New Books by University of Arkansas Faculty

by | Mar 23, 2020 | Features, Spring 2020

Each semester we list new books published by University of Arkansas faculty. Spring 2020 features books by researchers in law, history and creative writing. If you’ve recently published a book, get in touch with us at and we’ll include it in the next edition of Research Frontiers.

More Auspicious Shores: Barbadian Migration to Liberia, Blackness, and the Making of an African Republic
Caree Banton
Cambridge University Press

“In 1865, 346 Afro-Barbadians fled a failed post-emancipation Caribbean for the independent black republic of Liberia,” writes publisher Cambridge University Press. “They saw Liberia as a means of achieving their post-emancipation goals and promoting a pan-Africanist agenda while simultaneously fulfilling their ‘civilizing’ and ‘Christianizing’ duties. Through a close examination of the Afro-Barbadians, Caree A. Banton provides a transatlantic approach to understanding the political and sociocultural consequences of their migration and settlement in Africa.” Banton is an associate professor in the Department of History.

American Islamophobia
Khaled Beydoun
University of California Press

“Using his unique lens as a critical race theorist and law professor, Khaled A. Beydoun captures the many ways in which law, policy, and official state rhetoric have fueled the frightening resurgence of Islamophobia in the United States,” writes publisher University of California Press. “Beydoun charts its long and terrible history, from the plight of enslaved African Muslims in the antebellum South and the laws prohibiting Muslim immigrants from becoming citizens to the ways the war on terror assigns blame for any terrorist act to Islam and the myriad trials Muslim Americans face in the Trump era.” Beydoun is an associate professor at the School of Law.

The Legacy of J. William Fulbright: Policy, Power, and Ideology
Alessandro Brogi, editor
University Press of Kentucky

“This insightful collection of essays details the political life of one of the most prominent and gifted American statesmen of the twentieth century,” writes publisher The University Press of Kentucky. “From his early training in international law to his five terms in the U.S. Senate, J. William Fulbright (1905–1995) had a profound influence on US foreign policy, and his vision for mutual understanding shaped the extraordinary exchange program bearing his name.” Brogi is a professor in the Department of History.

Night Angler
Geffrey Davis
BOA Editions LTD

The newest collection of poems from Geffrey Davis, assistant professor of poetry in the Program in Creative Writing and Translation, is a thought-provoking look at what it means to raise a family. “In poems that express a deep sense of gratitude and wonder, Davis delivers a heart-strong prayer that longs for home, for safety for black lives, and for the messy success of breaking through the trauma of growing up during the 1980s crack epidemic to create a new model of fatherhood,” writes Davis’ publisher, BOA Editions LTD. Davis received a 2019 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, the A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize, and fellowships from Bread Loaf and Cave Canem.

William Livingston’s American Revolution
James Gigantino II
University of Pennsylvania Press

“William Livingston’s American Revolution explores how New Jersey’s first governor experienced the American Revolution and managed a state government on the war’s front lines,” writes publisher University of Pennsylvania Press. “A wartime bureaucrat, Livingston played a pivotal role in a pivotal place, prosecuting the war on a daily basis for eight years. Such second-tier founding fathers as Livingston were the ones who actually administered the war and guided the day-to-day operations of revolutionary-era governments, serving as the principal conduits between the local wartime situation and the national demands placed on the states.” Gigantino is the chair of the Department of History.

Cases on Teaching Sexuality Education to Individuals with Autism
Peggy Schaefer Whitby
IGI Global

“Cases on Teaching Sexuality Education to Individuals with Autism is a critical scholarly resource that provides real case studies that show teachers, behavior analysts, and other stakeholders how to address sexuality education and problem behaviors using evidence-based practices,” writes publisher IGI Global. “The case studies detail how teachers and therapists make treatment decisions, include family values and cultural beliefs in treatment, and use data to drive treatment decisions. Featuring a wide range of topics such as developmental disabilities, psychosexual development, and special education, this book is ideal for teachers, parents, therapists, behavior analysts, educational professionals, academicians, administrators, curriculum developers, researchers, and students.” Schaefer Whitby is an associate professor in Curriculum and Instruction.

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