Recent Faculty Books

Making News at The New York Times

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.

Prismatic Ecology: Ecotheory beyond Green

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, professor of English, edited this collection of essays, organized by the structure of a prism, which moves beyond the accustomed green readings of ecotheory and brings together writers who illustrate the vibrant worlds formed by colors.

Abraham Shlonsky: An Introduction to His Poetry

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

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.

Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics

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.



At the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, we foster discovery and creativity in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. As a premier research facility, students work side-by-side with faculty in labs, classrooms and the field to uncover new questions and answer age-old mysteries.

Our departments are actively engaged in cutting-edge research initiatives, partnering with prestigious institutes and foundations. Through the constant development of theories, the gathering and interpretation of data and the formulation of new techniques of inquiry, our research helps find solutions to real-world concerns.

New Research Grants

Research Grants Pave Way for Discoveries

From scientific investigations on the origins of diabetes and the consequences of melting Arctic ice, to historical perspectives on the Ottoman Empire and D.C.’s African-American cultural legacy, to research projects in Java and Uganda, it’s been a banner year for major new research grants at Columbian College. Read more.

Research Publication

Columbian College Research Publication