American Studies Now: Critical Histories of the Present (An E-first Series)

Much of the most exciting contemporary work in American Studies refuses the distinction between politics and culture—focusing on historical cultures of power and protest on the one hand, or the political importance of cultural practices, on the other. The titles in American Studies Now cover these political and cultural intersections, exploring the ways the events of our past continue to shape our present.

An e-book first series, American Studies Now publishes short, timely books on significant political and cultural events while such teachable moments are at the center of public conversation. 

American Studies Now offers:

    • Quick access to deeply researched texts that respond to present day events 
    • E-books published 3-4 months before the print formats become available
    • Scholars and activists writing from their research and on-the-ground experiences
    • Discounted e-books at $16.95

"This series fills an important need. Students can read these short books in their entirety and absorb them. They are timely, picking up on emerging, and rapidly changing topics, our 'moments of danger' in or at least near their actual moment."—David Roediger, former President of the American Studies Association

Read guest blog posts from American Studies Now authors: ucpress.edu/go/americanstudiesnowblog

Bookmark the series homepage: ucpress.edu/go/americanstudiesnow

For profressors: To request an exam copy, please select the title's print edition. Don't want to wait for print? The discounted e-book is available months in advance for you and your students.

Series editors:

Lisa Duggan, New York University
Curtis Marez, University of California, San Diego

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Making All Black Lives Matter: Reimagining Freedom in the Twenty-First Century

Barbara Ransby
American Studies Now: Critical Histories of the Present,
$18.95, £14.95 Paperback
June 2018
$85.00, £70.95 Hardcover
June 2018

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Making All Black Lives Matter: Reimagining Freedom in the Twenty-First Century

Barbara Ransby
American Studies Now: Critical Histories of the Present,
E-Book
March 2018

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Imagining the Future of Climate Change: World-Making through Science Fiction and Activism

Shelley Streeby
American Studies Now: Critical Histories of the Present, 5
$18.95, £14.95 Paperback
January 2018
$85.00, £70.95 Hardcover
January 2018

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Boycott!: The Academy and Justice for Palestine

Sunaina Maira
American Studies Now: Critical Histories of the Present, 4
$18.95, £14.95 Paperback
January 2018
$85.00, £70.95 Hardcover
January 2018

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Trans: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variability

Jack Halberstam
American Studies Now: Critical Histories of the Present, 3
$18.95, £14.95 Paperback
January 2018
$85.00, £70.95 Hardcover
January 2018

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Boycott!: The Academy and Justice for Palestine

Sunaina Maira
American Studies Now: Critical Histories of the Present, 4
E-Book
October 2017

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Imagining the Future of Climate Change: World-Making through Science Fiction and Activism

Shelley Streeby
American Studies Now: Critical Histories of the Present, 5
E-Book
October 2017

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Trans: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variability

Jack Halberstam
American Studies Now: Critical Histories of the Present, 3
E-Book
September 2017

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We Demand: The University and Student Protests

Roderick A. Ferguson
American Studies Now: Critical Histories of the Present, 1
$18.95, £14.95 Paperback
August 2017
$85.00, £70.95 Hardcover
August 2017

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The Fifty-Year Rebellion: How the U.S. Political Crisis Began in Detroit

Scott Kurashige
American Studies Now: Critical Histories of the Present, 2
$18.95, £14.95 Paperback
July 2017
$85.00, £70.95 Hardcover
July 2017