Elizabeth Branch Dyson

Executive Editor

E-mail: ebd@uchicago.edu
Subjects: Sociology; education; ethnomusicology; jazz studies
Series: Chicago Studies in EthnomusicologyBig Issues in MusicHistory and Philosophy of EducationMorality and SocietyFieldwork Encounters and Discoveries

 


I acquire books for the Press in education, sociology, and ethnomusicology, jazz and blues studies, and other music. 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.

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 Erica O. Turner’s Suddenly Diverse: How School Districts Manage Race and Inequality, Herb Childress’s The Adjunct Underclass: How America’s Colleges Betrayed Their Faculty, Their Students, and Their Mission, Making Up Our Mind: What School Choice Is Really About by Sigal R. Ben-Porath and Michael C. Johanek, Sam Wineburg’s Why Learn History (When It’s Already on Your Phone), and Eve L. Ewing’s Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side.

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 Elisabeth S. Clemens’s Civic Gifts: Voluntarism and the Making of the American Nation-State, Isaac Ariail Reed’s Power in Modernity: Agency Relations and the Creative Destruction of the King’s Two Bodies, Joseph E. Davis’s Chemically Imbalanced: Everyday Suffering, Medication, and Our Troubled Quest for Self-Mastery,  Shai M. Dromi’s Above the Fray: The Red Cross and the Making of the Humanitarian NGO Sector, Martina Cvajner’s Soviet Signoras: Personal and Collective Transformations in Eastern European Migration, and Michal Pagis’s Inward: Vipassana Meditation and the Embodiment of the Self.

I am proud to sponsor the award-winning Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology series as well as other books on music, such as Aaron Cohen’s Move On Up: Chicago’s Soul Music and Black Cultural Power, Harry Liebersohn’s Music and the New Global Culture: From the Great Exhibitions to the Jazz Age, and Marianna Ritchey’s Composing Capital: Classical Music in the Neoliberal Era. Our most recent additions to the series are Paul F. Berliner’s The Art of Mbira: Musical Inheritance and Legacy, Leslie A. Tilley’s Making It Up Together: The Art of Collective Improvisation in Balinese Music and Beyond, and Nomi Dave’s The Revolution’s Echoes: Music, Politics, and Pleasure in Guinea. 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.



I am ably assisted by Mollie McFee.
 

 

Civic Gifts: Voluntarism and the Making of the American Nation-State
Voluntarism and the Making of the American Nation-State
Elisabeth S. Clemens
Chemically Imbalanced: Everyday Suffering, Medication, and Our Troubled Quest for Self-Mastery
Everyday Suffering, Medication, and Our Troubled Quest for Self-Mastery
Joseph E. Davis
Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side
Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side
Eve L. Ewing
Suddenly Diverse: How School Districts Manage Race and Inequality
How School Districts Manage Race and Inequality
Erica O. Turner
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