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Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Harris Mylonas authored The Politics of Nation-Building: Making Co-Nationals, Refugees, and Minorities. Mylonas explores the factors that drive states to assimilate, accommodate, or exclude groups within its territory in his leading work on the influence of international politics on nation-building. The Politics of Nation Building is the first book to deeply and intuitively explain how the politics of ethnicity at the international level determine how different ethnic groups fare in the politics of their home states.
Professor of Political Science John Sides and University of California, Los Angeles Professor Lynn Vavreck combine detailed quantitative data from the 2012 presidential election with social science and campaign reporting to provide a unique and precise picture of the election in The Gamble. The book stands out with unparalleled attention to the interplay of political strategy and chance circumstances like the economy and news events. In the end, Sides and Vavreck argue, the billion-dollar campaigns by Mitt Romney and Barack Obama largely cancel each other out allowing outside influences like economic growth to decide the election.
Jonathan Chaves, Professor of Chinese, presents the first complete Western language translation of Qing dynasty poet Wang Hongdu's writings about the Yellow Mountains in Every Rock a Universe: The Yellow Mountains and Chinese Travel Writing. Chaves explores the history of scholarly and religious pilgrimage to the mountains in China's Anhui province, renowned for their scenic beauty and inspiration, before presenting a complete English translation, with extensive annotations, of Wang's newly rediscovered travel writings. The writings show Hongdu to be one of the most accomplished poets of his day during a period of cultural renaissance in China.
Cheri Marmarosh, Professor of Clinical Psychology, co-authored Attachment in Group Psychotherapy. The book applies attachment theory to group psychotherapy by explaining how group therapists can effectively work with members of different attachment styles. The book provides clinical guidance and case examples for numerous aspects of group therapy to help readers understand the needs of each group member and help move them toward positive change.
Professor of English Jonathan Hsy offers fresh approaches to the multilingualism of major early English authors like Geoffrey Chaucer, John Gower, William Caxton, and lesser-known figures like French lyricist Charles d’Orléans in his study, Trading Tongues: Merchants, Multilingualism, and Medieval Literature. Hsy illustrates how languages commingled in late medieval and early modern cities by juxtaposing literary works with Latin and French civic records, mixed-language merchant miscellanies, and bilingual phrasebooks. The book not only illuminates how multilingual identities were expressed in the past, but generates new ways of thinking about cultural contact and language crossings in our own time.
In Religion, Politics, and Polarization: How Religiopolitical Conflict Is Changing Congress and American Democracy, Professor of Sociology and of Public Policy and Public Administration Steven Tuch, William D'Antonio, and Josiah R. Baker trace the confluence of religion and party in the U.S. Congress over time. Drawing on forty years of congressional roll call votes as well as public opinion survey data, the book argues that the ideologies of both the Democratic and Republican parties are grounded in religious values and beliefs that strongly influence the voting patterns of party members.
Alexander Dumbadze, Professor of Art History, authored Bas Jan Ader: Death is Elsewhere on the art and life of the enigmatic contemporary artist. Dumbadze looks closely at Ader's engagement with questions of free will and his ultimate success in creating art untainted by mediation in the first in-depth study of this artist who has gained legendary status with the literal will to die for his art.
Professor of Classics and History Andrew Smith authored Roman Palmyra: Identity, Community, and State Formation. The book focuses on the vastly complex eastern frontier of the Roman Empire which has been the center of debate among scholars on the interactions of Romans and natives in the Near East. Smith presents a social and political history of Roman Palmyra, the oasis city situated deep in the Syrian Desert between Damascus and the Euphrates studying the creation, structure, and maintenance of Palmyrene identity.
Stephen Kaplan, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, authored Globalization and Austerity Politics in Latin America. The book explores whether markets and democracy are compatible with a focus on the developing nations in Latin America. By combining statistical tests and extensive field research across Latin America, Kaplan examines the effect of financial globalization on economic policymaking. With the introduction of his extensive research, Kaplan is able to challenge the conventional wisdom that political business cycles are prevalent in newly democratizing regions.
Professor of Art History Alexander Dumbadze is co-editor of Contemporary Art: 1989 to the Present. An engaging account of today’s contemporary art world, the work features original articles by leading international art historians, critics, curators, and artists on the most important debates and discussions happening around the world.
Silvio Waisbord, professor of Media and Public Affairs, is co-editor of The Handbook of Global Health Communication. Waisbord and Obregon offer a comprehensive analysis of the role of communication in global public health bringing together 32 contributions from the field to address a wide range of approaches in current health programs.
Eric Cline, Chair of the Department of Classical & Near Eastern Language & Civilizations and Professor of Classics and Anthropology, is co-editor of the three-volume final report, Megiddo V—The 2004-2008 Seasons. In the set, finds of the 2004-2008 seasons from the Megiddo Expedition are recorded from a wide range of topics including the Late Bronze II–III, Iron I, and Iron IIA pottery of Megiddo, and a final account of the Early Bronze Age cultic compound.
In Reinventing Professionalism: Journalism and News in Global Perspective, Professor of Media and Public Affairs Silvio Waisbord examines the notion of professionalism in journalism. Waisbord argues that professionalism should be used as a tool of specialization and to control occupational practices. As the current technological, political, and economic climate continue to shake the field of journalism, Waisbord offers a critical assessment of journalistic professionalism in a global context.
Burt S. Barnow, Amsterdam Professor of Public Service and Economics, co-authored Occupational Labor Shortages: Concepts, Causes, Consequences, and Cures. Barnow, Trutko, and Piatak explore why occupation-specific labor shortages arise, why they are difficult to recognize, their effect on the U.S. economy, and what can be done to alleviate occupational shortages.
In The Trojan War: A Very Short Introduction, Eric Cline, Chair of the Department of Classical & Near Eastern Language & Civilizations and Professor of Classics and Anthropology, brings together evidence of the Trojan War from archaeology, Hittite texts, and Greek legend to investigate the truth about the infamous war so prominent in American pop culture. Cline offers a concise, yet original perspective on the actuality of the war examining the numerous events that may have been the basis for the Greek poet Homer's timeless epic.
Moses Schanfield, Professor of Forensic Science, is the co-author of Forensic DNA Methods and Applications. The book covers worldwide progress in the use of DNA in forensic science, including applications in bioterrorism and mass disasters. The book contains the latest methodological concepts, current uses of the techniques and their applications, recent developments in human forensic molecular biology, and law, ethics, and policy.
Citizenship and the Origins of Women's History in the United States, authored by Associate Professor of American Studies Teresa Anne Murphy outlines the development of women's history from the late eighteenth century to the time of the Civil War. Murphy examines literature that promoted domestic citizenship, and how these historical writers set the stage for a more progressive women's rights campaign. Murphy demonstrates that citizenship is at the heart of women's history and, consequently, that women's history is the history of nations.
In The Evil Necessity: British Naval Impressment in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World, Denver Brunsman, Assistant Professor of History, describes in vivid detail the experience of impressment for Atlantic seafarers and their families. Brunsman draws upon ships' logs, merchants' papers, personal letters and diaries, and a number of other primary sources to illustrate how controversy over impressment contributed to the American Revolution and was a leading cause of the War of 1812.
In Faith in Heritage: Displacement, Development, and Religious Tourism in Contemporary China, Assistant Professor of Honors and Anthropology Robert J. Shepherd examines the concept of world heritage and how it connects with tourism. Shepherd analyzes the role of religion, history, and culture in the sacredness and preservation of sites in contemporary China.
In Algebraic Topology Based on Knots, Professor of Mathematics Jozef Przytycki describes the idea of building an algebraic study based on knots. With a strong background in mathematics, Pryzytcki worked in cooperation with the University of Gdansk to compose a guidebook on knot theory and topology for undergraduate and graduate students.