with Gen Z, Explained: The Art of Living in a Digital Age and The Digital Factory: The Human Labor of Automation. And two new books are here to help expertly guide qualitative researchers: Listening to People: A Practical Guide to Interviewing, Participant Observation, Data Analysis, and Writing It All Up by Annette Lareau and Data Analysis in Qualitative Research: Theorizing with Abductive Analysis by Stefan Timmermans and Iddo Tavory.
In music, we are proud to have recently published Sound Experiments: The Music of the AACM by Paul Steinbeck and The Guitar: Tracing the Grain Back to the Tree by Chris Gibson and Andrew Warren. 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.
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.
Senior Editorial Associate Mollie McFee ably assists me and is a close collaborator in all of these endeavors.