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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?