Call for Book Reviews of Global Drug Policy Titles for World Medical and Health Policy Journal

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Call for Papers
February 21, 2022 to February 21, 2023
New York, United States
Subject Fields: 
Health and Health Care, Public Health, Public Policy, Social Sciences

Recent titles for review for an upcoming World Medical & Health Policy Special Issue on Global Drug Policy.

World Medical & Health Policy is a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal that considers the many factors shaping global health. We publish articles employing overlapping disciplines that include health policy and politics, political science, health economics, medical ethics, and public health. The journal’s approach is unified by a concern with critically examining the contexts within which policy is made, as well as more traditional considerations of processes, outcomes, and influences.

World Medical & Health Policy is seeking book reviewers. If you are interested in reviewing a book, please send an email to: Cynthia Golembeski at We will send the book to you free of charge when you specify your preference for an electronic or hard copy and provide your contact details. This call for book reviewers is open to students, health professionals, professional academics of all levels, and independent scholars. We welcome your ideas for books to review and we will also help you find a title that aligns with your expertise and interest. Our WMHP Book Review Guidelines Sheet can be found here

Book reviews should be about 800 words in length and include the reviewed work's author, title, date of publication, publisher, with a heading including the number of pages, cost, and ISBN. The reviewer's name and institution will appear at the conclusion of the review upon publication. The book review should be uploaded by the reviewer within three to six months of receipt of the book. We are obligated to send a copy of a published review to any publisher who provides a free review copy to the journal. Book review guidelines can be found here



Ambron, Richard. The Brain and Pain: Breakthroughs in Neuroscience. Columbia University Press, 2022.

Arias, Enrique Desmond, and Thomas Grisaffi, eds. Cocaine: From Coca Fields to the Streets. Duke University Press, 2021.

Bartoszko, Aleksandra. Treating Heroin Addiction in Norway: The Pharmaceutical Other. Routledge, 2021.

Beckett, Katherine. Ending Mass Incarceration: Why It Persists and How To Achieve Meaningful Reform. Oxford University Press, 2022.

Biçer-Deveci, Elife and Philippe Bourmaud. Alcohol in the Maghreb and the Middle East since the 19th Century: Disputes, Politics and Practices. SpringerLink/Palgrave Macmillan. 2021.

Boyd, Susan. Heroin: An Illustrated History. Columbia University Press. 2022.

Busby, Mattha. Should All Drugs Be Legalized? A Primer for the 21st Century. The Big Idea Series. WW Norton/Thames and Hudson, 144 pp.

Canning, Peter. A Paramedic’s DIspatches from the Front Lines of the Opioid Epidemic. JHU Press, 2021.

Caquet, P.E. Opium’s Orphans: The 200-Year History of the War on Drugs. University of Chicago Press, June 2022.

Case, Anne and Angus Deaton. Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism. Princeton University Press, 2021.

Chasteen, Charles John. Getting High: Marijuana in World History. Rowman and Littlefield, 2022. 160 pp.

Collins, John. Legalising the Drug Wars: A Regulatory HIstory of UN Drug Control. Cambridge University Press, 2021.

Farber, David. The War on Drugs: A History. NYU Press, Nov 2021.

Fisher, Carl Erik. The Urge: Our History of Addiction. Penguin Publishing Group, Jan 2022.

Goldstein, Robin and Daniel Sumner. Can Legal Weed Win? The Blunt Realities of Cannabis Economics. UC Press, June 2022.

Gootenberg, Paul. The Oxford Handbook of Global Drug History. OUP, 2022.

Gundur, R.V. Trying to Make It: The Enterprises, Gangs, and People of the American Drug Trade. Cornell University Press, August 2022.


Hart, Carl. Drug Use for Grown-ups: Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear. Penguin, 2021.

Heather, Nick, Matt Field, Antony Moss, and Sally Satel. Editors. Evaluating the Brain Disease Model of Addiction. Taylor and Francis, 2022.

Henning, April and Paul Dimeo. Doping: A Sporting History. UC Press, June 2022.

​Jensen, Steffen and Karl Hapal. Communal Intimacy and the Violence of Politics: Understanding the War on Drugs in Bagong Silang, Philippines. Cornell University Press, May 2022.

Katz Olson, Laura. Ethically Challenged: Private Equity Storms U.S. Health Care. JHU Press, March 2022.

Kumar, Vasanth. Handbook on Opium: History and Basis of Opioids in Therapeutics. Elsevier Science/ScienceDirect, 2022.

Malleck, Dan. Liquor and the Liberal State: Drink and Order Before Prohibition. University of Chicago Press/University of British Columbia Press, May 2022.

Malleck, Dan and Cheryl Krasnick Warsh. Editors. Pleasure and Panic: New Essays on the History of Alcohol and Drugs. University of Chicago Press, June 2022.

Margolin, Allison. Just Dope: The Case for Legalizing All Drugs for A More Just World. North Atlantic Books, Sept 2022.

McLean, Robert and James A. Densley. Robbery in the Illegal Drugs Trade: Violence and Vengeance. Bristol University Press, 2022. Thin Book

Payne, Brandon J. Gin, Jesus, and Jim Crow: Prohibition and the Transformation of Racial and Religious Politics in the South. LSU Press, April 2022.

Rafael, Vicente. The Sovereign Trickster: Death and Laughter in the Age of Duterte. Duke University Press, February 2022.

Richert, Lucas and Jim Mills/ Cannabis: Global Histories. MIT Press, 2021.

Ritter, Alison. Drug Policy. Routledge, 2022.

Szalavitz, Maia. Undoing Drugs: The Untold Story of Harm Reduction and the Future of Addiction. Hachette Go, 2021.

United Nations. World Drug Report 2021 or 2022. United Nations, 2021 or 2022.

Wailoo, Keith. Pushing Cool: Big Tobacco, Racial Marketing, and the Untold Story of the Menthol Cigarette. University of Chicago Press, 2021.

Zavala, Oswaldo. Drug Cartels Do Not Exist: Narcotrafficking in US and Mexican Culture. Vanderbilt University Press, May 2022.


WMHP is committed to publishing scholarship that respects and promotes diversity. We seek to work with scholars from a range of institutional affiliations, nationalities, and career stages. We encourage submissions from scholars who belong to groups which are often underrepresented within academia due to race, nationality, ethnicity, gender identity, disability, language, or other protected characteristics. We encourage WMHP authors to engage with and cite sources by scholars and other writers from groups which are often excluded from or marginalized within academia. To this end, we ask reviewers to consider, among other evaluation criteria, whether the citations for a given submission reflect the journal's commitment to diversity. We expect editors, including those of special issues, to consider the balance of voices represented in their commissioning work and to actively seek contributions from scholars who belong to underrepresented groups.


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Please contact Cynthia Golembeski: cynthia@caa.columbia.eduWorld Medical & Health Policy welcomes book reviews, commentaries, scholarly reviews, and book reviews.

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