Evelyn Alsultany, Broken: The Failed Promise of Muslim Inclusion, 2022 (NYU Press) Lanita Jacobs, To Be Real: Truth and Racial Authenticity in African American Standup Comedy, 2022 (Oxford University Press) Natalia Molina, A Place at the Nayarit
How a Mexican Restaurant Nourished a Community, 2022 (University of California Press)
Leland T. Saito, Building Downtown Los Angeles
The Politics of Race and Place in Urban America, 2022 (Stanford University Press)
South Central Dreams
Nayan Shah, Refusal to Eat: A Century of Prison Hunger Strikes, 2022 (University of California Press) John Carlos Rowe, Our Henry James in Fiction, Film, and Popular Culture, 2022 (Routledge) Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo & Manuel Pastor,
South Central Dreams
Finding Home and Building Community in South L.A., 2021 (NYU Press)
Shawn McDaniel, Centenary Subjects: Race, Reason, and Rupture in the Americas, 2021 (Vanderbilt University Press)
George J. Sanchez, Boyle Heights: How a Los Angeles Neighborhood Became the Future of American Democracy, 2021 (University of California Press) Chris Benner & Manuel Pastor, Solidarity Economics: Why Mutuality and Movements Matter, 2021 (Polity) Amelia Jones, In-Between Subjects: A Critical Genealogy of Queer Performance, 2020 (Routledge)

Lydie Moudileno, Etienne Achille, Charles Forsdick, Postcolonial Realms of Memory: Sites and Symbols in Modern France, 2020 (Liverpool University Press) Sarah M. A. Gualtieri, Arab Routes: Pathways to Syrian California, 2019 (Stanford University Press) Karen Tongson, Why Karen Carpenter Matters, 2019 (Univ of Texas Press) Natalia Molina (Editor), Daniel Martinez HoSang (Editor), Ramón A. Gutiérrez (Editor),  Relational Formations of Race: Theory, Method, and Practice, 2019 (UC Press)
Dorinne Kondo, Worldmaking: Race, Performance, and the Work of Creativity, 2019 (Duke Univ. Press) Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives, 2018 (Abrams) Juan De Lara, Inland Shift: Race, Space, and Capital in Southern California, 2018 (University of California Press) Manuel Pastor, State of Resistance: What California’s Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Mean for America’s Future, 2018 (The New Press)
Adrian De Leon, Rouge Poetry, 2018 (Mawenzi House) Viet Thanh Nguyen.  The Refugees, 2017 (Grove Press) Viet Thanh Nguyen, Flashpoints for Asian American Studies, 2017 (Fordham University Press) Dana Johnson, In the Not Quite Dark, 2016 (Counterpoint Press)
Viet Thanh Nguyen.  Nothing Ever Dies:  Vietnam and the Memory of War, 2016 (Harvard University Press) Chris Benner & Manuel Pastor. Equity, Growth, and Community: What the Nation Can Learn From America’s Metro Areas, 2015 (California, University of California Press) Janet Hoskins & Viet Thanh Nguyen. Transpacific Studies: Framing an Emerging Field, 2015 (University of Hawaii Press) Viet Thanh Nguyen. The Sympathizer, 2015 (Grove/Atlantic)
Josh Kun, To Live and Dine in L.A.: Menus and the Making of the Modern City, 2015 (Angel City Press) Evelyn Alsultany (Editor), Rabab Abdulhadi (Editor), Nadine Naber (Editor),  Arab and Arab American Feminisms: Gender Violence, and Belonging, 2015 (Syracuse Univ Press) Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo. Paradise Transplanted: Migration and the Making of California Gardens, 2014 (University of California Press) Robeson Taj Frazier. The East Is Black: Cold War China in the Black Radical Imagination, 2014 (Duke University Press Books)
Laura Isabel Serna. Making Cinelandia: American Films and Mexican Film Culture before the Golden Age, 2014 (Duke University Press Books) Natalia Molina, How Race is Made in America: Immigration, Citizenship, and the Historical Power of Racial Scripts, 2014 (UC Press) Josh Kun and Laura Pulido(editors).  Black and Brown in Los Angeles:  Beyond Conflict and Coalition, 2013 (University of California Press) Edwin C. Hill JR. Black Soundscapes White Stages: The Meaning of Francophone Sound in the Black Atlantic, 2013 (Johns Hopkins University Press)
Sarah Banet-Weiser. Authentic TM:the Politics of Ambivalence in a Brand Culture. 2012 (NYU Press) Manuel Pastor, Just Growth: Inclusion and Prosperity in America’s Metropolitan Regions, 2012 (Routledge) Amelia Jones.  Seeing Differently:  A History and Theory of Identification and the Visual Arts, 2012 (Routledge) Jody Aguis Vallejo. Barrios To Burbs: The Making of the Mexican American Middle Class, 2012 (Stanford University Press)
Felix Gutierrez, Racism, Sexism, and the Media: Multicultural Issues Into the New Communications Age, 2012 (SAGE Publications) Dana Johnson, Elsewhere, California, 2012 (Singapore Books) Nayan Shah, Stranger Intimacy: Contesting Race, Sexuality and the Law in the North American West, 2012 (University of California Press) Sherman Jackson, Sufism for Non-Sufis?: Ibn ‘Ata’ Allah al-Sakandari’s Taj al-‘Arus, 2012 (Oxford Univ Press USA)


George Sanchez, Beyond Alliances: The Jewish Role in Reshaping the Racial Landscape of Southern California, 2012 (Purdue University Press)

Oneka LaBennett (Editor), Daniel HoSang (Editor), Laura Pulido (Editor), Racial Formation in the Twenty-First Century, September 2012 (UC Press)

Evelyn Alsultany, Arabs and Muslims in the Media: Race and Representation after 9/11, August 2012 (NYU Press)

Oneka LaBennett, She’s Mad Real: Popular Culture and West Indian Girls in Brooklyn, 2011 (NYU Press)
John Carlos Rowe. Afterlives of Modernism: Liberalism, Transnationalism, and Political Critique, 2011 (Dartmouth) Karen Tongson. Relocations: Queer Suburban Imaginaries, 2011 (New York University) John Carlos Rowe (Editor), Winfried Fluck (Editor), Donald E. Pease (Editor), Re-Framing the Transnational Turn in American Studies (Re-Mapping the Transnational: A Dartmouth Series in American Studies), 2011 (Dartmouth) Evelyn Alsultany (Editor), Ella Schohat (Editor), Between the Middle East and the Americas: The Cultural Politics of Diaspora, 2010 (Univ of Michigan Press)
Judith Fossett, Illuminated Darkness: Slavery and Its Shadow in the Long Nineteenth Century, 2010(The University of North Carolina Press) Alice Echols. Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture, 2010 (W. W. Norton & Co.) Manuel Pastor, Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America’s Future, 2010 (W. W. Norton & Company) Amelia Jones, The Feminism and Visual Culture Reader, 2010 (Routledge)
Peter C. Mancall, Fatal Journey: The Final Expedition of Henry Hudson, 2010 (Basic Books) John Carlos Rowe (editor), A Concise Companion to American Studies (Blackwell Companions in Cultural Studies), 2010 (Wiley-Blackwell) Sarah Gualtieri, Between Arab and White: Race and Ethnicity in the Early Syrian American Diaspora, 2009 (Univ of California Press) Dorinne Kondo, Crafting Selves: Power, Gender, and Discourses of Identity in a Japanese Workplace, 2009 (University of Chicago Press)
Sherman Jackson, Islam and the Problem of Black Suffering, 2009 (Oxford University Press) George Sanchez, Civic Engagement in the Wake of Katrina, 2009 (University of Michigan Press) María Elena Martínez, Genealogical Fictions: Limpieza de Sangre, Religion, and Gender in Colonial Mexico, 2008 (Stanford University Press) Todd Boyd, Young, Black, Rich, and Famous: The Rise of the NBA, the Hip Hop Invasion, and the Transformation of American Culture, 2008 (Bison Books)
Sarah Banet-Weiser, Kids Rule! Nickelodeon and Consumer Citizenship, 2007 (Duke University Press) Lydie Moudileno, Padres Postcoloniales, 2007 (Karthala) Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, Domestica: Immigrant Workers Cleaning and Caring in the Shadows of Affluence, 2007 (University of California Press) Francille Rusan Wilson. The Segregated Scholars: Black Social Scientists and the Creation of Black Labor Studies, 1890-1950, 2006 (Univ of Virginia Press)
Lanita Jacobs-Huey. From the Kitchen to the Parlor: Language and Becoming in African American Women’s Hair Care, 2006 (Oxford University Press) Natalia Molina, Fit to Be Citizens? : Public Health and Race in Los Angeles, 1879-1939, 2006 (UC Press) John Carlos Rowe, The New American Studies, 2005, (University of Minnesota Press) Sherman Jackson, Islam and the Blackamerican: Looking Toward the Third Resurrection, 2005 (Oxford University Press)
David Román. Performance in America: Contemporary U.S. Culture and the Performing Arts, 2005 (Duke University) Josh Kun, Audiotopia: Music, Race, and America, 2005 (Univ. of California Press) Viet Thanh Nguyen. Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America (Race & American Culture), 2002 (Oxford University Press) Sherman Jackson, On the Boundaries of Theological Tolerance in Islam: Abū Ḥāmid Al-Ghāzalīʼs Fayṣal Al-Tafriqa Bayna Al-Islam Wa Al-zandaqa, 2002 (Oxford Univ Press)
Alice Echols. Shaky Ground: The Sixties and Its Aftershocks, 2002 (Columbia University) Dana Johnson, Break Any Woman Down: Stories, 2001 (Anchor Books) Nayan Shah, Contagious Divides: Epidemics and Race in San Francisco’s Chinatown, 2001 (Univ. California Press) Philip J. Ethington, The Public City: The Political Construction of Urban Life in San Francisco, 1850-1900, 2001 (University of California Press)
John Carlos Rowe. Post-Nationalist American Studies, 2000 (University of California) John Carlos Rowe. Literary Culture and U.S. Imperialism: From the Revolution to World War II, 2000 (Oxford University Press) Alice Echols, Scars of Sweet Paradise: The Life and Times of Janis Joplin, 2000 (Henry Holt and Company) Sarah Banet-Weiser. The Most Beautiful Girl in the World, 1999 (University of California Press)
David Roman, Acts of Intervention
Performance, Gay Culture, and AIDS, 1998 (Indiana University Press)
Dorinne Kondo, About Face
Performing Race in Fashion and Theater, 1997 (Routledge)
Todd Edward Boyd, Am I Black Enough for You?: Popular Culture from the ‘Hood and Beyond, 1997 (Indiana University Press) George J. Sanchez, Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture, and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945, 1995 (Oxford University Press)

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