Books published by NYU Press


The Evolution of the Juvenile Court

NYU Press | June 1, 2019 | 392 pages
A major statement on the juvenile justice system by one of America’s leading experts The juvenile court lies at the intersection of youth policy and crime policy. Its institutional practices reflect our changing ideas about children and crime control. The Evolution of the Juvenile Court provides... More Info


NYU Press | May 28, 2019 | 176 pages
Bestselling author Cass R. Sunstein reveals the appeal and the danger of conformity We live in an era of tribalism, polarization, and intense social division—separating people along lines of religion, political conviction, race, ethnicity, and sometimes gender. How did this happen? In Conformity,... More Info

Queer Times, Black Futures

NYU Press | April 16, 2019 | 288 pages
A serious intellectual engagement with Afrofuturism and the philosophical questions of space and time Queer Times, Black Futures considers the promises and pitfalls of imagination, technology, futurity, and liberation as they have persisted in and through racial capitalism. Kara Keeling explores... More Info

The Politicization of Safety

NYU Press | February 26, 2019 | 416 pages
A look at gun control, campus sexual assault, immigration, and more that considers the future of responses to domestic violence Domestic violence is commonly assumed to be a bipartisan, nonpolitical issue, with politicians of all stripes claiming to work to end family violence. Nevertheless, the... More Info

Social Media Entertainment

NYU Press | February 26, 2019 | 368 pages
How the transformation of social media platforms and user-experience have redefined the entertainment industry In a little over a decade, competing social media platforms, including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, have given rise to a new creative industry: social media... More Info


NYU Press | March 19, 2019 | 224 pages
An introduction to antiracism, a powerful tradition crucial for energizing American democracy On August 12, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia, a rally of white nationalists and white supremacists culminated in the death of a woman murdered in the street. Those events made clear that racism is... More Info


NYU Press | February 5, 2019 | 304 pages
The fascinating story behind the innocence movement's quest for justice. Documentaries like Making a Murderer, the first season of Serial, and the cause célèbre that was the West Memphis Three captured the attention of millions and focused the national discussion on wrongful convictions. This... More Info

The Identity Trade

NYU Press | February 19, 2019 | 320 pages
The successes and failures of an industry that claims to protect and promote our online identities What does privacy mean in the digital era? As technology increasingly blurs the boundary between public and private, questions about who controls our data become harder and harder to answer. Our every... More Info

Fake Geek Girls

NYU Press | April 16, 2019 | 304 pages
Reveals the systematic marginalization of women within pop culture fan communities When Ghostbusters returned to the screen in 2016, some male fans of the original film boycotted the all-female adaptation of the cult classic, turning to Twitter to express their disapproval and making it clear that... More Info

Spaces of Security

NYU Press | January 22, 2019 | 280 pages
An ethnographic investigation into the dynamics between space and security in countries around the world It is difficult to imagine two contexts as different as a soccer stadium and a panic room. Yet, they both demonstrate dynamics of the interplay between security and space. This book focuses on... More Info

Illegal Encounters

NYU Press | February 19, 2019 | 256 pages
The impact of the U.S. immigration and legal systems on children and youth In the United States, millions of children are undocumented migrants or have family members who came to the country without authorization. The unique challenges with which these children and youth must cope demand special... More Info

Arab New York

NYU Press | February 26, 2019 | 224 pages
From Bay Ridge to Astoria, political action in Arab New York Arab Americans are a numerically small proportion of the US population yet have been the target of a disproportionate amount of political scrutiny. Most non-Arab Americans know little about what life is actually like within Arab... More Info


NYU Press | April 1, 2019 | 320 pages
An intellectual history of America's water management philosophy Humans take more than their geological share of water, but they do not benefit from it equally. This imbalance has created an era of intense water scarcity that affects the security of individuals, states, and the global economy. For... More Info

The Hollywood Jim Crow

NYU Press | February 5, 2019 | 240 pages
The story of racial hierarchy in the American film industry The #OscarsSoWhite campaign, and the content of the leaked Sony emails which revealed, among many other things, that a powerful Hollywood insider didn’t believe that Denzel Washington could “open” a western genre film, provide... More Info

Netflix Nations

NYU Press | January 8, 2019 | 240 pages
How streaming services and internet distribution have transformed global television culture. Television, once a broadcast medium, now also travels through our telephone lines, fiber optic cables, and wireless networks. It is delivered to viewers via apps, screens large and small, and media players... More Info

Citizen Spies

NYU Press | January 8, 2019 | 256 pages
The history of recruiting citizens to spy on each other in the United States. Ever since the revelations of whistleblower Edward Snowden, we think about surveillance as the data-tracking digital technologies used by the likes of Google, the National Security Administration, and the military. But in... More Info

After the Protests Are Heard

NYU Press | January 15, 2019 | 272 pages
When the protests are over, a guide to creating long-lasting social change beyond the barricades From the Women’s March in D.C. to #BlackLivesMatter rallies across the country, there has been a rising wave of protests and social activism. These events have been an important part of the battle to... More Info

Feminist Accountability

NYU Press | December 4, 2018 | 280 pages
Explores accountability as a framework for building movements to transform systemic oppression and violence What does it take to build communities to stand up to injustice and create social change? How do we work together to transform, without reproducing, systems of violence and oppression?In an... More Info

Growing Up Queer

NYU Press | November 27, 2018 | 224 pages
LGBTQ kids reveal what it’s like to be young and queer today Growing Up Queer explores the changing ways that young people are now becoming LGBT-identified in the US. Through interviews and three years of ethnographic research at an LGBTQ youth drop-in center, Mary Robertson focuses on the voices... More Info

Fight the Power

NYU Press | December 20, 2018 | 336 pages
A story of resistance, power and politics as revealed through New York City’s complex history of police brutality The 2014 killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri was the catalyst for a national conversation about race, policing, and injustice. The subsequent killings of other black (often... More Info

Whose Global Village?

NYU Press | December 4, 2018 | 272 pages
A call to action to include marginalized, non-western communities in the continuously expanding digital revolution In the digital age, technology has shrunk the physical world into a “global village,” where we all seem to be connected as an online community as information travels to the... More Info

On Infertile Ground

NYU Press | November 13, 2018 | 224 pages
A critique of population control narratives reproduced by international development actors in the 21st century Since the turn of the millennium, American media, scientists, and environmental activists have insisted that the global population crisis is “back”—and that the only way to avoid... More Info

Are Racists Crazy?

NYU Press | September 4, 2018 | 368 pages
The connection and science behind race, racism, and mental illness In 2012, an interdisciplinary team of scientists at the University of Oxford reported that - based on their clinical experiment - the beta-blocker drug, Propranolol, could reduce implicit racial bias among its users. Shortly after... More Info

By Any Media Necessary

NYU Press | November 6, 2018 | 352 pages
The participatory politics and civic engagement of youth in the digital age. Read Online at There is a widespread perception that the foundations of American democracy are dysfunctional, public trust in core institutions is eroding, and little is likely to emerge from... More Info

Beyond Trans

NYU Press | September 18, 2018 | 208 pages
Goes beyond transgender to question the need for gender classification. Beyond Trans pushes the conversation on gender identity to its limits: questioning the need for gender categories in the first place. Whether on birth certificates or college admissions applications or on bathroom doors, why do... More Info

We Are Data

NYU Press | November 6, 2018 | 320 pages
What identity means in an algorithmic age: how it works, how our lives are controlled by it, and how we can resist it Algorithms are everywhere, organizing the near limitless data that exists in our world. Derived from our every search, like, click, and purchase, algorithms determine the news we... More Info

Catch and Release

NYU Press | January 2, 2018 | 224 pages
The unexpected and fascinating interspecies relationship between humans and horseshoe crabs. Horseshoe crabs are considered both a prehistoric and indicator species. They have not changed in tens of millions of years and provide useful data to scientists who monitor the health of the environment.... More Info

From Commune to Capitalism

NYU Press | June 22, 2018 | 224 pages
In the early 1980s, China undertook a massive reform that dismantled its socialist rural collectives and divided the land among millions of small peasant families. Known as the decollectivization campaign, it is one of the most significant reforms in China's transition to a market economy. From the... More Info

Culture as Politics

NYU Press | March 22, 2018 | 192 pages
Considered by many to be the most innovative British Marxist writer of the twentieth century, Christopher Caudwell was killed in the Spanish Civil War at the age of 29. Although already a published writer of aeronautic texts and crime fiction, he was practically unknown to the public until reviews... More Info

Trump in the White House

NYU Press | October 23, 2017 | 144 pages
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Health Care Under the Knife

NYU Press | March 15, 2018 | 344 pages
Disobedience : doctor workers unite!  More Info

Mapping My Way Home

NYU Press | November 22, 2017 | 304 pages
Stephanie Urdang was born in Cape Town, South Africa, into a white, Jewish family staunchly opposed to the apartheid regime. In 1967, at the age of twenty-three, no longer able to tolerate the grotesque iniquities and oppression of apartheid, she chose exile and emigrated to the United States.... More Info

A Foodie's Guide to Capitalism

NYU Press | October 24, 2017 | 256 pages
Capitalism drives our global food system. Everyone who wants to end hunger, who wants to eat good, clean, healthy food, needs to understand capitalism. This book will help do that. In his latest book, Eric Holt-Giménez takes on the social, environmental, and economic crises of the capitalist mode... More Info

Modern Imperialism, Monopoly Finance Capital, and Marx's Law of Value

NYU Press | February 22, 2018 | 280 pages
Unlike such obvious forms of oppression as feudalism or slavery, capitalism has been able to survive through its genius for disguising corporate profit imperatives as opportunities for individual human equality and advancement. But it was the genius of Karl Marx, in his masterwork, Capital, to... More Info

Ctrl + Z

NYU Press | May 1, 2018 | 256 pages
A gripping insight into the digital debate over data ownership, permanence and policy “This is going on your permanent record!” is a threat that has never held more weight than it does in the Internet Age, when information lasts indefinitely. The ability to make good on that threat is as... More Info

Spreadable Media

NYU Press | April 3, 2018 | 352 pages
"Spreadable Media" maps fundamental changes taking place in the contemporary media environment, a space where corporations no longer tightly control media distribution. This book challenges some of the prevailing frameworks used to describe contemporary media.  More Info

Struggling for Ordinary

NYU Press | March 6, 2018 | 224 pages
An in-depth look at the role of media in the struggle for transgender inclusion From television shows like Orange is the New Black and Transparent, to the real-life struggles of Caitlyn Jenner splashed across the headlines, transgender visibility is on the rise. But what was it like to live as a... More Info

Feminist Manifestos

NYU Press | April 3, 2018 | 704 pages
A wide-reaching collection of groundbreaking feminist documents from around the world. Feminist Manifestos is an unprecedented collection of 150 documents from feminist organizations and gatherings in over 50 countries over the course of three centuries. In the first book of its kind, the... More Info

The Life and Death of Latisha King

NYU Press | March 20, 2018 | 192 pages
What can the killing of a transgender teen can teach us about the violence of misreading gender identity as sexual identity? The Life and Death of Latisha King examines a single incident, the shooting of 15-year-old Latisha King by 14-year-old Brian McInerney in their junior high school classroom... More Info

Wife, Inc.

NYU Press | April 3, 2018 | 272 pages
A fascinating look at the changing role of wives in modern America After a half century of battling for gender equality, women have been freed from the necessity of securing a husband for economic stability, sexual fulfillment, or procreation. Marriage is a choice, and increasingly women (and men)... More Info

Empire in the Air

NYU Press | December 12, 2017 | 224 pages
Examines the role that race played in the inception of the airline industry Empire in the Air is at once a history of aviation, and an examination of how air travel changed lives along the transatlantic corridor of the African diaspora. Focusing on Britain and its Caribbean colonies, Chandra... More Info

Karl Marx’s Ecosocialism

NYU Press | October 24, 2017 | 368 pages
Reveals the ideal of a sustainable ecosocialist world in Marx’s writings Karl Marx, author of what is perhaps the world’s most resounding and significant critique of bourgeois political economy, has frequently been described as a “Promethean.” According to critics, Marx held an inherent... More Info

The National Question

NYU Press | June 20, 2019 | 320 pages
Provocative writings on the question of national self-determination and its relationship with socialism.  More Info

Meth Wars

NYU Press | December 6, 2016 | 304 pages
From the hit television series Breaking Bad, to daily news reports, anti-drug advertising campaigns and highly publicized world-wide hunts for “narcoterrorists” such as Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the drug, methamphetamine occupies a unique and important space in the public’s imagination.... More Info

Black Performance on the Outskirts of the Left

NYU Press | August 22, 2017 | 248 pages
Articulates the role black theatricality played in the radical energy of the sixties Black Performance on the Outskirts of the Left illustrates the black political ideas that radicalized the artistic endeavors of musicians, playwrights, and actors beginning in the 1960s. These ideas paved the way... More Info

The Gang's All Queer

NYU Press | August 15, 2017 | 312 pages
The first inside look at gay gang members. Many people believe that gangs are made up of violent thugs who are in and out of jail, and who are hyper-masculine and heterosexual. In The Gang’s All Queer, Vanessa Panfil introduces us to a different world. Meet gay gang members – sometimes referred... More Info

No Shortcut to Change

NYU Press | August 15, 2017 | 288 pages
A critical examination of the weaknesses inherent in international gender policy. Gender equality has become a central aspect of global governance and development in the 21st century. States increasingly promote women in government, ensure women’s economic rights and protect women from violence,... More Info

The Political Thought of America’s Founding Feminists

NYU Press | July 11, 2017 | 320 pages
Recovering the powerful and influential contributions of women from the nation’s formative years. The Political Thought of America’s Founding Feminists traces the significance of Frances Wright, Harriet Martineau, Angelina and Sarah Grimké, Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Sojourner... More Info

Domestic Workers of the World Unite!

NYU Press | July 25, 2017 | 320 pages
From grassroots to global activism, the untold story of the world's first domestic workers' movement. Domestic workers exist on the margins of the world labor market. Maids, nannies, housekeepers, au pairs, and other care workers are most often ‘off the books,’ working for long hours and low... More Info

Her Own Hero

NYU Press | August 8, 2017 | 288 pages
The surprising roots of the self-defense movement and the history of women’s empowerment. At the turn of the twentieth century, women famously organized to demand greater social and political freedoms like gaining the right to vote. However, few realize that the Progressive Era also witnessed the... More Info