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: 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.

Book cover of "Women's Leadership Development: Caring Environments and Paths to Transformation" by Gelaye Debebe

Women's Leadership Development: Caring Environments and Paths to Transformation

June 24, 2019

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.

Book cover of "The Emancipation of Evan Walls" by Jeffrey Blount

The Emancipation of Evan Walls

June 15, 2019

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.

Book cover of "African Americans & Africa: A New History" by Nemata Amelia Ibitayo Blyden.

African Americans and Africa: A New History

May 28, 2019

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?

Book cover of "Réne Magritte and the Art of Thinking" by Lisa Lipinski

René Magritte and the Art of Thinking

April 26, 2019

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.

Spinoza's Challenge to Jewish Thought: Writings on His Life, Philosophy, and Legacy

Spinoza's Challenge to Jewish Thought: Writings on His Life, Philosophy, and Legacy

March 15, 2019
Daniel Schwartz, associate professor of history, examines the Jewish response to Baruch (Benedict) Spinoza, the controversial 17thcentury philosopher and pioneering biblical critic, who is revered in some circles as the patron saint of secular Jewishness and branded by others as the worst traitor to the Jewish people in modern times. The book presents the development of Spinoza’s posthumous legacy through a mix of genres from philosophical criticism and historical fiction to tributes and diary entries.
Book Cover of Communication: A Post-Discipline by Silvio Waisbord

Communication: A Post-Discipline

March 11, 2019

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.

Book Cover of Workforce Readiness and the Future of Work by Tara Behrend

Workforce Readiness and the Future of Work

February 26, 2019

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.

Book Cover of Landfall by Thomas Mallon


February 19, 2019

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.

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On the Rock: The Acropolis Interviews

February 19, 2019
Allyson Vieira, assistant professor of foundations, interviews marble workers laboring on the decades‐long restoration of the Acropolis as she explores the workers’ craft, techniques, training and specific roles in their unique and deeply personal voices. Her book brings together ancient building practices, the teaching of traditional craft, changes in the practice of architectural restoration and the social and class dynamics within the restoration site.
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Race (The New Critical Idiom)

February 03, 2019
Alexa Alice Joubin, professor of English, theatre, international affairs and East Asian languages and Cultures, co-authored this new work that draws on culturally and historically diverse materials to examine the intersections of race and gender, whiteness, blackness in a global context and race in South Africa, Israel, India, Europe, the United States, East Asia and Asian America. From Black Lives Matter movements to #MeToo movements, the book close reads a wide array of examples from the Middle Ages to Renaissance to the 20th century.
Partitions: A Transnational History of Twentieth-Century Territorial Separatism

Partitions: A Transnational History of Twentieth-Century Territorial Separatism

January 29, 2019
Arie M. Dubnov, associate professor of history, and Max Ticktin, Chair of Israel Studies, co-edited this first collective history of the concept of partition, the physical division of territory along ethno-religious lines into separate nation-states. The book traces the emergence of partition in the aftermath of the First World War and locates its genealogy in the politics of 20th century empire and decolonization.
Where I Have Never Been

Where I Have Never Been: Migration, Melancholia, and Memory in Asian American Narratives of Return

January 04, 2019
Patricia Chu, professor of English, presents narratives from 100 diasporic Asian American offspring who symbolically “returned” to their ancestral countries. These narratives (including tales of actual returns by Asian American immigrants) depict migration-related melancholia, question official histories and portray Asian diasporic families as flexible and transpacific. She recasts Asian Americans not only as minorities in America, but also as global subjects in narratives of educational exchange, commerce and global migration.
Book Cover: Identity Crisis by John Sides

Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America

October 30, 2018

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.

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The Internet Trap: How the Digital Economy Builds Monopolies and Undermines Democracy

September 25, 2018
Matthew Hindman, associate professor of media and public affairs, challenges our perceptions of the online economy by shedding light on the stunning rise of digital giants like Google and Facebook who dominate the time we spend online and grab all the profits from the attention economy. He explains why the internet is not the postindustrial technology that has been sold to the public.