JHU Press Announcements
by eea | Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 1:30 PMJohns Hopkins University Press is excited to announce that Patrick McCray, Kate McDonald, and Asif Siddiqi are the new editors for the influential and long-running book series Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology. While the series has, broadly speaking, been primarily oriented toward studies of US technologies, especially in the period before 1970, McCray, McDonald, and Siddiqi will expand the series to reflect the way the field has broadened in the 21st century. The new editors seek projects with a global scope along with those that combine the history of technology with the history of science, medicine, and the environment. The renewed series will showcase more diverse topics, authors, and approaches, while continuing to emphasize histories of technologies and the high standards established by the previous editor, Merritt Roe Smith.
The new editors bring a complementary set of experiences and expertise to the series. McCray has written widely about 20th-century technologies; McDonald is an expert on technology in modern Japan, mobility studies, and historiography; and Siddiqi is an expert on Soviet and post-colonial technologies as well as South Asian topics. Each of the series editors also has valuable experience editing or managing journals. McCray was the editor of Osiris for five years and has served on the editorial boards of Isis and Technology and Culture, and McDonald serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Asian Studies. Siddiqi co-edits the Technology in Motion short monographs series sponsored by the Society for the History of Technology and published by JHUP.
Patrick McCray is professor of history at University of California, Santa Barbara where he researches, writes, and teaches about the histories of modern technology and science. His most recent book is Making Art Work: How Cold War Engineers and Artists Forged a New Creative Culture (MIT Press, 2020). Kate McDonald is associate professor of history at University of California, Santa Barbara. A historian of Japan and the history of technology, McDonald is the author of Placing Empire: Travel and Social Imagination in Imperial Japan (University of California Press, 2017). Asif Siddiqi is professor of history at Fordham University where he is also Director of the O’Connell Initiative on the Global History of Capitalism. Among his many publications is the book The Rocket’s Red Glare: Spaceflight and the Soviet Imagination, 1857-1957 (Cambridge University Press, 2010).
Contact Matt McAdam, JHUP senior editor for the history of science, technology, and medicine, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to submit proposal materials.
To learn more about books in this series, visit: https://jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu/series/johns-hopkins-studies-history-technology
Coming soon: The Silent Shore: The Lynching of Matthew Williams and the Politics of Racism in the Free State
by eea | Monday, February 8, 2021 - 11:56 AM
Johns Hopkins University Press is proud to publish Charles L. Chavis, Jr.'s The Silent Shore: The Lynching of Matthew Williams and the Politics of Racism in the Free State later this year. To receive exclusive updates on the book, click the link below.
On December 4, 1931, a mob of white men in Salisbury, Maryland, lynched and set ablaze a twenty-two-year-old Black man named Matthew Williams. His gruesome murder was part of a wave of silent white terrorism in the wake of the stock market crash of 1929, which exposed Black laborers to white rage in response to economic anxieties. For nearly a century, the lynching of Matthew Williams has lived in the shadows of the more well-known incidents of racial terror in the deep South, haunting both the Eastern Shore and the state of Maryland as a whole. In The Silent Shore, author Charles L. Chavis Jr. draws on his discovery of previously unreleased investigative documents to meticulously reconstruct the full story of one of the last lynchings in Maryland.
About the book
Bringing the painful truth of anti-Black violence to light, Chavis breaks the silence that surrounded Williams's death. Though Maryland lacked the notoriety for racial violence of Alabama or Mississippi, he writes, it nonetheless was the site of at least 40 spectacle lynchings after the abolition of slavery in 1864. Families of lynching victims rarely obtained any form of actual justice, but Williams's death would have a curious afterlife: the politically ambitious Governor Albert C. Ritchie would, in an attempt to position himself as a viable challenger to FDR, become one of the first governors in the United States to investigate the lynching death of a Black person. Richie tasked Patsy Johnson, a member of the Pinkerton detective agency and a former prizefighter, with going undercover in Salisbury and infiltrating the mob that murdered Williams. Johnson would eventually befriend a young local who admitted to participating in the lynching and who also named several local law enforcement officers as ringleaders. Despite this, a grand jury, after hearing 124 witness statements, declined to indict the perpetrators. But this denial of justice galvanized Governor Ritchie's Interracial Commission, which would become one of the pioneering forces in the early civil rights movement in Maryland.
Complicating historical narratives associated with the history of lynching in the city of Salisbury, The Silent Shore explores the immediate and lingering effect of Williams's death on the politics of racism in the United States, the Black community in Salisbury, the broader Eastern Shore, the state of Maryland, and the legacy of "modern-day lynchings."
About the authorCharles L. Chavis Jr. (FAIRFAX, VA) is an assistant professor of conflict resolution and history at George Mason University, where he is the director of the John Mitchell, Jr. Program for History, Justice, and Race at the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution. The national co-chair for the United States Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Movement and the vice chair of the Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission, he is the coeditor of For the Sake of Peace: Africana Perspectives on Racism, Justice, and Peace in America.
For media inquiries, email Kathryn Marguy: email@example.com
by jmh | Tuesday, January 5, 2021 - 4:24 PM
to consider the future and cap its 25th anniversary year
MUSE Meets 2021: Envision What’s Next begins with an online conversation in January to connect stakeholders and help shape the agenda for a virtual conference in April
Project MUSE, the leading platform of scholarly journals and books in the humanities and social sciences, will host a wide-ranging conversation about the future of digital publishing in the humanities and social sciences that starts online in January with brainstorming and discussion and culminates in April with a virtual conference.
MUSE Meets 2021: Envision What’s Next begins with an opportunity for librarians, publishers, and other stakeholders to shape the focus of the April conference using IdeaScale, a user-friendly virtual brainstorming platform. From January 5-31, participants can visit the dedicated website, https://projectmuse.ideascale.com/, to create an account and suggest the important issues and questions that should be addressed by speakers, panels, and roundtables at the virtual conference from April 27-30.
The platform allows participants to vote and comment on suggestions, track the ideas that generate consensus and enthusiasm, and connect with colleagues who share similar concerns and priorities. The results will be available on the website and used by the MUSE staff to finalize the agenda and format of the virtual conference.
“We are looking for this input because we believe it’s vital to expand the conversation between the library and publishing communities and to welcome new perspectives,” noted Kelley Squazzo, the director of publisher relations for Project MUSE. “This challenging year has been a powerful reminder that we are all in this together, every voice has value, and we are strongest when we work together to envision the future and ensure the growth of digital humanities and social science content for years to come. We really want the community to shape this discussion.”
MUSE Meets 2021: Envision What’s Next is an expanded and reimagined version of MUSE’s annual publisher’s meeting. It aims to take full advantage of the online format to broaden the participation of key stakeholders throughout the academic community and launch a more inclusive discussion of the digital future of scholarly communications. The virtual gathering will also serve to cap MUSE’s 25th anniversary, which has been celebrated online this year after long-planned in person events were cancelled.
In addition to the usual forums and information sessions designed exclusively for MUSE’s participating publishers, the expanded conference in April will also include programming for librarians, scholars, and administrators, all free of charge. Most importantly, the reimagined format is designed to create new opportunities for the vast MUSE community to connect and interact, share ideas and concerns, and consider a future full of opportunities and challenges for digital scholarly communications. Every member of the academic community is welcome to participate.
“We are so excited to call on friends and colleagues throughout the community to help us identify the most pressing issues of the moment and gather the questions and topics that are truly top-of-mind,” commented Wendy Queen, director of Project MUSE. “Conversations among librarians and publishers in particular don’t happen often enough, and MUSE is uniquely positioned to bring them together. We also want to hear from scholars, journal editors, users, and other stakeholders. They are all our indispensable partners and we are eager for their input—in the January conversation, at the April conference, and in the years ahead as we ‘envision what’s next’ for Project MUSE.”
Mark your calendar for MUSE Meets 2021: Envision What’s Next:
- January 5 – Go to [link], set up an account, and join the conversation
- January 5-31– Suggest topics, speakers, and formats for the April conference; vote and comment (even if you don’t have topics to suggest); track results and connect with colleagues
- January 31 – Last day for online comments and voting
- Mid-March – Virtual conference final schedule is announced and registration opens; visit https://about.muse.jhu.edu/about/publishers-meeting/
- April 27: Virtual Conference Welcome & 25th Anniversary Celebration; Special Guest (TBA); Keynote Speaker, Kathleen Fitzpatrick (Open to all)
- April 28: Opening Remarks; Panel Presentation and Discussion: "Envision What's Next: Perspectives from Publishers, Librarians, and other Scholarly Publishing Stakeholders” (Open to all)
- April 29-30: Concurrent MUSE Participating Publisher Meetings (Current participating publishers only; sessions will be repeated ay varying time to accommodate varying time zones)
- April 30, 2 PM EDT: Closing Presentation by Project MUSE director Wendy Queen (Open to all)
by eea | Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 4:00 PMIt’s the holiday season and JHUP wants to help you celebrate! In addition to offering 40% off on ALL books 11/23/20 through 12/6/20, we are also running a holiday giveaway: 3 lucky individuals will win one FREE book each. To enter, quote retweet an eligible JHUP tweet (those that mention the giveaway or include the word “giveaway” in the text) with the title of the JHUP book you have your eyes on. We will raffle off winners at random after the conclusion of the sale and make sure the books reach their recipients before 12/21/20. Happy Tweeting!
No Purchase Necessary. To enter to win, contestants must quote retweet any JHUP post mentioning the giveaway with the book of their choosing. Entries accepted 11/23/20 to 11:59pm 12/6/20. Winner will be chosen at random on or before 12/8/20 and will be contacted on or before 12/10/20 through Twitter Direct Messaging. Open only to residents of the United States of America and Canada. Additional Restrictions Apply.
by jmh | Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 1:07 PMWebsite features a new video and timeline, comments from “25 MUSE Makers,” and a read-for-free collection of scholarly articles focused on the Digital Humanities
How do you celebrate a milestone anniversary during a pandemic? If you are Project MUSE, the massive online collection of humanities and social sciences content administered by Johns Hopkins University Press, you cancel in-person celebrations and postpone the launch of an online tribute to 25 years of innovation and service. Instead, you focus exclusively on using your digital resources and expertise to help a global academic community that is suddenly tasked with completing the spring semester remotely.
As the world adjusts to evolving and varied public health concerns, Project MUSE is looking back on a year like no other and proceeding with the launch of a long-planned anniversary website [https://muse.jhu.edu/25/] that collects the stories and celebrates the milestones of “25 years supporting digital scholarship.” The anniversary website features a new video, a timeline of the platform’s evolution and growth, and reflections from 25 current and former staff members and associates.
It also includes a new read-for-free curated selection of MUSE content from a variety of publishers called “MUSE in Focus: Charting the Digital Humanities.” The journal articles and books explore the history and theory behind digital humanities, trace its course through to the present, and chart the range of paths forward as scholarly communications adapt to an increasingly digital world.
“When the global health crisis hit the U.S. hard in March, we put the anniversary celebration on hold and turned our attention to helping the academic community however we could,” noted Project MUSE director Wendy Queen. While adjusting to working remotely themselves, the MUSE staff kept the platform running smoothly and quickly assembled and opened a special collection of scholarship relevant to the pandemic. Many MUSE publishers decided to make a huge amount of material temporarily free to access worldwide as teachers and students finished the work of the spring 2020 semester virtually, a move that prompted record-setting usage of the platform’s content.
“I’m so proud of our response to COVID,” said Queen, “and that we made it our priority. But we don’t want to lose the opportunity the 25th anniversary year gives us. MUSE has an amazing story to tell, and we have many friends to thank. We wanted to find the right way and the right time to acknowledge this milestone. We hope this anniversary ‘microsite’ does that.”
The anniversary content includes a new video celebrating the global community that has embraced and sustained MUSE for 25 years. An illustrated timeline follows the evolution of Project MUSE from its start as a grant-funded ‘experiment’ conducted by the Press and Library at Johns Hopkins in the early days of the World Wide Web. A gallery of “25 MUSE Makers” features current and former staff members and associates recalling the early challenges of launching the platform, commenting on key decisions about technology and content, and noting that success was not assured or inevitable.
But astounding success is at the heart of MUSE’s story. What began in 1995 as a pioneering effort to serve 12 humanities journals published by JHU Press to 53 subscribing institutions has grown into a platform with 3,000+ subscribing institutions in 77 countries; collections with 500,000+ journal articles and 1.3 million book chapters from 259 publishers; and 14 million downloads annually by users worldwide.
“As we started making plans for the 25th anniversary of Project MUSE in 2020, we looked forward to a unique opportunity to celebrate with friends and colleagues, express our gratitude, and begin a conversation about the future,” Queen wrote in a statement for the anniversary website. “COVID changed everything, of course. And, while this has not in any way been the year we imagined and planned for, 2020 has brought extraordinary opportunities to witness and participate in meaningful responses to the challenges posed by the pandemic. At some point, certainly, we’ll meet again in person to toast MUSE’s 25th (or 26th!). In the meantime, we’ll be grateful for 2020’s powerful reminders of the resilience, purpose, and utility of what our community has built together. And in that spirit, we cordially invite you to browse this 25th Anniversary website, where treasured friends and colleagues help us tell MUSE’s wonderful story of 25 years of service and achievement.”
Project MUSE is a leading provider of digital humanities and social sciences content for the scholarly community. Since 1995, the MUSE Journal Collections have supported a wide array of research needs at academic, public, special, and school libraries worldwide. MUSE is the trusted source of complete, full-text versions of scholarly journals from many of the world's leading university presses and scholarly societies, with over 120 publishers currently participating. Books on Project MUSE offers access to more than 57,000 books from over 100 presses, fully integrated with MUSE's scholarly journal content for browsing and discovery.
by jmh | Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 5:51 PM
A message from JHUP Director Barbara Kline Pope
We at Johns Hopkins University Press stand in solidarity against all forms of racial injustice and fully endorse the statement on equity and anti-racism recently released by the Association of University Presses. We recognize that race-based oppression runs deep through our country's history and remains built into the very structure of our society.
George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery are just three among countless lives taken because of structural racism and the white supremacy that drives it. We unequivocally believe that Black Lives Matter and that our society must embrace racial equity through real and lasting policy changes.
But what can we, as a university press, do to influence change? As a mission-driven publisher of evidence-based research, we believe our books and journal articles about race, history, and public health can help to stimulate and inform the deep conversations and actions necessary to enact meaningful reform. We offer these books and journals free to read on Project MUSE. It is our way of supporting all who work to bring anti-racist and equitable change to the United States and the world.
Barbara Kline Pope
Johns Hopkins University Press
by krm | Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 8:00 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kathryn Marguy
(410) 516-4162 KRM@press.jhu.edu
In record time, experts across Johns Hopkins University team up to publish Digital Contact Tracing for Pandemic Response: Ethics and Governance Guidance.
edited by Jeffrey P. Kahn and Johns Hopkins Project on Ethics and Governance of Digital Contact Tracing Technologies
Johns Hopkins University Press was pleased to be invited to partner with the Berman Institute of Bioethics in collaboration with the Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins to publish in record time, Digital Contact Tracing for Pandemic Response: Ethics and Governance Guidance. The project, led by Dr. Jeffrey P. Kahn, is a comprehensive report to help government, technology developers, business, institutional leaders, and the public make responsible decisions around use of digital contact tracing technology (DCTT), including smartphone apps and other tools, to fight COVID-19.
In the midst of the urgency cast by COVID-19, innovators worldwide are racing to develop and implement novel public-facing technology solutions to assist in contact tracing. With these new ideas for technology solutions comes the need to balance public values such as respecting civil liberties and controlling the pandemic.
The report’s primary conclusions and recommendations advise that privacy should not outweigh public health goals and other values; that big technology companies should not unilaterally set terms when such broad public interests are at stake; and that decisions about the technology and its uses will have to be constantly updated as new information becomes available.
Both the writing and publishing teams worked on a compressed timetable to provide critical and evidence-based advice to decision makers doing the important work of contact tracing. The publishing process, which traditionally takes months, was boiled down to mere days. Thanks to the dedicated work of Dr. Kahn’s team, JHUP’s team of publishers, and Project MUSE technologists, Hopkins has produced what is the essential resource for this fast-moving issue.
The book is available to read for free digitally on Project MUSE. Physical copies are available on JHUP’s website and wherever books are sold.
Johns Hopkins Project on Ethics and Governance of Digital Contact Tracing Technologies is a rapid research and expert consensus group effort led by the Berman Institute of Bioethics in collaboration with the Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins University. It draws on experts from both inside and outside Johns Hopkins in bioethics, health security, public health, technology development, engineering, public policy, and law. Jeffrey P. Kahn, PhD, MPH, is the Andreas C. Dracopoulos Director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. He is also the Levi Professor of Bioethics and Public Policy there, as well as a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. His research interests include the ethics of research, ethics and public health, and ethics and emerging biomedical technologies. He speaks widely both in the United States and abroad, and has published four books and over 125 articles in the academic literature. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and a fellow of the Hastings Center, and he has chaired or served on committees and panels for the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), where he is currently the chair of the Board on Health Sciences Policy and a member of the NAM Council. His education includes a BA in microbiology (University of California–Los Angeles, 1983), an MPH (Johns Hopkins University, 1988), and a PhD in philosophy (Georgetown University, 1989).
edited by Jeffrey P. Kahn and Johns Hopkins Project on Ethics and Governance of Digital Contact Tracing Technologies
160 Pages 6 x 9
978-1-4214-4061-3 paperback, $12.95
978-1-4214-4063-7 open-access ebook on Project MUSE
Publication date: 29 May 2020
by jmh | Monday, April 27, 2020 - 3:19 PM
Hopkins Fulfillment Services (HFS), a full-service print and e-book distributor and sales consortium for university presses and non-profit institutions, welcomes University of Alberta Press to its growing family of distinguished publishing partners. Starting June 1, 2020, HFS will provide warehousing, fulfillment, and sales representation in the US for the Press.
“With its focus on history, literature, and cultural studies, University of Alberta Press's strong list of respected publications will be right at home with HFS,” says HFS Director Davida Breier. “We're very pleased to be working with this distinguished Canadian university press and look forward to bringing their books to new readers in the US.”
UAlberta Press is a contemporary, award-winning publisher of scholarly and creative books in a variety of fields including Indigenous studies, critical race/gender/class studies, literary criticism, Canadian history, regional topics (Canadian West and North), urban studies, environmental studies, travel narratives, literary nonfiction, and poetry. Recent titles include Keetsahnak / Our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Sisters, edited by Kim Anderson, Maria Campbell, and Christi Belcourt; Power Play: Professional Hockey and the Politics of Urban Development, by Jay Scherer, David Mills, and Linda Sloan McCulloch; and An Autobiography of the Autobiography of Reading, by acclaimed poet and novelist Dionne Brand.
“In partnering with Hopkins Fulfillment Services, we join a number of other high-profile university presses including Johns Hopkins, Washington, Georgetown, and South Carolina. This arrangement will strengthen our position in the important US market and make our titles more easily available to American retailers, wholesalers, and readers,” said University of Alberta Press Director Douglas Hildebrand.
About University of Alberta Press: University of Alberta Press contributes substantively to the University of Alberta’s mission, its national and international reputation, and the impact of its research and teaching by means of a diverse and far-ranging scholarly publishing program that is recognized annually with a host of awards for excellence in both scholarship and publishing.
About HFS: Since 1977 HFS has provided distribution services for a distinguished list of university presses and nonprofit institutions. HFS represents Johns Hopkins University Press, Georgetown University Press, University of Washington Press, The University Press of Kentucky, Catholic University of America Press, University of Massachusetts Press, University of New Orleans Press, Maryland Historical Society, University of South Carolina Press, Family Development Press, Northeastern University, Wesleyan University Press, Central European University Press, the Modern Language Association, and University of Alberta Press. HFS is a division of Johns Hopkins University Press.
by jmh | Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 1:51 PM
March 18, 2020
Dear friends and colleagues,
In my long career, I have never felt such a deep sense of urgency and responsibility as I did this week ensuring the safety and health of my colleagues here at Johns Hopkins University Press. As of this week, we are all working from home, aiming to keep to our regular schedules, and moving forward with a shared sense of purpose in serving all of you—our authors, editors, clients, customers, librarians, and readers.
Whether you are an author of one of our books, a client of Hopkins Fulfillment Services, a society member affiliated with our Journals Division, or a librarian serving your patrons with the broad content in Project MUSE, you can count on us. You can reach us in any way you choose, but email is working best for now. We are fully operational from our remote locations.
We have also taken a step that would have seemed extraordinary just a few weeks ago, but today is simply right and appropriate. Starting today, all JHU Press content on Project MUSE will be made accessible for free until May 31, 2020. Our aim is to ease the transition to at-home learning for students who might have difficulty accessing their university libraries remotely as they complete their spring semester course work. As a result of this decision, readers worldwide will have free online access to 1,400 books and 97 journals currently available on Project MUSE. The staff at MUSE is working with other participating publishers to make similar arrangements, and we salute their incredible efforts.
Access to the best research and scholarship is essential—for students completing their studies, for faculty members in their teaching and research, for policy makers weighing critical decisions, and for health professionals working to save lives. We will be looking for additional ways in which to overcome barriers created by the COVID-19 crisis that restrict access to this essential knowledge. I welcome your ideas about this.
It is comforting and empowering during this uncertain time to do everything we can to stay true to our mission and to help each other navigate unprecedented challenges to daily life—including being a student and conducting research. On behalf of all my colleagues at Johns Hopkins University Press, I offer my best wishes to you and yours as you meet the challenges of the coming weeks and months.
Barbara Kline Pope
by jmh | Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 12:41 PM
1,400 books and 97 journals will be accessible for free for the remainder of the spring semester, ensuring access for university students completing course work at home
In response to the unprecedented challenges created by the COVID-19 global public health crisis, Johns Hopkins University Press is providing free access to its collection of books and journals currently on Project MUSE, a massive online collection of humanities and social science research.
Starting March 18, all JHU Press content currently on the Project MUSE platform will be freely available to readers worldwide until at least May 31, 2020. The decision aims to ease the transition to at-home learning for students who might have difficulty accessing their university libraries remotely as they complete their spring semester course work. As a result of this decision, 1,400 JHU Press books and 97 journals will become accessible for free. Project MUSE is working with other participating publishers to make similar arrangements.
“Access to the best research and scholarship is essential,” noted JHU Press director Barbara Kline Pope in a message to the JHU Press community, “for students completing their studies, for faculty members in their teaching and research, for policy makers weighing critical decisions, and for health professionals working to save lives. It is comforting and empowering during this uncertain time to do everything we can to stay true to our mission and to help each other navigate unprecedented challenges to daily life—including being a student and conducting research.”
JHU Press joins a number of other university presses working with Project MUSE to quickly address the access needs of university students and faculty as they complete the academic year. In addition to Johns Hopkins University Press, the publishers currently opting to make content free on Project MUSE are Ohio State University Press (all books and journals), University of Nebraska Press (all books and journals), University of North Carolina Press (all books), Temple University Press (all books), and Vanderbilt University Press (selected books). Project MUSE expects to announce additional participants and will continually update the list of publishers offering free access to content.
“Serving the needs of libraries, publishers, and scholars has been core to the MUSE mission since day one,” said Wendy Queen, the director of Project MUSE. “The global COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in enormous and rapid changes to the lives of all our constituents, with the need to adapt daily to new methods of communicating and working. MUSE is grateful for the opportunity to support our community through this crisis, as a hub to connect users and the content they need, from wherever they can.”
Content that is freely available on the Project MUSE platform during the COVID-19 crisis will display a distinctive “Free” icon, indicating that the material is temporarily accessible and distinct from permanently free status of “Open Access” material.