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 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

Landfall

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.

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.

Book Cover: Mughal Occidentalism by Natif

Mughal Occidentalism: Artistic Encounters between Europe and Asia at the Courts of India, 1580-1630

August 23, 2018

Mika Natif, assistant professor of art history, elucidates the meaningful and complex ways in which Mughal artists engaged with European art and techniques from the 1580s-1630s. Using visual and textual sources, her book argues that artists repurposed Christian and Renaissance visual idioms to embody themes from classical Persian literature and represent Mughal policy, ideology and dynastic history.

Book cover: The Kingdom of God Has No Borders: A Global History of American Evangelicals

The Kingdom of God Has No Borders: A Global History of American Evangelicals

August 01, 2018

Melani McAlister, professor of American studies and international affairs, offers a daring new perspective on conservative Christianity by focusing on the world outside American borders. In a narrative covering 50 years of evangelical history, she upends much of what we know—or think we know—about American evangelicals. Her case studies examine, for example, how Christian leaders have fought to stem the tide of HIV/AIDS in Africa while also supporting harsh repression of LGBTQ communities.

Soccer Thinking for Management Success: Lessons for Organizations from the World's Game

Soccer Thinking for Management Success: Lessons for Organizations from the World's Game

July 27, 2018

Peter Loge, associate professor of media and public affairs, compares today’s successful organizations to soccer. In both, every player is a specialist and generalist; responsibility on the field is distributed; everyone on the team works for everyone else; and communication among players is constant. He draws on insights from both famous and lesser known leaders who use soccer thinking to succeed in an organizational world that, like the sport, is decentralized and never stops moving.

Naming the Dawn by Adbourahman Waberi

Naming the Dawn

May 15, 2018

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 and with the landscapes in which those poets and Waberi himself have walked.

Electoral Rules and Democracy in Latin America

Electoral Rules and Democracy in Latin America

April 26, 2018

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.

Linguistic and Material Intimacies of Cell Phones

Linguistic and Material Intimacies of Cell Phones

April 13, 2018

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.

Enemies and Friends of the State: Ancient Prophecy in Context

Enemies and Friends of the State: Ancient Prophecy in Context

April 13, 2018

Christopher A. Rollston, associate professor of Northwest Semitic languages and literatures, edited this volume that plumbs the depths of the prophetic voices of the Hebrew Bible, the Old Testament Apocrypha, and the Greek New Testament. More than 25 of the most distinguished scholars in the field of biblical studies contributed articles.

America's Middlemen: Power at the Edge of Empire

America's Middlemen: Power at the Edge of Empire

March 15, 2018

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.

International Students in First-Year Writing: A Journey Through Socio-Academic Space

International Students in First-Year Writing: A Journey Through Socio-Academic Space

March 06, 2018

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.

Mediating Islam: Cosmopolitan Journalisms in Muslim Southeast Asia by Janet Steele

Mediating Islam: Cosmopolitan Journalisms in Muslim Southeast Asia

March 01, 2018

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.

Book Cover of Eros at Dusk: Ancient Wedding and Love Poetry by Katherine Wasdin

Eros at Dusk: Ancient Wedding and Love Poetry

February 22, 2018

Katherine Wasdin, assistant professor of classics, analyzes the relationship between wedding poetry and love poetry in the classical world. By treating both Greek and Latin texts, she offers an innovative and wide-ranging discussion of the poetic representation of social occasions while adding fresh insight into the social concerns and generic composition of these occasional poems.

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