Although we are unable to see you in person at this year’s Middle East Studies Association conference, we’d still love for you to “stop by the booth” and meet with us virtually. US History Editor, Niels Hooper, is taking proposals and Zoom appointments over the next couple of weeks.

Niels Hooper, Executive Editor
US History

“In US and Western History, UC Press has made its mark by being at the cutting edge of key trends. We focus on issues that match our progressive mission and exist in the fore in these decades. Concentrating mainly on late 19th and 20th century US social and cultural history, we are focused particularly on African-American history, ethnic studies, and social movements.

Our high profile and long-standing American Crossroads series, with its rigor, its historical/archival core, and its continuing originality has made it a signature force. The series can be credited with being a significant part of establishing the field of Ethnic Studies, as well as making the field of American Studies relevant in today’s political culture. Last year Manu Karuka’s book, Empire’s Tracks: Indigenous Nations, Chinese Workers, and the Transcontinental Railroad, received widespread attention, and this year Stuart Schrader’s book, Badges Without Borders: How Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American Policing couldn’t have been more timely garnering widespread media mentions and rave reviews.

Other American History/American Studies titles this year were equally exciting and timely, such as Laura Briggs’ Taking Children: A History of American Terror. And launched just a few years ago, American Studies Now: Critical Histories of the Present, edited by two prior Presidents of the American Studies Association, publishes very short books on teachable moments in American political culture—such as Barbara Ransby’s Making All Black Lives Matter, Lisa Duggan’s Mean Girl: Ayn Rand and the Culture of Greed, and Naomi Paik’s very timely Bans, Walls, Raids, Sanctuary: Understanding U.S. Immigration for the Twenty-First Century.”

Interested in publishing your work with Niels and UC Press?
Schedule a meeting.

  • Want to pitch your book? Come prepared with clear statements of your argument, your audience, and why you want to write this book.
  • Don’t yet have a pitch, or still in dissertation mode? Stop by with your publishing questions!
  • Are you a UC Press author and want to catch up? Feel free to drop in to say hello! Bring your friends!

Learn more about US History and California & Western History at UC Press and see what it takes to write a strong book proposal.

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