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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 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, Integrations: The Struggle for Racial Equity and Civic Renewal in Public Education by Lawrence Blum and Zoë Burkholder, and Douglas B. Downey’s How Schools Really Matter: Why Our Assumption about Schools and Inequality Is Mostly Wrong.

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 Claire Laurier Decoteau’s The Western Disease: Contesting Autism in the Somali Diaspora, Living on the Edge: An American Generation’s Journey through the Twentieth Century by Richard A. Settersten Jr.Glen H. Elder Jr., and Lisa D. Pearce, David Trouille’s Fútbol in the Park: Immigrants, Soccer, and the Creation of Social Ties, Gary Alan Fine’s The Hinge: Civil Society, Group Cultures, and the Power of Local Commitments, Francesca Polletta’s Inventing the Ties That Bind: Imagined Relationships in Moral and Political Life, Max Besbris’s Upsold: Real Estate Agents, Prices, and Neighborhood Inequality, and Andrew Deener’s The Problem with Feeding Cities: The Social Transformation of Infrastructure, Abundance, and Inequality in America.

In music, we are proud to have recently published The Guitar: Tracing the Grain Back to the Tree by Chris Gibson and Andrew Warren 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.

I am ably assisted by Mollie McFee.


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