Benjamin N. Lawrance is a professor of international studies, history, and anthropology at the Rochester Institute of Technology and author of Amistad’s Orphans: An Atlantic Story of Children, Slavery, and Smuggling.

Marriage by Force?

Contestation over Consent and Coercion in Africa

Edited by Annie Bunting, Benjamin N. Lawrance, and Richard L. Roberts
Preface by Doris Buss
Afterword by Emily S. Burrill

Despite international human rights decrees condemning it, marriage by force persists to this day. In this volume, the editors bring together legal scholars, anthropologists, historians, and development workers to explore the range of forced marriage practices in sub-Saharan Africa. The result is a masterful presentation of new perspectives on the practice.

African Asylum at a Crossroads

Activism, Expert Testimony, and Refugee Rights

Edited by Iris Berger, Tricia Redeker Hepner, Benjamin N. Lawrance, Joanna T. Tague, and Meredith Terretta
Foreword by Penelope Andrews
Afterword by Fallou Ngom

African Asylum at a Crossroads: Activism, Expert Testimony, and Refugee Rights examines the emerging trend of requests for expert opinions in asylum hearings or refugee status determinations. This is the first book to explore the role of court-based expertise in relation to African asylum cases and the first to establish a rigorous analytical framework for interpreting the effects of this new reliance on expert testimony.

Trafficking in Slavery’s Wake

Law and the Experience of Women and Children in Africa

Edited by Benjamin N. Lawrance and Richard L. Roberts

Women and children have been bartered, pawned, bought, and sold within and beyond Africa for longer than records have existed. This important collection examines the ways trafficking in women and children has changed from the aftermath of the “end of slavery” in Africa from the late nineteenth century to the present. The formal abolition of the slave trade and slavery did not end the demand for servile women and children.


New Titles

The Jerrie Mock Story · The First Woman to Fly Solo around the World · By Nancy Roe Pimm

The Common Lot and Other Stories · The Published Short Fiction, 1908–1921 · By Emma Bell Miles
Edited by Grace Toney Edwards
Introduction by Grace Toney Edwards

Reading for Health · Medical Narratives and the Nineteenth-Century Novel · By Erika Wright

The Maestro, the Magistrate & the Mathematician · A Novel · By Tendai Huchu

Postcards from Stanland · Journeys in Central Asia · By David H. Mould

Merleau-Ponty · Space, Place, Architecture · Edited by Patricia M. Locke and Rachel McCann

Captured Peace · Elites and Peacebuilding in El Salvador · By Christine J. Wade

Under Ohio · The Story of Ohio’s Rocks and Fossils · By Charles Ferguson Barker

The Illustrated Letters of Richard Doyle to His Father, 1842–1843 · By Richard Doyle
Edited by Grant F. Scott