Monday, May 10, 2010

UIS professors publish book on same-sex marriage

Two faculty members from the University of Illinois Springfield have published a new book entitled Same-Sex Marriage in the Americas: Policy Innovation for Same-Sex Relationships.

Jason Pierceson, Associate Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies and Adriana Piatti-Crocker, Assistant Professor of Political Science, are co-editors, along with Shawn Schulenberg of the University of California, Riverside. The book was published by Lexington Books, a division of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

In addition to editing the book, Pierceson and Crocker authored individual chapters, as well as co-authoring the introduction. Crocker chapter is entitled, “Constructing Policy Innovation in Argentina: From Gender Quotas to Same-Sex Marriage”, and Pierceson’s chapters are entitled, “Deconstructing the Backlash: Same-Sex Marriage Litigation and Social Change in the United States and Canada” and “Juristocracy in the Americas?”

Reviewers have called the book “a valuable addition to existing studies” and “a timely and important volume that represents a pioneering expansion of LGBT-oriented work.” Beyond multiple chapters on Argentina, Canada, and the United States, the book includes chapters on Brazil and Mexico, in addition to chronicling and analyzing developments in Uruguay, Colombia and the rest of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Additional information on the book can be found here or contact Jason Pierceson at 217/206-7842 or email

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