Associate Professor of Political Science Brandon Bartels co-authored this examination of how political actors seek to limit the Supreme Court’s power when it suits their aims—particularly during times of sharp partisan polarization. Backed by a wealth of observational and experimental data, the authors present a new theory of how we perceive the Supreme Court. They give fresh insights into the vulnerability of judicial institutions in an increasingly contentious era of American politics.
Assistant Professor of Religion Eyal Aviv offers an account of Ouyang Jingwu (1871-1943), a leading intellectual who revived the Buddhist scholastic movement during the early Republican period in China. Ouyang believed that authentic Indian Buddhism was an alternative to the prevalent Chinese Buddhist doctrines of his time. Aviv shows how Ouyang's rhetoric of authenticity won the movement well-known admirers but also influential critics. This debate shaped modern intellectual history in China.
Associate Professor of Anthropology & International Affairs Alexander Dent examines the unauthorized creation, distribution and consumption of movies and music in Brazil with this look at how 21st century capitalism generates piracy while producing fraught consumer experiences in Latin America and beyond. He offers a new definition of piracy as indispensable to current capitalism alongside increasing global enforcement of intellectual property. He draws on his fieldwork in and around São Paulo with pirates, musicians, filmmakers, police, salesmen, technicians, policymakers, politicians, activists and consumers.
Associate Professor of History Benjamin Hopkins makes a provocative case that “failed states” along the periphery of today’s international system are the intended result of 19th century colonial design. From the Afghan frontier to the pampas of Argentina, colonial empires drew borders with an eye toward placing indigenous people just close enough to take advantage of, with lasting ramifications for the global nation-state. The present global order, Hopkins argues is the tragic legacy of a colonial design.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.