Recent Publications


Staging the Absolute

Ritual in Russia's Modern Era (University of Toronto Press, 2024)
Thomas Seifrid, 2018–2020 Director


Dreams in Double Time

On Race, Freedom, and Bebop (Duke University Press, 2023)
Jonathan Leal, 2020–2022 Postdoctoral Fellow


Queer Viewers and the TV That Soothes Us (NYU Press, 2023)
Karen Tongson, 2023–2025 Faculty Fellow

The Overlooked Americans

The Resilience of Our Rural Towns and What It Means for Our Country (Basic Books, 2023)
Elizabeth Currid-Halkett, 2018-2019, 2020-202 Faculty Fellow


Refusal to Eat

A Century of Prison Hunger Strikes (University of California Press, 2022)
Nayan Shah, 2018–2020 Faculty Fellow

How Machines Came to Speak

Media Technologies and Freedom of Speech (Duke University Press, 2022)
Jennifer Peterson, 2021–2023 Faculty Fellow

After Life

A Collective History of Loss and Redemption in Pandemic America (Haymarket Books, 2022)
Rhae Lynn Barnes, 2016–2018 Postdoctoral Fellow, with Keri Leigh Merritt and Yohuru Williams


Ringleaders of Redemption

How Medieval Dance Became Sacred (Oxford University Press, 2021)
Kathryn Dickason, 2018–2020 Postdoctoral Fellow

Ownership and Inheritance in Sanskrit Jurisprudence

Oxford University Press, 2021
Christopher Fleming, 2018–2020 Postdoctoral Fellow

An Unholy Brew

Alcohol in Indian History and Religions (Oxford University Press, 2021)
James McHugh, 2016–2018 Faculty Fellow

Contemporary Painting (World of Art)

Thames and Hudson, 2021
Suzanne P. Hudson, 2018–2020 Faculty Fellow


The Deportation Machine

America's Long History of Expelling Immigrants (Princeton Univ. Press, 2020)
Adam Goodman, 2014–2016 Postdoctoral Fellow

Jet Age Aesthetic

The Glamour of Media in Motion (Yale University Press, 2020)
Vanessa Schwartz, 2016–2018 Faculty Fellow

South to Freedom

Runaway Slaves to Mexico and the Road to the Civil War (Basic Books, 2020)
Alice Baumgartner, 2019–2021 Postdoctoral Fellow

Sara Sligar, 2018-2020 Postdoctoral Fellow Take Me Apart (Farrar, Straus and Giroux Macmillian, 2020)

Take Me Apart

Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2020
Sara Sligar, 2018–2020 Postdoctoral Fellow

Postcolonial Realms of Memory

Sites and Symbols in Modern France (Liverpool University Press, 2020)
Lydie Moudileno, 2018–2020 Faculty Fellow, with Etienne Achille and Charles Forsdick