Books published by JHU Press

Young Frederick Douglass

JHU Press | June 15, 2018 | 304 pages
This highly regarded biography traces the life and times of Frederick Douglass, from his birth on Maryland's Eastern Shore in 1818 to 1838, when he escaped from slavery to emerge upon the national scene.  More Info

Tears for My Sisters

JHU Press | February 25, 2018 | 376 pages
Millions of women suffer from obstetric fistula, a catastrophic childbirth complication that exists today mainly in the world’s poorest countries. Fistulas are created by the prolonged pressure of the fetal head in the birth canal during obstructed labor, which grievously injures a woman’s... More Info

The Fears of the Rich, The Needs of the Poor

JHU Press | April 22, 2018 | 280 pages
In its seventy years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has evolved from a malaria control program to an institution dedicated to improving health for all people across the world. The Fears of the Rich, The Needs of the Poor is a revealing account of the CDC’s development by... More Info

The Making of Jane Austen

JHU Press | May 16, 2017 | 304 pages
"Returning author Devoney Looser has written a study of Jane Austen's legacy in high and popular culture, looking at stage and film adaptations of her work, how Austen has been taught in classrooms, Austen's depiction in visual culture, and Austen's role in the women's suffragist movement. Looser... More Info

Of Grammatology

JHU Press | January 18, 2016 | 560 pages
Jacques Derrida’s revolutionary approach to phenomenology, psychoanalysis, structuralism, linguistics, and indeed the entire European tradition of philosophy—called deconstruction—changed the face of criticism. It provoked a questioning of philosophy, literature, and the human sciences that... More Info

Candid Creatures

JHU Press | June 25, 2016 | 280 pages
In Candid Creatures, the first major book to reveal the secret lives of animals through motion-sensitive game cameras, biologist Roland Kays has assembled over 600 remarkable photographs. Drawing from archives of millions of color and night-vision photographs collected by hundreds of researchers,... More Info

Hedonizing Technologies

JHU Press | June 9, 2009 | 211 pages
Rachel P. Maines’s latest work examines the rise of hobbies and leisure activities in Western culture from antiquity to the present day. As technologies are "hedonized," consumers find increasing pleasure in the hobbies’ associated tools, methods, and instructional literature. Work once... More Info

Arthur Ashe

JHU Press | August 28, 2014 | 344 pages
Arthur Ashe explains how this iconic African American tennis player overcame racial and class barriers to reach the top of the tennis world in the 1960s and 1970s. But more important, it follows Ashe’s evolution as an activist who had to contend with the shift from civil rights to Black Power.... More Info

Rock Star

JHU Press | September 4, 2014 | 264 pages
"All stars are celebrities, but not all celebrities are stars," states David Shumway in the introduction to Rock Star, an informal history of rock stardom. This deceptively simple statement belies the complex definition and meaning of stardom and more specifically of rock icons. Shumway looks at... More Info

Doctors Without Borders

JHU Press | April 16, 2014 | 328 pages
This study of Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) casts new light on the organization’s founding principles, distinctive culture, and inner struggles to realize more fully its "without borders" transnational vision. Pioneering medical sociologist Renée C. Fox spent nearly... More Info

Spark from the Deep

JHU Press | July 11, 2013 | 287 pages
Spark from the Deep tells the story of how human beings came to understand and use electricity by studying the evolved mechanisms of strongly electric fish. These animals have the ability to shock potential prey or would-be predators with high-powered electrical discharges. William J. Turkel asks... More Info

Competing with the Soviets

JHU Press | November 29, 2012 | 176 pages
For most of the second half of the twentieth century, the United States and its allies competed with a hostile Soviet Union in almost every way imaginable except open military engagement. The Cold War placed two opposite conceptions of the good society before the uncommitted world and history... More Info

Democratization and Authoritarianism in the Arab World

JHU Press | March 25, 2014 | 424 pages
Beginning in December 2010, a series of uprisings swept the Arab world, toppling four longtime leaders and creating an apparent political opening in a region long impervious to the "third wave" of democratization. Despite the initial euphoria, the legacies of authoritarianism—polarized societies,... More Info

The Night Guard at the Wilberforce Hotel

JHU Press | February 18, 2014 | 64 pages
The poems in The Night Guard at the Wilberforce Hotel navigate the evanescent boundaries between the public and the private self. Daniel Anderson’s settings are often social but never fail to turn inward, drowning out the chatter of conversation to quietly observe the truths that we... More Info

The Myth of the Democratic Peacekeeper

JHU Press | December 3, 2013 | 280 pages
The Myth of the Democratic Peacekeeper reevaluates how United Nations peacekeeping missions reform (or fail to reform) their participating members. It investigates how such missions affect military organizations and civil-military relations as countries transition to a more democratic system.... More Info

The Quick Guide to Wild Edible Plants

JHU Press | May 24, 2013 | 144 pages
A recent rise in the popularity of urban farming, farmers’ markets, and foraging from nature means more people are looking for information about plants. In The Quick Guide to Wild Edible Plants, botanists Lytton John Musselman and Harold J. Wiggins coach you on how to safely identify, gather, and... More Info

And the Crooked Places Made Straight

JHU Press | December 3, 2012 | 232 pages
David Chalmers's widely acclaimed overview of the 1960s describes how the civil rights movement touched off a growing challenge to traditional values and arrangements. Chalmers recounts the judicial revolution that set national standards for race, politics, policing, and privacy. He examines the... More Info

New Ideas on Development After the Financial Crisis

JHU Press | March 24, 2011 | 360 pages
"Based on presentations made at a conference that was held on April 22-23, 2009, in Washington D.C."--  More Info

Bodies Under Siege

JHU Press | April 6, 2011 | 352 pages
A quarter century after it was first published, Bodies under Siege remains the classic, authoritative book on self-mutilation. Now in its third edition, this invaluable work is updated throughout with findings from hundreds of new studies, discussions of new models of self-injury, an assessment of... More Info

A Gift of Time

JHU Press | January 12, 2011 | 408 pages
A Gift of Time is a gentle and practical guide for parents who decide to continue their pregnancy knowing that their baby's life will be brief. When prenatal testing reveals that an unborn child is expected to die before or shortly after birth, some parents will choose to proceed with the pregnancy... More Info

Armed Humanitarians

JHU Press | August 26, 2002 | 234 pages
Since the end of the Cold War, the U.S. military has found itself embroiled in many "operations other than war." Most controversial of these have been humanitarian interventions, which often lacked a clear majority of either elite or public support. Although the immediate threat represented by the... More Info