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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Call for Submissions: “Trade Negotiations and Global Relations: Emerging Players and Actors”

Amidst highly anticipated outcomes from ongoing trade talks between US and China, Brexit negotiations outcomes, as well recently concluded NAFTA negotiations, the atmosphere surrounding global trade relations could not be more highly charged. This volume not only illustrates how the changing face, landscape and scene of political economy and international trade relations are significantly impacting financial stability, regulatory, legal and financial related actors but also highlights and explains how certain actors are contributing in addressing those instabilities which are threatening current global spheres as a result of recent developments.

This volume/book also highlights why and how effective coordination between non governmental organisations, actors and member states involved in resource allocation, be it from a development aid perspective, or otherwise, continues to constitute a recurring issue in terms of information sharing – as well as the type, adequacy and quality of information that is at hand – and more importantly how this vital issue can be addressed to mitigate current global issues and resolve global differences in opinions and approaches .

This book covers not only important and vital current topical issues, but is relevant to everyone in the society in terms of the need to address important matters – matters such as threats to financial stability, global trade relations and global peace and security.


Submissions relating to the following areas are welcomed:

  • financial stability
  • Business enterprises, start-ups and entrepreneurs
  • global trade relations
  • global peace
  • security
  • Nongovernmental Organizations in International Environmental Negotiations
  • Resilience and Sustainable Development
  • Importance of Non governmental Organizations In Global Governance

Corresponding authors for submissions:

Prof Enriqueta Caballero Serrano (email: theeditor@ciinnovationsd.org  and enriqueta.serrano@colsan.edu.mx)


Time line for submissions:

Papers are to be submitted by the 31st Jan 2020

Submissions Review Process: 1st Feb – 28th Feb 2020

Notification of Submissions and Acceptance: 15th February 2020

An Interview with Boštjan Videmšek

“It seems to me that journalism is in itself a fight for human rights to stand behind all universal conventions, and if it is not, you are quick, if not immediately, on the wrong side of the month.” (Boštjan Videmšek, interviewed by Katja Miklavčič).

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As February draws to a close, we would like to share an interview with Boštjan Videmšek: author of Dispatches from the Frontlines of Humanity: A Book of Reportage  (which, as eagle-eyed subscribers might recall: was released this month).

Please click here to access the full interview, where the reporter sits on the other side of the microphone to become the interviewee. Whilst the interview is initially in Slovene, the google page does offer translation into English.

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Don’t forget it’s not too late to still grab a 20% discount on Dispatches from the Frontlines of Humanity: A Book of Reportage   from our website using the code: HUMANITY20

Book review: Behind the Words: The FCO, Hegemonolingualism and the End of Britain’s Freedom

In this book, the author laments the decline of the use of Standard English in the Foreign Office in the quest for diversity or the misapprehension that it is somehow connected to ‘class’. Using original texts, the book demonstrates how FCO English has deteriorated in the last thirty years, owing to a combination of political correctness, globalisation, the proliferation of emails, Twitter, Blairism, and, most especially, management speak (the author gives some toe-curling examples of the latter). Mallinson claims this lack of clarity is to blame for Britain’s failure to get its message across, which goes hand in hand with its diminishing influence in the world.

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Behind the Words: The FCO, Hegemonolingualism and the End of Britain’s Freedom is available in a newly issued paperback from Cambridge Scholars for only £29.99. Please click here to purchase it.

Three treatises by William Mallinson

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Association’s Password magazine has published a short overview of William Mallinson’s three 2016 books with us: Thrice a Stranger: Penelope’s Eastern Mediterranean OdysseyKissinger and the Invasion of Cyprus: Diplomacy in the Eastern Mediterranean, and The Threat of Geopolitics to International Relations: Obsession with the Heartland.

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All three books were released in paperback in 2017, and can be purchased from £29.99 on our website.

Mallinson’s newest book, entitled Images in Words: Only History Exists, is out now, and can be purchased in hardback directly from Cambridge Scholars here.