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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Shakespeare and East Asia

This work explores 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

Anthropology professor Roy Richard Grinker, Ph.D. explores the history of stigmatizing mental illness.

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Jews at Work

Professor of Economics Barry R. Chiswick published this unique, conceptual, and statistical analysis of the economic progress of American Jews.

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Popular Literature from Nineteenth-Century France: French Text

Professor of French Masha Belenky published this collection of popular French texts which encapsulates one of the liveliest eras in French history.

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A History of the Chinese Language

Hongyuan Dong provides a comprehensive introduction to the historical development of the Chinese language from its Proto-Sino-Tibetan roots to Modern Chinese.

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Viva George!: Celebrating Washington’s Birthday at the US-Mexico Border

Elaine A. Peña examines the annual celebration of George Washington’s birthday in the border towns of Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas.

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El imperio de la utopía: Mitos y realidades de la sociedad estadounidense

Silvio Waisbord offers an X-ray of current American society that helps to understand its historical contradictions and power to build myths and hide realities.

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Graphic Migrations: Precarity and Gender in India and the Diaspora

Kavita Daiya provides an archive of refugee experiences to respond to the question “What is created?” after decolonization and the 1947 Partition of India.

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The Regal Lemon Tree

Translated from Spanish by Sergio Waisman, "The Regal Lemon Tree" is one of the late Juan José Saer's most beloved novels.

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Henry Adams in Washington

Ormond Seavey integrates the diverse aspects of Adams's writing, arguing for his placement among the major American writers of the nineteenth century.

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Gente: A Task-Based Approach to Learning Spanish

María J. de la Fuente, professor of Spanish, is the author of "Gente," the only task-based, Spanish language learning textbook in the United States.

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Curbing the Court: Why the Public Constrains Judicial Independence

Brandon Bartels co-authored this examination of how political actors seek to limit the Supreme Court’s power when it suits their aims.

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Differentiating the Pearl from the Fish-Eye: Ouyang Jingwu and the Revival of Scholastic Buddhism

Eyal Aviv offers an account of Ouyang Jingwu, a leading intellectual who revived the Buddhist scholastic movement during the early Republican period in China.

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Biophysics: A Student’s Guide to the Physics of the Life Sciences and Medicine

Physics professor William Carleton Park gives a comprehensive and extensive classroom-tested biophysics textbook.

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A Musical Education

Translated from Spanish by Sergio Waisman, professor of Spanish and international affairs, "A Musical Education" is a compilation of poems by Yaki Setton.

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Digital Pirates: Policing Intellectual Property in Brazil

Alexander Dent examines the unauthorized creation, distribution and consumption of movies and music in Brazil.

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Laughing North Koreans

Immanuel Kim argues that comedy films, popular comedians, and the viewers have an intricate interdependent relationship that shaped the film culture.

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Spiders of the World: A Natural History

Written by leading experts on spiders, including Biology’s Gustavo Hormiga, Spiders of the World covers an array of spider species from around the globe.

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Friend

Translated by Immanuel Kim, Paek Nam-nyong’s "Friend" is a tale of marital intrigue, abuse, and divorce in North Korea.

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Ruling the Savage Periphery: Frontier Governance and the Making of the Modern State

Benjamin Hopkins makes a case that “failed states” along the periphery of today’s international system are the intended result of 19th century colonial design.