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New Series: Brandeis Series in Law and Society

“If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable.”
– Justice Louis D. Brandeis

Brandeis University Press and the Brandeis Legal Studies Department at Brandeis University are pleased to announce a new book series – the Brandeis Series in Law and Society. This series is edited by Rosalind Kabrhel J.D. and Daniel Breen, J.D. and will publish books that take an interdisciplinary approach to the law with a view to towards shedding light on the variety of ways in which legal rules and the institutions that enforce them affect our lives. The books are intended for practitioners, academics, students, and the interested general public. The first book to be published in this series is “Pain and Shock in America, Politics, Advocacy, and the Controversial Treatment of People with Disabilities” by Jan Nisbet on October 8th, 2021.


Horseshoe Crabs Heroes in the Fight Against Covid

William Sergent’s new article on WBUR sheds light on the importance and value of Horseshoe crabs in our fight against Covid-19.

If we were to lose all the lobsters, striped bass, or shrimp on the East Coast, it would be an environmental and gastronomic tragedy. But if the East Coast were to lose all its horseshoe crabs, it would be a major medical disaster.

In his new book, Crab Wars: A Tale of Horseshoe Crabs, Ecology, and Human Healthhe provides a timely look at the exploitation of a species that has helped with the development of countless drugs and is fast becoming endangered. This new edition brings the story up to date as companies race to manufacture alternatives to the horseshoe crab blood, which is now essential for testing vaccines such as those developed to counter COVID-19.


Belonging and Betrayal

Charles Dellheim: Jews and Modern Art

November 2, 9, and 16 @ 92Y

What did Jews contribute to the modern art movement? Was modernism essentially Jewish? How did Jewish outsiders come to acquire so many modern masterpieces? Charles Dellheim explores these questions, illuminating new findings about the role of Jewish art collectors, artists, and gallerists in this compelling new three-part course.

Charles Dellheim, an award winning scholar, is currently Professor of History and Jewish Studies at Boston University. A native New Yorker, he was the founding Director of the Kilachand Honors College at Boston University, and the inaugural Kilachand professor.


Pain and Shock in AmericaNew this Fall: Pain and Shock in America

The first book to be written on the Judge Rotenberg Center and their use of painful interventions to control the behavior of children and adults with disabilities.

“This important book brings to light the shameful history of torturous methods used on individuals with developmental disabilities. If animals or prisoners of war had been subjected to this torture, the perpetrators would have been charged with felony cruelty to animals or war crimes. I am hopeful that by exposing what has occurred at the Judge Rotenberg Center, this work will finally bring this sad chapter of our history to an end.” Temple Grandin, author of Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism


Brandeis Magazine on Brandeis University Press at 50!

Brandeis University Press is celebrating its 50th anniversary, a milestone that seemed in doubt only a few years ago, by publishing at an unprecedented clip, offering more than 20 new titles in its 2021 catalog.

“We’re really consolidating what we’ve achieved and are now looking to the future,” says press director Sue Ramin. “We want to publish excellent books that sell — and make an impact.”

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Brandeis University Press to exclusively manage the University Press of New England

Brandeis University has acquired and is now the sole owner of all titles and copyrights of the University Press of New England, under a deal finalized on Jan. 1 with Dartmouth College. Going forward, Brandeis University Press will oversee the UPNE list, excluding Dartmouth College Press titles.

“Brandeis University Press is pleased to begin representing these titles and working with their authors going forward. The titles we acquired will dovetail well with BUP’s current titles and our expertise. I am grateful to Dartmouth College for their excellent past stewardship and for working so cooperatively with us as we worked on this acquisition. UPNE has a wonderful deep backlist and we are thankful to the UPNE leadership, editors, and staff who created this excellent list of books. We hope to keep many of these titles in print and look forward to actively promoting and reissuing them,” —Sue Ramin, Director


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Publishers Weekly highlights Brandeis University Press

When the University Press of New England shuttered at the end of 2018, the region lost a unique publishing consortium with a diverse backlist that drew its collective strength from the specialization of its member presses. But UPNE’s backlist is not gone. Instead, it has been acquired by Brandeis University Press, which plans to use the titles to support its own expansion into some genres that have been underserved since UPNE’s closure.

“Brandeis University Press, through its publishing program, is an important part of our institutional mission.”

Lisa Lynch
Provost, Brandeis University (2014-2020)