Faculty Books

From the history of race and caste in Latin America to the role of music in religion around the world, Columbian College faculty publish numerous thought-provoking and timely titles every year. Their work has topped bestseller lists, inspired debate and dialogue and received positive reviews from high-profile outlets like the Los Angeles Review of Books and The New York Times.

Book Cover of Digging up Armageddon the Search for the Lost City of Solomon by Eric Cline

Digging Up Armageddon: The Search for the Lost City of Solomon

March 17, 2020

Professor of Classics and Anthropology Eric H. Cline brings to life one of the most important expeditions ever undertaken: the 1925 journey by a team of archaeologists to the Holy Land to excavate the ancient site of Megiddo—Armageddon in the New Testament—which the Bible says was fortified by King Solomon. Drawing on a trove of the team’s writings and correspondence spanning more than three decades, he paints a vivid portrait of the early years of biblical archaeology.

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Al-Munjiz: Advanced Business Arabic

March 02, 2020

Associate Professor of Arabic and International Affairs Mohssen Esseesy helps learners cultivate strategies for increasing language proficiency while building strong cultural awareness in this content-based textbook for advanced business Arabic. Promoting crucial critical thinking and problem solving skills for business competency, Esseesy merges language instruction with lessons on how to design an appropriate résumé, respond to a job advertisement, analyze energy and fuel markets and otherwise navigate Arab business contexts.

A Cultural History of Disability by Eric McRuer

A Cultural History of Disability: Volumes 1-6 (The Cultural Histories Series)

February 06, 2020

English Professor Robert McRuer co-edited this six-volume series that spans 2,500 years of history and features 50 experts contributing their overview on questions such as: How has our understanding and treatment of disability evolved in Western culture? And how has it been represented and perceived in different social and cultural conditions? The volumes describe different kinds of physical and mental disabilities, their representations and receptions and what impact they have had on society and everyday life.

Principles of Animal Research Ethics by Tom Beauchamp and David DeGrazia

Principles of Animal Research Ethics

January 30, 2020

Elton Professor of Philosophy David DeGrazia co-authored this first volume to present a framework of general principles for animal research ethics together with an analysis of the principles' meaning and moral requirements. Based on six moral principles, it addresses ethical requirements pertaining to societal benefit—a critical consideration in justifying the harming of animals in research—and features a thorough program of animal welfare protection.

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China and the World

January 30, 2020

Gaston Sigur Professor of Asian Studies, Political Science & International Affairs David Shambaugh edited this comprehensive and timely scholarly assessment of China’s position in all regions of the world, with all major powers and across multiple arenas of international interactions. With commentary by 15 leading international authorities, this volume explores the sources of China's grand strategy, how the past shapes the present and the impact of domestic factors that shape China's external behavior.

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Sarra Copia Sulam: A Jewish Salonnière and the Press in Counter-Reformation Venice

December 20, 2019

Associate Professor of Italian Lynn Westwater authored this first biography of Sarra Copia Sulam, the 17th century Jewish poet and polemicist who led one of the most public and enduring forums for Jewish-Christian interaction in early modern Venice. Though Copia Sulam built a powerful intellectual network, published a popular work on the immortality of the soul, and gained fame for her erudition, her literary career foundered under the weight of slanderous charges against her sexual, professional and religious integrity.

Engine of Modernity: The Omnibus and Urban Culture in Nineteenth-Century Paris by Masha Belensky

Engine of Modernity: The Omnibus and Urban Culture in Nineteenth-Century Paris

December 17, 2019

Masha Belenky, associate professor of French, examines the connection between public transportation and popular culture in 19th-century Paris through a focus on the omnibus—a horse-drawn vehicle of urban transport. At the intersection of literary criticism and cultural history, the book argues that the omnibus was a metaphor through which writers and artists explored evolving social dynamics of class and gender, meditated on the meaning of progress and change and reflected on one’s own literary and artistic practices.

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U.S. Inspectors General: Truth telling in Turbulent Times

December 03, 2019

Kathryn Newcomer, professor of public policy and public administration, co-authored this comprehensive, up-to-date examination of how inspectors general have operated in the four decades since Congress established the offices to investigate waste, fraud and mismanagement at federal agencies and to promote efficiency and effectiveness in government programs. Based on in-depth case studies, a survey of inspectors general, and a review of public documents, the book emphasize the "strategic environment" in which inspectors general work and interact with a variety of stakeholders, inside and outside the government.

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After the Berlin Wall: Memory and the Making of the New Germany, 1989 to the Present

November 30, 2019

Hope M. Harrison, associate professor of history and international affairs, draws on extensive archival sources and interviews to profile key memory activists who have fought to commemorate the history of the Berlin Wall. She examines their role in the creation of a new German national narrative three decades after the fall of the Wall, and traces how global memory of the Wall has impacted German memory policy.

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Graphic Narratives about South Asia and South Asian America

November 19, 2019

Kavita Daiya, director of the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, edited this collection which explores the field of Comics Studies in South Asia, illuminating an art form in which there has been a much-documented explosion of recent interest. It brings together a diverse group of scholars from Asia, Europe and North America to examine aesthetics, politics, and ideology in sequential art about South Asia and South Asian America.

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"This Mighty Convulsion": Whitman and Melville Write the Civil War

November 15, 2019

Christopher Sten, professor of English and American literature, co-edited this collection of essays, the first book exclusively devoted to the Civil War writings of Walt Whitman and Herman Melville, arguably the most important poets of the war. This volume adds to recent critical appreciation of the skill and sophistication of these poets; growing recognition of the complexity of their views of the war; and heightened appreciation for the anxieties they harbored about its aftermath.

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Out of Stock: The Warehouse in the History of Capitalism

November 07, 2019

Dara Orenstein, associate professor of American studies, delivers an account of perhaps the most generic and underappreciated site in American commerce and industry: the warehouse. She traces the progression from the 19th century’s bonded warehouses to today’s foreign-trade zones and contends that these zones are emblematic of why warehouses have begun to supplant factories in the age of Amazon and Walmart. Drawing from cultural geography, cultural history and political economy, she demonstrates the centrality of warehouses for corporations, workers, cities and empires.

This Land Is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving book cover

This Land Is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving

November 05, 2019

David J. Silverman, professor of history, the story of the first Thanksgiving , with this new look at the Plymouth colony's founding events, told for the first time with Wampanoag people at the heart of the story. Ahead of the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving, this unsettling history reveals why some modern Native people hold a Day of Mourning on Thanksgiving, a holiday which, Silverman argues, celebrates a myth of colonialism and white proprietorship of the United States.

Book Cover: Language, Identity, and Syrian Political Activism on Social Media by Francesco L. Sinatora

Language, Identity, and Syrian Political Activism on Social Media

September 30, 2019

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.

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The Best American Poetry 2019

September 10, 2019

Jane Shore, professor of English, is among the contributors to this annual collection, the leading anthology of contemporary American poetry. Her poem “Who Knows One,” which originally appeared in the New Yorker magazine, was cited in this volume of the year’s most defining, striking and innovative poems and poets.

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