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Dahlia Lithwick on David Toscano's new book FIGHTING POLITICAL GRIDLOCK:

"If the last few years have taught us anything, it's that state government has more to say about how votes are counted, how pandemics are addressed, how students are educated, and how guns and maternal health are regulated than any other entity. Yet we mostly ignore these laboratories of democracy—and the myriad ways in which they can be engines for civic engagement and public welfare. David Toscano brings his keen eye for state and local politics and his lawyerly analytic tools to this timely new look at how powerful states can fill in the broken spaces of current American democracy—and also work to tear it apart, if we decline to pay attention."




I acquire books in history and the social sciences, with a special focus on American history and politics across five centuries. I also oversee series on Early Modern German and on Southern African history and my portfolio includes academic and trade books on the history and culture of Virginia. As a transnational historian by training, I am excited about manuscripts that put historical developments in broad temporal and geographic contexts and particularly welcome examinations of Americans’ experiences and legacies abroad.

I earned my B.A. in history from Shepherd University in West Virginia and then an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before joining UVA Press in 2019, I worked at the University of Wisconsin Press and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.



 
 

Welcome back to the UVA Press Author's Corner! Here, we feature conversations with the authors of our latest releases to provide a glimpse into the writer's mind, their book's main lessons, and what’s next for them. We hope you enjoy these inside stories.

Today, we are happy to bring you our conversation with Daniel Wirls, author of THE SENATE: From White Supremacy to Governmental Gridlock (October). 

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What inspired you to write this book?

I have been writing and teaching about the Senate for many years and co-authored a 2004 book titled The Invention of the United States Senate. Other projects intervened, but the intention had always been to... More

Welcome back to the UVA Press Author's Corner! Here, we feature conversations with the authors of our latest releases to provide a glimpse into the writer's mind, their book's main lessons, and what’s next for them. We hope you enjoy these inside stories.

Today, we are happy to bring you our conversation with Nuno Garoupa, Rebecca D. Gill, and Lydia B. Tiede, editors of HIGH COURTS IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE: Evidence, Methodologies, and Findings.

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What inspired you to write this book?

The three of us believed that there has been significant scholarly progress in empirical judicial politics outside of the United States. However, we perceived that progress has... More


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