Ideas on Fire’s 2021 Year in Books

A big congrats to all of our clients who published books in 2021!

We loved working on these and higlighting the cutting edge of interdisciplinary scholarship through our author interviews.

Cover of Nitasha Tamar Sharma's Hawai'i Is My Haven shows a person covered in pink flowers smiling blissfully
Cover of Christopher Ali's Farm Fresh Broadband: The Politics of Rural Connectivity: Broadband tower in a hay field
Cover of Priya Kandaswamy's book Domestic Contradictions with two outlined figures holding arms and a bird between them
Cover of Sara Matthiesen's book Reproduction Reconceived
Cover of Mark Villegas's Manifest Technique: Hip-Hop, Empire, and Visionary Filipino American Culture
Cover of Jessica Bissett Perea's book Sound Relations
Cover of Badia Ahad-Legardy's Afro-Nostalgia: Feeling Good in Contemporary Black Culture
Cover of Anima Adjepong's book Afropolitan Projects, with colorful cityscape
Cover of Carolyn Hardin's book Capturing Finance, with an abstract global map made of currencies
Cover of Catherine Knight Steele's book Digital Black Feminism
Cover of Josef Nguyen's book The Digital Is Kid Stuff, pixelated and illustrated car coming off a tablet
Cover of Mecca Jamilah Sullivan's book The Poetics of Difference with a multicolored artistic rendering of a person with long arms
Cover of Sandra Ristovska's book Seeing Human Rights
Cover of Dana Olwan's Gender Violence and the Transnational Politics of the Honor Crime
Cover of Rana Jaleel's book The Work of Rape
Cover of Natalie Lira's book Laboratory of Deficiency
Cover of Kareem Rabie's book Palestine Is Throwing a Party and the Whole World Is Invited
Cover of Julie Golia's book Newspaper Confessions
Cover of Heather Berg's book Porn Work
Cover of Sarah Wilbur's book Funding Bodies
Cover of Karen Redrobe and Jeff Scheible's book Deep Mediations, with multilayered screen images
Cover of Judy Grahn's book Eruptions of Inanna
Cover of Joseph Elkanah Rosenberg's book Wastepaper Modernism
Cover of Camille Robcis's book Disalienation

Author interviews

Anima Adjepong on Interdisciplinary Intuition

Cathy Hannabach interviews Anima Adjepong about how Anima used intuition to write their book Afropolitan Projects and what intuition brings to interdisciplinary, transnational scholarship.

Catherine Knight Steele on Black Feminist Extensions of Grace

Cathy Hannabach interviews Catherine Knight Steele about her new book Digital Black Feminism, extensions of grace, and the politics of collaboration during a pandemic.

Jessica Bissett Perea on Indigenous Transformations in Academic Publishing

Cathy Hannabach interviews Dena’ina musician-scholar Jessica Bissett Perea about transforming the academic publishing pipeline by centering Indigenous worldviews.

Nitasha Tamar Sharma on Recalibration and Balance

Cathy Hannabach interviews Nitasha Tamar Sharma about how her book Hawai‘i Is My Haven allowed her to return home—and the importance of recalibrating work and life across an interdisciplinary career.

Christopher Ali on Building a More Connected World

Cathy Hannabach interviews Christopher Ali about his book Farm Fresh Broadband and the politics of rural internet access and connectivity.

Christen A. Smith, Dána-Ain Davis, and Sameena Mulla on Cite Black Women

Cathy Hannabach interviews Christen A. Smith, Dána-Ain Davis, and Sameena Mulla about the politics of citation and editing a Feminist Anthropology special issue about the Cite Black Women movement.

Sandra Ristovska on Seeing Human Rights

Cathy Hannabach interviews Sandra Ristovska about the ethical, political, and legal relationship between imagery and human rights.

Priya Kandaswamy on Embracing Permanent Change

Cathy Hannabach interviews Priya Kandaswamy about her new book Domestic Contradictions and embracing permanent change in our classrooms, communities, and creative endeavors.

Mark Villegas on Collaborative Abundance in Hip-Hop Cultures

Cathy Hannabach interviews filmmaker and scholar Mark Villegas about how transnational, interracial hip-hop cultures are crafting new worlds centered in abundance and creativity.

Liat Ben-Moshe on Community beyond the Carceral State

Cathy Hannabach interviews Liat Ben-Moshe about the intersections of disability justice and prison abolition.

J. Faith Almiron on Abolitionist Pedagogy within and beyond Institutions

Cathy Hannabach interviews scholar and performance artist J. Faith Almiron about abolitionist pedagogy in the classroom and the art world.

Hiʻilei Julia Kawehipuaakahaopulani Hobart on Transgenerational Inspiration

Host Cathy Hannabach interviews Kānaka Maoli food studies scholar Hiʻilei Julia Kawehipuaakahaopulani Hobart about inspiration and writing.

Badia Ahad-Legardy on Black Historical Joy and Inspiration

Cathy Hannabach interviews Badia Ahad-Legardy about Black historical joy and cultivating intellectual and political inspiration in our daily practices.

Meredith D. Clark on Adapting Plans to Where You’re At

Cathy Hannabach interviews media studies scholar Meredith D. Clark about planning during the pandemic and tools to support mental health.

Maile Arvin on Kuleana and Indigenous Feminist Community

Cathy Hannabach interviews Kānaka Maoli feminist scholar Maile Arvin about community building, kuleana, and reciprocal responsibility.

Dolores Inés Casillas on Flexible Planning with Bullet Journals

Cathy Hannabach interviews Chicanx media studies scholar Dolores Inés Casillas about parenting, flexible planning, and bullet journaling during the pandemic.

Mecca Jamilah Sullivan on Cultivating Joy through Queer Black Feminist Art

Cathy Hannabach interviews Mecca Jamilah Sullivan about her new book The Poetics of Difference and centering queer Black feminist joy in literature and life.

Chris Barcelos on Beginning from Educated Hope

Cathy Hannabach interviews public health scholar Chris Barcelos about their new book Distributing Condoms and Hope, reproductive justice, and access intimacy.

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