Michigan State University Press Provides Free Access to Gun Violence Scholarship through Project MUSE


August 27, 2019                                                                                                CONTACT: Julie Reaume, MSU

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Michigan State University Press Provides Free Access to
Gun Violence Scholarship through Project MUSE

Providing access beyond institutional subscribers
aims to ground the policy debate in research and current scholarship

Michigan State University Press will provide free access to three recent, compelling scholarly essays from its journals collection in a partnership with Project MUSE and several other publishers in the wake of shootings in California, Texas, and Ohio. The goal is to provide the broadest possible access to more than a dozen books and journal articles focused on understanding and preventing gun violence. The collection, called “MUSE in Focus: Addressing Gun Violence,” is available at https://about.muse.jhu.edu/muse-in-focus/gun-violence.


“In light of the dramatically urgent questions that arise from these issues, we wanted to make this material available quickly, to the widest possible readership of concerned professionals and citizens,” said MSU Press director Gabriel Dotto. As Project MUSE director Wendy Queen states, “While MUSE content is available to millions of researchers worldwide through their subscribing institutions, it was important to us that this work be made available to everyone.”


The material was selected by the publishers and the Project MUSE staff to provide a broad range of perspectives and expertise relevant to the policy debates that are inevitably renewed with each new incident of gun violence. Participating publishers include Johns Hopkins University Press, Michigan State University Press, Penn State University Press, University of Massachusetts Press, University of Michigan Press, University of North Carolina Press, and University of Pennsylvania Press.


“It’s tremendously important that the voices of experts and the insights of years of relevant research have full weight in the discussion of gun policy by lawmakers, journalists, and the public,” commented Barbara Kline Pope, director of Johns Hopkins University Press where Project MUSE is based. “Lives literally depend on understanding that research-based solutions and consensus are possible, and we are grateful for the opportunity to include important work published by Michigan State University Press in this effort.”


MSU Press, the scholarly publishing arm of Michigan State University, includes among its publications numerous critical studies and analyses that focus on contemporary issues, social justice, psychology, and social science. Coming out in November will be After the Bloodbath: Is Healing Possible in the Wake of Rampage Shootings?, by James D. Diamond, who spent more than twenty-five years as a criminal lawyer. In 2020, MSU Press will publish School Violence: Crisis and Opportunity, by Marianna King, who offers a course in “Creating Peaceful Schools” to teachers through Colorado State University.


Other studies of interest may be found here: