Award Winning Books: Political Science and Public Policy

Asian American Connective Action in the Age of Social Media

Civic Engagement, Contested Issues, and Emerging Identities

James S. Lai

2023 Best Book on Race, Ethnicity, and Identities from the Race, Ethnicity, and Politics section of the American Political Science Association
Choice Outstanding Academic Titles for 2022

Examines how social media has changed the way Asian Americans participate in politics

224 pages | 6 x 9 | 10 tables, 8 figures, 11 halftones


Behind the Backlash

Muslim Americans after 9/11

Lori Peek

Best Book Award from the American Sociological Association's section on Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity, 2013
Midwest Sociological Society Distinguished Book Award, 2012

How Muslim-American identity has been shaped by 9/11 and its after effects

230 pages | 6 x 9 | 1 table, 3 figures


Captain America and the Nationalist Superhero

Metaphors, Narratives, and Geopolitics

Jason Dittmer

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2013

A provocative exploration of the nationalist comic book superhero genre in the U.S., Canada, and Britain.

242 pages | 6 x 9 | 26 halftones


Challenging Beijing's Mandate of Heaven

Taiwan's Sunflower Movement and Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement

Ming-sho Ho

Named one of the "Best Books" of 2019 by Foreign Affairs
Taiwan's Academica Sinica Book Award, 2019

Analyzing the dynamics of two recent nonviolent, student-led protests in light of China’s growth and power

288 pages | 6 x 9 | 5 tables, 6 figures, 2 maps


Chilean New Song

The Political Power of Music, 1960s-1973

J. Patrice McSherry

Cecil B. Currey Book Award, 2015

An examination of the Chilean New Song movement as an organic part of the struggles for progressive social change, deeper democracy, and social justice in Chile in the 1960s and early 1970s

254 pages | 6 x 9


The City on the Hill from Below

The Crisis of Prophetic Black Politics

Stephen H. Marshall

American Political Science Association's Foundations of Political Theory First Book Award, 2012

A compelling conversation between African American political intellectuals and the canon of western political philosophy

250 pages | 6 x 9


The Concept of the Social in Uniting the Humanities and Social Sciences

Michael E Brown

Michael Brown, recipient of 2019 American Sociology Association Marxist Section's Lifetime Achievement Award

Now in Paperback! How to reunify the humanities and social sciences

538 pages | 6 x 9


Cultural Politics and Social Movements

Edited by Marcy Darnovsky, Barbara Epstein, and Richard Flacks

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 1996

Bridging the worlds of activism and academia—this volume combines social movement theory with the real experiences of activists

384 pages | 6 x 9 | 2 tables 10 figures


The Death and Life of the Single-Family House

Lessons from Vancouver on Building a Livable City

Nathanael Lauster

Canadian Sociological Association's John Porter Tradition of Excellence Book Award, 2017

A detailed study of how Vancouver moved away from the single-family house and the effects of this transformation, detailed by interviews with residents

262 pages | 6 x 9 | 7 tables, 11 figures, 4 halftones, 6 maps


The Disenfranchisement of Ex-Felons

Elizabeth A. Hull

Honorable Mention at the 2006 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Awards

A thought-provoking look at one population's loss of voting rights in the United States

232 pages | 5.5 x 8.25 | 3 tables


Doing Comparable Worth

Gender, Class, and Pay Equity

Joan Acker

Jessie Bernard Prize of the American Sociological Association for Life Achievement, 1989

The study of a large comparable worth project and of how gender and class dynamics influenced its outcome

272 pages | 6 x 9

Drug Smugglers on Drug Smuggling

Lessons from the Inside

Scott H. Decker and Margaret Townsend

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2008

Convicted drug smugglers describe the business from the inside

224 pages | 5.5 x 8.25 | 13 tables 2 halftones


The Ethics of Care

A Feminist Approach to Human Security

Fiona Robinson

J. Ann Tickner Book Prize from the International Studies Association, 2014

Applying feminist ethics to a comprehensive reworking of the theory of human security, addressing such issues as poverty, health, environment, conflict and peace building

200 pages | 5.5 x 8.25


The Evangelical Crackup?

The Future of the Evangelical-Republican Coalition

Edited by Paul A. Djupe and Ryan L. Claassen

Paul Djupe, recipient of the 2021 Susanne Hoeber Rudolph Outstanding Scholar Award, American Political Science Association

Explaining evangelicalism’s relationship to the party system

302 pages | 6 x 9 | 13 tables, 52 figures


Extradition, Politics, and Human Rights

Christopher H. Pyle

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2002

A compelling history of U.S. extradition

456 pages | 7 x 10


From Identity to Politics

The Lesbian and Gay Movements in the United States

Craig A. Rimmerman

Finalist for the Lambda Literary Foundation's 15th Annual Lambda Literary Award in Biography, 2003

A compelling critique of the gay and lesbian movements in the U.S. and the limits of identity politics

256 pages | 6 x 9 | 1 tables, 2 figs.


Good Reasons to Run

Women and Political Candidacy

Edited by Shauna L. Shames, Rachel I. Bernhard, Mirya R. Holman, and Dawn Langan Teele

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2020
Mirya Holman, recipient Erika Fairchild Award from the Southern Political Science Association's Women's Caucus, 2022

How and why women run for office

324 pages | 6 x 9 | 8 tables, 32 figures, 2 maps


The Great Migration and the Democratic Party

Black Voters and the Realignment of American Politics in the 20th Century

Keneshia N. Grant

W.E. B. DuBois Book Awardee, National Conference of Black Political Scientists, 2021

Examining the political impact of Black migration on politics in three northern cities from 1915 to 1965

214 pages | 5.25 x 8.5 | 12 tables, 1 figures, 3 halftones, 1 map


Healing Our Divided Society

Investing in America Fifty Years after the Kerner Report

Edited by Fred Harris and Alan Curtis

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2018

Examining inequality in America fifty years after the Kerner Report

488 pages | 6 x 9 | 9 tables, 54 figures



The New Shape of Global Power

John Agnew

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2005

How American hegemony came about, its effects on the world, and how it now haunts its creators

296 pages | 6 x 9 | 10 tables, 4 figures, 9 halftones, 3 maps


The Historiography of Communism

Michael E. Brown

Michael Brown, recipient of 2019 American Sociology Association Marxist Section's Lifetime Achievement Award

A major reorientation of scholarly thought about communism and contemporary social movements

264 pages | 6 x 9


The International Monetary Fund and Latin America

The Argentine Puzzle in Context

Claudia Kedar

Honorable Mention, Luciano Tomassini Latin American International Relations Book Award Committee of the Latin American Studies Association, 2014

Chronicling the sometimes questionable relationship between the International Monetary Fund and Latin America from 1944 to the present

264 pages | 6 x 9 | 2 tables


Language Policy and Identity Politics in the United States

Ronald Schmidt Sr.

"Best Book Award" from the American Political Science Association Section on Race, Ethnicity and Politics for the category of "Public Policies, Legal and Social Analysis of Racial and Ethnic Politics", 2001

An engaging discussion about the use of English and other languages in the United States

296 pages | 6 x 9 | 14 tables


Latinos and the U.S. Political System

Two-Tiered Pluralism

Rodney E. Hero

Ralph J. Bunche Award, American Political Science Association, 1993

An analysis of American politics from the vantage point of the Latino political condition

256 pages | 6 x 9


The Making of Asian America through Political Participation

Pei-te Lien

Best Book published in the areas of Political Participation, Voting, Elections, and Political Behavior in Racial/Ethnic Politics by the Organized Section on Race, Ethnicity, and Politics of the American Political Science Association, 2002

A fascinating look at how race ethnicity and transnationalism help construct a complex American electorate

312 pages | 6 x 9 | 21 tables


Movements in Times of Democratic Transition

Edited by Bert Klandermans and Cornelis van Stralen

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2015

How do social movements that trigger democratic movements survive their own success?

390 pages | 6 x 9 | 34 tables, 16 figures


New Social Movements

From Ideology to Identity

Edited by Enrique Laraña, Hank Johnston, and Joseph R Gusfield

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 1995

Redefining the field of social movements

368 pages | 6 x 9 | 3 tables, 1 figs.


Nuclear Power and Social Power

Rick Eckstein

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 1997

A critical examination of the Shoreham and Seabrook nuclear power plants and the way expensive corporate initiatives purported as good for social "progress" or "economic growth" actually serve the parochial interests of powerful organizations and classes

208 pages | 5.5 x 8.25 | 1 tables


On the Stump

Campaign Oratory and Democracy in the United States, Britain, and Australia

Sean Scalmer

New South Wales Premier's History Award in General History, 2018

The story of how the “stump speech” was created, diffused, and helped to shape the modern democracies of the Anglo-American world

232 pages | 6 x 9 | 8 halftones


Political Black Girl Magic

The Elections and Governance of Black Female Mayors

Edited by Sharon D. Wright Austin

Examines the crucial role that Black women have carried out in the cities they govern

332 pages | 6 x 9 | 22 tables, 14 figures


Politics and the Class Divide

Working People and the Middle Class Left

David Croteau

Finalist for Transformational Politics Book Award, American Political Science Association, 1996

Examining the impact of class status on political participation

320 pages | 6 x 9 | 4 tables, 3 figs.


The Politics of Diversity

Immigration, Resistance, and Change in Monterey Park, California

John Horton

Robert E. Park Award, Community and Urban Section of the American Sociological Association, 1996

In an era of thriving anti-immigrant sentiments, this story of Monterey Park, California demonstrates how long-time residents and new immigrants deal with commonality as well as diversity

296 pages | 6 x 9 | 13 tables, 19 halftones, 3 maps


Power, Participation, and Protest in Flint, Michigan

Unpacking the Policy Paradox of Municipal Takeovers

Ashley E. Nickels

American Society for Public Administration Section on Democracy and Social Justice Book Award, 2019
American Political Science Association Robert A. Dahl Award, 2020
Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2020

The policy history of, implementation of, and reaction to Flint’s municipal takeovers

272 pages | 5.25 x 8.5 | 11 tables, 4 figures, 5 halftones, 1 map


Race Appeal

How Candidates Invoke Race in U.S. Political Campaigns

Charlton D McIlwain, and Stephen M. Caliendo

Ralph J. Bunche Award, American Political Science Association, 2012
Selected as “‘The Best of the Best’ from the University Presses” Books For Public and High School Libraries” for the ALA Annual Conference, 2012

Why, when, and how often candidates use race appeals, and how the electorate responds

272 pages | 6 x 9 | 38 tables, 23 halftones


Religion and Political Tolerance in America

Advances in the State of the Art

Edited by Paul A. Djupe

Paul Djupe, recipient of the 2021 Susanne Hoeber Rudolph Outstanding Scholar Award, American Political Science Association

Cutting-edge scholarship that sets the agenda for research on religion and political tolerance

276 pages | 6 x 9 | 24 tables, 18 figures


Rude Democracy

Civility and Incivility in American Politics

Susan Herbst

Awards from the previous edition: 
 Doris Graber Award, American Political Science Association, 2013
Association of American University Presses Book Jacket Award, 2011

A look at how civility and incivility are strategic weapons on the state of American democracy, now with a new Preface for 2020

226 pages | 5.5 x 8.25 | 4 tables


Rude Democracy

Civility and Incivility in American Politics

Susan Herbst

Doris Graber Award, American Political Science Association, 2013
Association of American University Presses Book Jacket Award, 2011

How American politics can become more civil and amenable to public policy solutions, while still allowing for effective argument

216 pages | 5.5 x 8.25 | 4 tables


Seeking Community in a Global City

Guatemalans and Salvadorans in Los Angeles

Nora Hamilton and Norma Stoltz Chinchilla

Best book published in the area of Race/Ethnicity and Foreign Policy/Globalization given by the section on Race, Ethnicity, and Politics of the American Political Science Association, 2002

A look at the challenges faced by Central American immigrants in Los Angeles

304 pages | 6 x 9 | 12 tables, 2 figures, 22 halftones, 5 maps


Shaming the Constitution

The Detrimental Results of Sexual Violent Predator Legislation

Michael L. Perlin and Heather Ellis Cucolo

Heather Cucolo, recipient of the 2018 New York Law School Otto L. Walter Distinguished Writing Award

A new approach to the complex area of sex offender laws and policies

324 pages | 6 x 9


The Struggling State

Nationalism, Mass Militarization, and the Education of Eritrea

Jennifer Riggan

Honorable Mention for the 2018 Jackie Kirk Outstanding Book Award from The Comparative and International Education Society

Examining Eritrean teachers’ paradoxical role of educating students forced into the military

258 pages | 6 x 9


Taking Juvenile Justice Seriously

Developmental Insights and System Challenges

Christopher J. Sullivan

2020 Outstanding Contribution Award, given by the American Society of Criminology's Division of Development and Life Course Criminology

A pragmatic and comprehensive look at delinquency and juvenile justice through a developmental lens

304 pages | 6 x 9 | 5 tables, 26 figures


Terrorizing Latina/o Immigrants

Race, Gender, and Immigration Politics in the Age of Security

Anna Sampaio

American Political Science Association's Latino Politics Best Book Prize, 2016

A comprehensive analysis of changes in immigration policy, politics, and enforcement since 9/11

236 pages | 6 x 9 | 1 table, 1 halftone


There Goes the 'Hood

Views of Gentrification from the Ground Up

Lance Freeman

Winner of the Urban Affairs Association Best Book Award, 2007

How does gentrification affect residents who stay in the neighborhood?

248 pages | 6 x 9


Undocumented Fears

Immigration and the Politics of Divide and Conquer in Hazleton, Pennsylvania

Jamie Longazel

North Central Sociological Association's scholarly achievement awards, 2017

How the local politics of immigration pit working people against one another

226 pages | 6 x 9 | 1 halftone


Who Cares for the Elderly?

Public Policy and the Experiences of Adult Daughters

Emily K. Abel

Distinguished Contribution to Qualitative Gerontology, American Sociological Association, 1994

The exploration of family care for disabled elderly people

248 pages | 6 x 9


Why I Burned My Book and Other Essays on Disability

Paul K. Longmore

Honorable Mention in the category of Disability Rights, Gustavus Myers Book Award, 2004
Paul Longmore was selected by the American Association of People with Disabilities to receive The Henry B. Betts Award, 2004

"Personal inclination made me a historian. Personal encounter with public policy made me an activist."

288 pages | 6 x 9