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.

Engagement for Equitable Outcomes

Engagement for Equitable Outcomes

April 01, 2022

Engagement for Equitable Outcomes provides practical suggestions for practitioners addressing urgent social problems and reducing inequities in their communities. TSPPPA's Kathryn Newcomer offers approaches and models customized to local conditions and equity-focused guidance for innovating and adapting encouraging interventions.

Pedagogical Innovations in Oral Academic Communication

Pedagogical Innovations in Oral Academic Communication

March 15, 2022

Pedagogical Innovations in Oral Academic Communication by EAP's Megan Siczek is grounded in four key principles: academic discourse socialization; context-responsive instruction; instructional approaches of English for Academic Purposes and English for Specific Purposes; and asset-oriented pedagogy. In the chapters in this collection, the authors share their teaching context, the details and underlying principles of their pedagogical approach, and recommendations for practitioners.

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Rebooting Policy Analysis: Strengthening the Foundation, Expanding the Scope

February 15, 2022

In Rebooting Policy Analysis: Strengthening the Foundation, Expanding the Scope, TSPPPA's Peter Linquiti gives a savvy introduction to policy analysis that gets students thinking, not just about how decisions should be made, but how they are made. The text highlights practical skills needed to advise decision-makers on matters of public policy in ways that are well-informed and solutions-oriented, while managing limitations like time, resources, and information. 

Chained to History: Slavery and US Foreign Relations to 1865

Chained to History: Slavery and US Foreign Relations to 1865

February 15, 2022

In Chained to History, History's Steven J. Brady places slavery at the center of the story of America's place in the world in the years prior to the calamitous Civil War. Beginning with the immediate aftermath of the War of the American Revolution, Brady follows the military, economic, and moral lines of the diplomatic challenges of attempting to manage, on the global stage, the actuality of human servitude in a country dedicated to human freedom.

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Catastrophic Success

November 15, 2021

In Catastrophic Success, Political Science's Alexander B. Downes compiles all instances of regime change around the world over the past two centuries. Drawing on this impressive data set, Downes shows that regime change increases the likelihood of civil war and violent leader removal in target states and fails to reduce the probability of conflict between intervening states and their targets.

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Psychoanalysis Under Occupation: Practicing Resistance in Palestine

November 12, 2021

Heavily influenced by Frantz Fanon and critically engaging the theories of decoloniality and liberatory psychoanalysis, co-author and Professor of Clinical Psychology Lara Sheehi platforms the lives, perspectives, and insights of psychoanalytically inflected Palestinian psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals, centering the stories that non-clinical Palestinians have entrusted to them over four years of community engagement with clinicians throughout historic Palestine.

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O Beautiful: A Novel

November 09, 2021

In this novel, English's Jung Yun gives an unflinching portrayal of a woman trying to come to terms with the ghosts of her past and the tortured realities of a deeply divided America.

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Reproduction Reconceived: Family Making and the Limits of Choice after Roe v. Wade

October 26, 2021

In this new and timely history, Professor of History and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Sara Matthiesen shows how the effects of incarceration, for-profit healthcare, disease, and poverty have been worsened by state neglect, forcing most to work harder to maintain a family.

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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.

Neutrino Mass: Past, Present, Future

Neutrino Mass: Past, Present, Future

October 01, 2021

The neutrino was predicted 90 years ago, but its mass is still unknown. In Neutrino Mass: Past, Present, Future, Physics' Igor Strakovsky traces the evolution of neutrino mass research and presents current understandings.

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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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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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25 Concepts in Modern Architecture: A Guide for Visual Thinkers

September 23, 2021

Designed to appeal to visual thinkers, Corcoran's Stephanie Travis and Catherine Anderson explore the fundamental ideas behind architectural design, through easy-to-follow sketches, drawings and succinct explanations. Taking a highly-visual approach, this simple yet visually-powerful guide is an essential companion in the design studio and to introductory courses in modern architecture, interior architecture, and interior design.

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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.