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From the Editor of the Contemporary Social Issues Book Series

Brian Christens, Vanderbilt University

Contemporary Social Issues is the official book series of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), published by Cambridge University Press. Grounded in their authors’ programs of research, works in this series focus on social issues facing individuals, groups, communities, and/or society at large, with each volume written to speak to scholars, students, practitioners, and policymakers.

Books published, in press, and currently in progress and under contract in the series are listed below (note that for books not yet published, final titles may change prior to publication).

Sheri Levy (in progress)

Climate ageism: What it is and hope for the future

Iain Butterworth (Ed.) (in progress)

The psychology of place: Opportunities for rebuilding our place in a post-colonial world

Jon Roozenbeek (in progress)

Propaganda and ideology in the Russian-Ukrainian war.

Jon Roozenbeek & Sander van der Linden (in press)

The psychology of misinformation

Laura Wray-Lake, Elan Hope, & Laura Abrams (in press)

Young Black changemakers and the road to racial justice

Alexa Bankert (2023)

When politics becomes personal: The effect of partisan identity on anti-democratic behavior

Erin Godfrey & Luke Rapa (Eds.) (2023)

Developing critical consciousness in youth: Contexts and settings

Luke Rapa & Erin Godfrey (Eds.) (2023) 

Critical consciousness: Expanding theory, methods, and measurement

Each of these books advances understanding at the interface between sociopolitical issues and psychological dynamics. Scholars are a primary audience, but many books in the series also contain insights relevant to students, practitioners, policymakers, and community leaders. In addition to obtaining copies for your own use, please make sure that copies are available at your institution’s library. Some research libraries enable access in electronic format through Cambridge Core.

Do you have an idea for another book in this series? I welcome inquiries from potential contributors whose research addresses pressing social issues, including from those who have published mainly in research journals and are now considering a first book project. Prospective authors (and those with book ideas to discuss) should contact me by email. Most works in the series are sole- or co-authored books, although there is also room for high-level research works that appeal to a predominately scholarly audience, such as monographs and edited volumes. Please see the Contemporary Social Issues Author Guidelines for more information about the process of proposing a book for the series.

The Contemporary Social Issues series with Cambridge University Press carries forward SPSSI’s long history of sponsoring books. It merges the missions of the two previous SPSSI-sponsored series published by Wiley, which were titled Contemporary Social Issues (for authored works) and Social Issues and Interventions (for edited volumes). Books in these two series, both edited by Dan Perlman, can be found on the SPSSI Books webpage.

A full list of SPSSI-sponsored books (including out-of-print titles) can be found on SPSSI’s history pages and can be viewed either by author name or by date published.

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