Elizabeth Branch Dyson
I acquire the books for the Press in education, ethnomusicology and other music, and philosophy. After majoring in English literature and music at Yale, I taught middle school for three years before joining the Press in 2000. I welcome books on education in a wide variety of areas—from early childhood education to higher ed—and for both scholarly and general audiences. Recent education books include Alexandria Walton Radford’s Top Student, Top School? How Social Class Shapes Where Valedictorians Go to College, Maia Bloomfield Cucchiara’s Marketing Schools, Marketing Cities: Who Wins and Who Loses When Schools Become Urban Amenities, Danielle Allen and Rob Reich’s Education, Justice, and Democracy, and Frank Furstenberg’s Behind the Academic Curtain: How to Find Success and Happiness with a PhD. I am proud to sponsor the award-winning Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology series—our most recent addition to the series is Joshua Tucker’s Gentleman Troubadours and Andean Pop Stars: Huayno Music, Media Work, and Ethnic Imaginaries in Urban Peru—as well as other books on music, such as Bob Gluck’s You’ll Know When You Get There: Herbie Hancock and the Mwandishi Band and Andrew S. Berish’s Lonesome Roads and Streets of Dreams: Place, Mobility, and Race in Jazz of the 1930s and '40s. And I am seeking new kinds of books for Chicago’s philosophy list—particularly philosophy that has an impact on other disciplines. Recent titles include Jessica Wiskus’s The Rhythm of Thought: Art, Literature, and Music after Merleau-Ponty, Kathleen Marie Higgins’s The Music between Us: Is Music a Universal Language?, and Sandra Laugier’s Why We Need Ordinary Language Philosophy.