A Look Back At The Last Few Months!

I’m pleased to share that I successfully defended my doctoral dissertation, “Brass B(r)ands in Mobile, Alabama’s Mardi Gras,” so I am now officially Dr. Emily Ruth Allen!

I have also released a few new New Books Network episodes in the latter half of 2021, which you can find here: https://newbooksnetwork.com//hosts/profile/d0e36e2b-c234-46cb-a7a5-f2ed5110141e

Finally, my first journal article, co-authored with Dr. Isabel Machado, can be found here: https://journals.h-net.org/jfs/article/view/91

Looking forward to seeing what’s next as Dr. Allen!

Summer 2021 NBN Episodes!

I am pleased to share the New Books Network episodes I completed over the summer of 2021! Take a listen:


Katrina Phillips, Staging Indigeneity: Salvage Tourism and the Performance of Native American History (UNC Press, 2021)


Cécile Fromont, Afro-Catholic Festivals in the Americas: Performance, Representation, and the Making of Black Atlantic Tradition (Penn State, 2019)

Alessandro Testa, Rituality and Social (Dis)Order: The Historical Anthropology of Popular Carnival in Europe (Routledge, 2020)

Candace Bailey, Unbinding Gentility: Women Making Music in the Nineteenth-Century South (U Illinois Press, 2021)


Mark A. Johnson, Rough Tactics: Black Performance in Political Spectacles, 1877-1932 (UP of Mississippi, 2021)


Jill P. Ingram, Festive Enterprise: The Business of Drama in Medieval and Renaissance England (U Notre Dame Press, 2021)