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.

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Judaism and Violence

October 01, 2021

In this book, Religion's Robert Eisen explores the potential in Judaism to incite Jews to engage in violence against non-Jews. The analysis proceeds in historical fashion, with sections devoted to the Hebrew Bible, rabbinic Judaism, medieval and early modern Judaism, and modern Zionism.

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The PhD Parenthood Trap: Caught Between Work and Family in Academia

October 01, 2021

In The PhD Parenthood Trap, co-author and Political Science professory Kerry F. Crawford reveals the realities of raising kids, on or off the tenure track, and suggest reforms to help support parents throughout their careers. This work provides scholars, academic mentors, and university administrators with empirical evidence and steps to break down personal and structural barriers between parenthood and scholarly careers.

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Divisions: A New History of Racism and Resistance in America's World War II Military

October 01, 2021

This is the first comprehensive look at racism within America's World War II military, looking at the complex division of African Americans, white Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans. In this work, Chair of American Studies Thomas A. Guglielmo examines racism and resistance to racism in the military from the enlisted personnel in the field to commanders in headquarters to civilian leaders in Washington.

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News Hole: The Demise of Local Journalism and Political Engagement

September 16, 2021

In recent decades, turnout in US presidential elections has soared, education levels have hit historic highs, and the internet has made information more accessible than ever. Yet over that same period, Americans have grown less engaged with local politics and elections. Drawing on detailed analysis of fifteen years of reporting in over 200 local newspapers, along with election returns, surveys, and interviews with journalists, this study by Political Science's Danny Hayes shows that the demise of local journalism has played a key role in the decline of civic engagement.

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Transnational Feminist Itineraries

August 13, 2021

Edited by Director of WGSS Ashwini TambeTransnational Feminist Itineraries brings together scholars and activists from multiple continents to demonstrate the ongoing importance of transnational feminist theory in challenging neoliberal globalization and the rise of authoritarian nationalisms around the world.

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Promoting Justice Across Borders: The Ethics of Reform Intervention

August 01, 2021

Professor of Political Science, Lucia M. Rafanelli, examines the full range of activities that qualify as reform intervention, understood as any attempt to promote justice in a foreign society. In this book, she bridges the gap between theory and practice by illustrating how ethical principles could (and should) inform real-world political decision-making and introduces a new typology of various kinds of reform intervention.

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Crisis Averted: PR Strategies to Protect Your Reputation and the Bottom Line

July 27, 2021

In Crisis Averted, Communications professor Evan Nierman explores the unpredictable world of crisis management and the decisions that make or break a company’s future. A no-nonsense playbook offering practical guidance, applying its principles and strategies will empower you to approach potential challenges with confidence and competence.

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Shock to the System: Coups, Elections, and War on the Road to Democratization

July 20, 2021

Shock to the System presents a novel theory of democratization that focuses on how events like coups, wars, and elections disrupt autocratic regimes and trigger democratic change. Employing the broadest qualitative and quantitative analyses of democratization to date, Political Science professor Michael Miller demonstrates that more than nine in ten transitions since 1800 occur in one of two ways: countries democratize following a major violent shock or an established ruling party democratizes through elections and regains power within democracy. 

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China's Leaders: From Mao to Now

June 25, 2021

In this definitive study, renowned Sinologist and Professor of Political Science David Shambaugh offers a refreshing account of China’s dramatic post-revolutionary history through the prism of those who ruled it. Covering the full scope of these leaders’ personalities and power, this is an illuminating guide to China’s modern history and understanding how China has become the superpower of today.

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After Nationalism: Being American in an Age of Division

June 04, 2021

Professor of Political Science Samuel Goldman trains a sympathetic but skeptical eye on the trend of rising nationalism, highlighting the deep challenges that face any contemporary effort to revive social cohesion at the national level.

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Shakespeare and East Asia

March 21, 2021

Shakespeare and East Asia, by Professor of English, Theatre, International Affairs and East Asian Languages and Cultures Alexa Joubin, is the first volume on Shakespeare in East Asia in comparative contexts. This work explores transforming East Asian performances and reworkings of Shakespeare in Japan, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong.

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Nobody's Normal

January 26, 2021

Anthropology professor Roy Richard Grinker, Ph.D. explores the history of stigmatizing mental illness. With both a scientific and personal approach to the topic, Grinker infuses the book with the personal history of his family’s four generations of involvement in psychiatry. Grinker argues that we are at the cusp of a more accepting society, providing a hopeful outlook for people living with mental illness.

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Jews at Work

January 07, 2021

Professor of Economics Barry R. Chiswick published this unique, conceptual, and statistical analysis of the economic progress of American Jews. This book examines the educational, occupational, and income progress of Jewish people in the labor market. It provides in depth examinations of their achievements in the face of discrimination and displays their consistent growth in the areas of education and economics.

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Popular Literature from Nineteenth-Century France: French Text

January 07, 2021

Professor of French Masha Belenky published this collection of popular French texts which encapsulates one of the liveliest eras in French history. Each work in this volume offers a liverly, humorous look into the daily lives of the citizens of France during the 19th century. From literary guidebooks to examinations of fashion and society, Belenky provides a window into the time period and the authors that defined it.

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A History of the Chinese Language

December 30, 2020

"A History of the Chinese Language" by Hongyuan Dong provides a comprehensive introduction to the historical development of the Chinese language from its Proto-Sino-Tibetan roots in prehistoric times to Modern Standard Chinese. Taking a highly accessible and balanced approach, it presents a chronological survey of the various stages of the Chinese language, covering key aspects such as phonology, syntax and semantics.