Abdourahman A. Waberi, assistant professor of French and Francophone literature, authored a new volume of poetry which is introspective and inquisitive, reflecting a deep spiritual bond—with words, with the history of Islam and its great poets, with the landscapes those poets walked, among which Waberi grew up.
Cynthia McClintock, professor of political science and international affairs, provides a rigorous assessment of the implications of runoff rules in presidential elections throughout many Latin America nations. She compares them to plurality rules and demonstrates that, in contrast to early scholarly skepticism about runoffs, they have been positive for democracy in the region.
Joel Kuipers, professor of anthropology and international affairs, co-authored this detailed ethnographic and anthropological examination of the social, cultural, linguistic and material aspects of cell phones. The book links the use of cell phones to contemporary discussions about representation, mediation and subjectivity and investigates how this increasingly ubiquitous technology challenges the boundaries of privacy and selfhood and raises new questions about how we communicate.
Eric Grynaviski, associate professor of political science and international affairs, examines how and why the U.S. government has formed alliances with militias, tribes and rebels. Sometimes, these alliances have been successful. But they have also risked creating larger wars in regions where the United States has no real interest. By developing broader views about political agency—how people come to make a difference in world politics—he brings into focus new histories of world politics.
Megan Siczek, director and assistant professor of the English for Academic Purposes, explores the journey of 10 international students to better understand their experiences at a U.S. educational institution and how they constructed and revealed these experiences in this particular socio-academic space. The book gives voice to students outside the dominant cultural and linguistic community.
Janet Steele, associate professor of media and public affairs and international affairs, examines day-to-day reporting practices of Muslim professionals, from conservative scripturalists to pluralist cosmopolitans, at five exemplary news organizations in Malaysia and Indonesia. Broadening an overly narrow definition of Islamic journalism, she explores how these publications observe universal principles of journalism through an Islamic idiom.
Samuel Goldman is an assistant professor of political science, combines original research with insights from the work of historians of American religion to craft a provocative narrative that chronicles Americans' attachment to the State of Israel. He looks at the controversial special relationship between the two nations through the story of Christian Zionism in American political and religious thought from the Puritans to 9/11.
Columbian College Dean Ben Vinson, III opens new dimensions on the history of race and caste in Latin America in this examination of the extreme caste groups of Mexico. Focusing on lobos, moriscos and coyotes, he details the experiences of different races and castes while tracing the implications of their lives in the colonial world—exposing the connection between mestizaje (Latin America's modern ideology of racial mixture) and the colonial caste system.
Joel Blecher, assistant professor of history, breaks open a brand new field in Islamic studies: how hadith (Muhammad’s sayings and practices) were debated and understood over the past millennium. It offers a window into how communities from classical Muslim Spain to Medieval Egypt to modern India interpreted and re-interpreted the hadith in different ways for their own context, weaving together tales of high court rivalries, public furors and colonial politics.
Professor of English Robert McRuer asks how disability activists, artists and social movements generate change and resist the dominant forms of globalization in an age of austerity, or “crip times.” Broadly attentive to the political and economic shifts of the last several decades, he considers how transnational queer disability theory and culture—activism, blogs, art, photography, literature and performance—provide important and generative sites for both contesting austerity politics and imagining alternatives.
Eric Kramon, assistant professor of political science and international affairs, looks at examples of politicians distributing money to voters during campaigns in low-income democracies and develops an alternative theory of electoral clientelism beyond “vote buying.” Instead, he emphasizes the role of monetary handouts in conveying information to voters, helping politicians enhance the credibility of their promises to deliver development resources and particularistic benefits to their constituents.
The Fight for Fair Housing Causes, Consequences and Future Implications of the 1968 Federal Fair Housing Act
Gregory D. Squires, professor of sociology and public policy and public administration, edited this collection that explores the impact of the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968. The book brings together the nation’s leading fair housing activists and scholars to tell the stories that led to the passage of the act; its dual mandate to end discrimination and dismantle the segregated living patterns; its consequences; and its implications.
Jennifer Chang, assistant professor of English, presents a collection of poems that narrate grief and loss, and intertwines them with hope for a fresh start in the midst of new beginnings. With topics such as frustration with our social and natural world, her poems openly question the self and place and how private experiences like motherhood and sorrow necessitate a deeper engagement with public life and history.
Lisa Page, assistant professor of English and director of creative writing, coedited with former GW Writer-in-Residence Brando Skyhorse, a timely anthology that examines the complex reality of passing in America. Page shares how her white mother didn’t tell friends about her black ex-husband or that her children were, in fact, biracial.
Robert Eisen, professor of religion and Judaic studies, examines a dilemma within modern Jewish thought: Although the state of Israel has been plagued by war for much of its existence, Jewish law includes little material on moral issues in times of conflict. He features five prominent rabbis with insight into the key moral questions in war as they create an entire new body of law.