Francesco L. Sinatora, assistant professor of Arabic, builds on the Bakhtinian concept of linguistic hybridity to conduct a longitudinal analysis of Syrian dissidents’ social media practices between 2009 and 2017. He shows how dissidents have used social media to emerge in the discourse about the Syrian conflict and how language has been used symbolically as a tool of social and political engagement in an increasingly complex sociopolitical context.
Gelaye Debebe, associate professor of organizational sciences, brings to life an interdisciplinary framework of leadership effectiveness with detailed and illuminating descriptions of four leadership transformations facilitated by care-practices used in a specific leader development program. She tailors her discussion to academics who teach or research leadership, to HR professionals seeking fresh ideas for maximizing the impact of leadership training for women and to anyone with a passion for personal growth and development.
Jeffrey Blount, media and public affairs journalist-in-residence and Shapiro Fellow, reflects on race and identity in this novel about a father haunted by the racism and class status imposed on blacks during the 1960s. Caught in a crossﬁre of hate from whites and his own people, who question whether he is black enough, the protagonist seeks perspective and peace in family.
Nemata Blyden, associate professor of history and international affairs, presents an introduction to the relationship between African Americans and Africa from the era of slavery to the present, mapping several overlapping diasporas. Investigating questions fundamental to the study of African American history and culture, she asks: What is an “African American” and how does this identity relate to the African continent?
Lisa Lipinski, assistant professor of art history, explores the Surrealist artist René Magritte’s paintings as a form of thinking, probing the limits of our perception through ordinary objects rendered with illusionism. She argues that Magritte’s painting is about vision and the act of viewing, of perception itself and the process of how we see and experience things in the world, including paintings as things.
Silvio Waisbord, professor of media and public affairs, argues that communication studies is a post-discipline and that it is impossible to transcend fragmentation and specialization through a single project of intellectual unity in this important text for scholars, advanced students of communication studies and anyone interested in the state of the field.
Tara S. Behrend, associate professor of industrial-organizational psychology, co-edited this volume of contributions from leading scholars that argues that the large-scale multifaceted efforts required to ensure a reliable and strong supply of talent and skill in the U.S. workforce should be addressed systematically, simultaneously and systemically across disciplines of thought and levels of analysis.
Thomas Mallon, English Professor Emeritus, completes a trilogy of novels on contemporary American politics with a fictionalized story set during the tumultuous middle of the George W. Bush years—amid the twin catastrophes of the Iraq insurgency and Hurricane Katrina. The cast of characters includes the president’s crafty mother, former First Lady Barbara Bush; his eager-to-please secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice; the manipulative Donald Rumsfeld; and foreign leaders from Tony Blair to Vladimir Putin.
John Sides, professor of political science, co-authored this in-depth account of the 2016 presidential election that explains Donald Trump’s victory. Taking readers from the bruising primaries to an election night whose outcome defied the predictions of the pollsters and pundits, he shows how fundamental characteristics of the nation and its politics―the state of the economy, the Obama presidency and the demographics of the political parties―combined with the candidates’ personalities and rhetoric to produce one of the most unexpected presidencies in history.