Meet our Authors: Laura Finley and Matthew Johnson – April 2019

Laura and Matthew describe their experience of publishing their hugely socially important book Trumpism: The Politics of Gender in a Post-Propitious America with Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Laura Finley, PhD, is Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Barry University, USA. She is author, co-author, and editor of twenty books, as well as numerous book chapters and journal articles. She is also a syndicated columnist with PeaceVoice and a contributing author with New Clear Vision. In addition, Dr Finley is actively involved with a number of peace, justice and human rights initiatives.

“I am so very grateful that Cambridge Scholars Publishing agreed several years ago to publish the series Peace Studies: Edges and Innovations, which I am fortunate to co-edit with Dr. Michael Minch, on behalf f the Peace and Justice Studies Association. This important series sheds light on current domestic and global issues, on ways that peace, conflict studies, and other scholars can contribute to social change, the role of students and activists in nonviolent social change movements, and more. I am also terrifically happy to have been able to co-author my first (but I am sure not last!) book with Matthew Johnson, a great friend and amazing colleague. This book was his idea, and thoroughly enjoyed working together and with all the fantastic and diverse contributors.

My interest in the topic comes from my deep dissatisfaction with the Trump presidency. As a long-time activist for peace, justice, human rights and gender equality, it was tremendously upsetting to see a candidate for the highest office in the U.S. who has been accused multiple times of sexual assault and who routinely makes disparaging and misogynistic comments. That such a person could win the presidency is appalling and begs for critical analysis. I believe this book offers some of that, although more is definitely needed. 

I continue to help organize and agitate nonviolently against many social injustices, and the Trump presidency and all that it represents in terms of gender equality and feminism have done nothing but reinforce the need for such efforts. I remain hopeful that the 2018 elections will bring dramatic disruption of the status quo and that the many dedicated activists, advocates and scholars already working on promoting gender equality will ring in a seat-tide of change.”

Matthew Johnson holds an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies from Hacettepe University (Turkey) and a BA in Journalism from the University of Maryland, where he began his activism organizing against war, poverty, racism, mass incarceration, and gender-based violence. He has published several articles on these topics. He has also served as an educator in a variety of contexts.

Trumpism was my first published book, and I have Cambridge Scholars to thank for it. I also have my co-editor to thank, Dr. Laura Finley, who has published through Cambridge Scholars Publishing before and recommended it due to its author-friendly process. It was nice to not only publish a book about a timely and important issue but also to see the finished product reflect the original vision, which dated back to election day 2016 and haunts me slightly less now that I have helped spawn an eloquent response. I wanted voices of those who felt most threatened by the rise of Trump to be represented, and I wanted it to be clear that, despite the media’s initial willingness to give Trump ‘a chance,’ that there was no chance to be given if one supports the rights of women, immigrants, black people, and other marginalized communities. The opposition’s worst fears have been realized two years into his administration. 

The book has inspired me to write more and to maintain contact with the contributors, many of whom continue to publish on related subjects. Another project is in the works now that there is less of a knee-jerk reaction to Trump in the United States and more long-term organizing and campaigning toward a more progressive future. #MeToo is perhaps the most powerful response to Trumpism to date, and I plan to conduct my PhD research on its aspirations. I hope to contribute what little I can to this important cause.”

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Trumpism: The Politics of Gender in a Post-Propitious America. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAAPR19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th May 2019.

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Book Review: Illicit Sex within the Justice System: Using Weak Power to Legislate, Regulate and Enforce Morality

We are happy to share news that Carmen M. Cusack’s book Illicit Sex within the Justice System: Using Weak Power to Legislate, Regulate and Enforce Morality has been reviewed in the 2018 issue of the Journal of Law and Social Deviance by Jessica T. Bracho. The full review is available open access here, and an indicative excerpt from the conclusion is below:

“Cusack’s book is not for the faint of heart or the close-minded. It is a book begging for change; change that is necessary to appreciate each other’s individuality without fear, for government to regain society’s trust, and for our moral compass to be reset. Cusack, so wisely, proposes interaction between the justice system’s members with authoritative power (e.g., officials and agents) and the civilian world to understand each other, identify, and come to terms with the new norm.”


The book is available now directly from Cambridge Scholars, please click here to see more and to place your order.

Out now in paperback with 60% off: The Medusa Gaze in Contemporary Women’s Fiction: Petrifying, Maternal and Redemptive

Cambridge Scholars is delighted to announce that the paperback of Gillian Alban’s acclaimed The Medusa Gaze in Contemporary Women’s Fiction: Petrifying, Maternal and Redemptive is out now. To celebrate the publication of the paperback and to continue the book’s recent feature as our May Book of the Month, we are offering a 60% discount with the discount code MEDUSA60.

Please click here to add the paperback to your cart, and then use the discount code when checking out to grab the book for a bargain of a price. Please note that the discount is time-limited and will expire on the 1st of August 2018.

Book of the Month – May 2018

Our May Book of the Month is The Medusa Gaze in Contemporary Women’s Fiction: Petrifying, Maternal and Redemptive by Gillian M. E. Alban.

The Greek monster Medusa is arguably the original stuff of nightmares – countless venomous snakes for hair and a gaze that turned all who looked at her to pure stone. Her legend lives on in fiction, poetry, film, and art. Yet as this book by Gillian M.E. Alban suggests, the figure of Medusa is one that helps reveal much about the contemporary desires and frustrations of women. Continue reading

Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ – May 2018

This month, our Editorial Advisory Board member Professor Clara Sarmento has chosen her ‘Recommended Read’: one of our most exciting publications from 2017. Clara is currently the director of the Centre for Intercultural Studies of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto, where she is a Full Professor with Tenure, member of the Consulting Board, and director of the MA programs in Specialized Translation and Interpreting and in Intercultural Studies for Business. She is a world renowned expert in the fields of Anglo-American and Portuguese literature and culture, anthropology, cultural and intercultural studies, and gender studies. Continue reading

Meet our Authors: Giada Goracci – April 2018

Giada Goracci received a PhD in English Studies from the University of Verona in 2015. Her areas of research include gender studies, literature and film, literature and fashion studies, ethics, power, and the body. She is currently teaching Scientific English at the University of Verona. Giada serves on the Editorial Board for Teaching English for Specific and Academic Purposes, published by the University of Nis, Serbia, and the SDU Journal of English Studies, published by Suleyman Demirel University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. She is also a member of the Italian Association of English Studies (AIA) and the Italian Association of Law and Literature (AIDEL). Continue reading

Call for Chapters: Women and Leadership

This interdisciplinary volume discusses women’s leadership, representation in parliament, women’s rights, cultural barriers, and democratization process. Gender inequality remains one of the most important questions and a major barrier to human development. This edited volume (under contract with Cambridge Scholars Publishing) analyses women’s leadership roles world-wide. Continue reading