Published Books

Columbian College faculty are filling the bookshelves with prolific scholarly publications on an array of fascinating topics. The following is a sampling of our faculty’s recently published books.



Orgies of Feeling: Melodrama and the Politics of Freedom

Orgies of Feeling: Melodrama and the Politics of Freedom

August 05, 2014

Elisabeth Anker, assistant professor of American studies and political science, argues that American politics is often influenced by melodrama narratives from cinema and literature. This book focuses on the role of melodrama in the news media and presidential speeches after 9/11.

Constructive Illusions by Eric Grynaviski

Constructive Illusions

July 10, 2014

Eric Grynaviski, assistant professor of political science and international affairs, argues that when nations mistakenly believe they share a mutual understanding, international cooperation is more likely and more productive than if they had a genuine understanding of each other's position. Grynaviski shows how such constructive misunderstandings allowed for cooperation between the U.S. and the Soviet Union between 1972 and 1979.

The Art of City Sketching: A Field Manual by Michael Abrams

The Art of City Sketching: A Field Manual

June 14, 2014

Illustrated with hundreds of drawings by Adjunct Professor of Interior Architecture and Design Michael Abrams, students and professionals of cityscapes and buildings around Europe, the United States and Puerto Rico, this book helps you develop your conceptual drawings skills so that you can communicate graphically to represent the built environment.

Abraham Shlonsky: An Introduction to His Poetry

Abraham Shlonsky: An Introduction to His Poetry

May 13, 2014

Ari Ofengenden, assistant professor of Hebrew, explores the work of Abraham Shlonsky whose poetry redeems the experiences of immigrants, refugees and urban outcasts following the traumatic events of the First World War and the Civil War in Russia.

Intimate Collaborations: Kandinsky and Münter, Arp and Taeuber

Intimate Collaborations: Kandinsky and Münter, Arp and Taeuber

May 06, 2014

Assistant Professor of Art History Bibiana Obler examines the work and lives of Expressionist artists Wassily Kandinsky and Gabriele Münter and Dadaists Hans Arp and Sophie Taeuber, and illuminates the roles of gender and applied art in abstraction’s early days.

Burn After Reading

Burn After Reading

April 28, 2014

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, professor of English, edited Volume 2 of Burn After Reading, a collection of voices from within medieval and early modern studies, which seeks to continue the conversation on how to shape premodern studies and the humanities.

Making News at The New York Times

Making News at The New York Times

April 24, 2014

Nikki Usher, assistant professor of media and public affairs, provides an in-depth portrait of The New York Times in this chronicle of newsroom observations. The book argues that immediacy, interactivity, and participation are reordering the fundamental processes of news production, creating clashes between old and new.

1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed

1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed

March 23, 2014

Eric Cline, professor of classics, anthropology and history, draws a sweeping panorama of the empires and globalized peoples of the Late Bronze Age and shows that it was their very interdependence that hastened their dramatic collapse and ushered in a dark age that lasted centuries.

The Black Body in Ecstasy: Reading Race, Reading Pornography

The Black Body in Ecstasy: Reading Race, Reading Pornography

March 14, 2014

Jennifer Nash, assistant professor of American studies, examines how racial fictions can create a space of agency and pleasure for female subjects through the reading of hardcore pornographic films. Drawing on feminist and queer theory, critical race theory, and media studies, she creates a new black feminist interpretative practice that is attentive to the contradictions at the heart of black pleasures.

Life-Span Human Development

Life-Span Human Development

February 07, 2014

Co-author Carol Sigelman, professor of psychology and applied social psychology, presents a chronological organization of areas of development, such as physical growth, cognition, and personality, outlining developmental patterns from infancy to old age. This new edition enables students to engage with the content and comprehend the processes of growth that occur in key areas of human development.

Healing after Parent Loss in Childhood and Adolescence: Therapeutic Interventions and Theoretical Considerations

Healing after Parent Loss in Childhood and Adolescence

January 31, 2014

Co-editor Richard Ruth, professor of professional psychology, explores the varied, often complex, and always tragic circumstances under which young people face losing a parent. This volume will equip and empower clinicians of all kinds who undertake work with those who are grieving.

Forensic DNA Methods and Applications

Forensic DNA Methods and Applications

January 29, 2014

Moses Schanfield, professor of forensic sciences and anthropology, co-authored this book, which covers worldwide progress in the use of DNA in forensic science, including applications in bioterrorism and mass disasters, the latest methodological concepts and recent developments in human forensic molecular biology, and law, ethics, and policy.

The Open Mind: Cold War Politics and the Sciences of Human Nature

The Open Mind: Cold War Politics and the Sciences of Human Nature

January 21, 2014

Jamie Cohen-Cole, assistant professor of American studies, chronicles the development of a rational, creative, and autonomous self and demonstrates how the self became a defining feature of Cold War culture. Cohen-Cole presents an explanation of how policy makers and social critics used the idea of open-minded human nature to advance centrist politics from 1945 to 1965.

Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics

Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics

January 21, 2014

Editor Kerric Harvey, associate professor of media and public affairs, explores how social media is altering politics in the United States and around the world. This set covers the disruptive technologies that are changing American politics and the amazing transformations that social media use is rendering in other political systems.

Bits and Atoms Book Cover

Bits and Atoms

January 07, 2014

Steven Livingston, professor of media and public affairs, seeks to understand what effect the explosive growth of new information and communication technology has on the governance potential of areas with "limited statehood." Can the growth of digital technology fill the governance vacuum created by the absence of an effective state in North Africa, the Middle East, and the former Soviet Union?