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.

Portraits of the Queen Mother

Portraits of the Queen Mother: Polemics, Panegyrics, Letters

October 31, 2014

Leah Chang, associate professor of French, and co-author Katherine Kong study and translate various documents from letters to diplomatic reports related to Catherine de Medicis.

Samuel F. B. Morse's "Gallery of the Louvre" and the Art of Invention

Samuel F. B. Morse's "Gallery of the Louvre" and the Art of Invention

October 28, 2014

David Bjelajac, professor of art history and American studies, wrote a chapter in this book (edited by Peter Brownlee) that explores the fresh insights of academics, curators, and conservators who focus on the visual components and cultural contexts of Samuel F. B. Morse's painting "Gallery of the Louvre."

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On the Very Edge

October 23, 2014
Lilien Robinson, professor of art history, contributes to this work, which compiles fourteen empirical and comparative essays about modernism in the architecture, visual arts, and literature of interwar Serbia (1918-1941).
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October 01, 2014

Michelle Frankfurter, adjunct professor of new media photojournalism, seeks to capture through photography the experience of undocumented Central American migrants and their perilous journey in pursuit of a better life.

The Image of the Prophet between Ideal and Ideology

The Image of the Prophet between Ideal and Ideology

September 30, 2014

David Bjelajac, professor of art history and American studies, authored a chapter for this volume, which aims to elucidate Muhammad’s visualization in the West vis-à-vis his image in Islam. He explores this concept in Adolph A. Weinman’s Sculpture Frieze for the United States Supreme Court.

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Making Law and Courts Research Relevant

September 25, 2014

In his esteemed book, Brandon Bartels, associate professor of political science, argues that research can be more directly relevant to broader audiences outside of academia.

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Democracy's Double-Edged Sword

August 22, 2014

Catie Snow Bailard, assistant professor of media and public affairs, argues that the Internet directly influences the ability of individuals to evaluate government performance, affects public satisfaction with the quality of available democratic practices and helps motivate political activity.

Orgies of Feeling: Melodrama and the Politics of Freedom

Orgies of Feeling: Melodrama and the Politics of Freedom

August 05, 2014

Elisabeth Anker, assistant professor of American studies and political science, argues that American politics is often influenced by melodrama narratives from cinema and literature. This book focuses on the role of melodrama in the news media and presidential speeches after 9/11.

Constructive Illusions by Eric Grynaviski

Constructive Illusions

July 10, 2014

Eric Grynaviski, assistant professor of political science and international affairs, argues that when nations mistakenly believe they share a mutual understanding, international cooperation is more likely and more productive than if they had a genuine understanding of each other's position. Grynaviski shows how such constructive misunderstandings allowed for cooperation between the U.S. and the Soviet Union between 1972 and 1979.

Photo of book cover Frontiers in Autism Research

Frontiers in Autism Research

July 07, 2014
Donna Betts, assistant professor of art therapy, contributed to this book, which examines the emerging and expanding areas of research on autism spectrum disorders and their potential to lead to better diagnosis and more effective therapies. Her chapter is entitled "The Contributions of Art Therapy in Treatment, Assessment, and Research with People Who have Autism Spectrum Disorders."
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The Chemistry and Physics of Drugs Used in Anesthesia

July 01, 2014

Cynthia Dowd, associate professor of chemistry, co-wrote this in-depth exploration of physics to significantly expand and update "The Chemistry of Drugs for Nurse Anesthetists," making this new text even more integral to practicing Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists and the education of student registered nurse anesthetists.

The Art of City Sketching: A Field Manual

The Art of City Sketching: A Field Manual

June 14, 2014

Michael Abrams, adjunct professor of interior architecture and design, guides readers through the laborious and sometimes complex process of sketching the built environment. Through this exercise, readers can develop their conceptual drawing skills and better draw what they imagine.

Judaism in Transition: How Economic Choices Shape Religious Tradition

Judaism in Transition: How Economic Choices Shape Religious Tradition

June 04, 2014

Carmel Chiswick, professor of economics, argues that economics is a blind spot in our understanding of religion and recasts the history of American Jews as one of innovation in order to maintain a distinctive Jewish culture.

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Ninigret, Sachem of the Niantics and Narragansetts

June 03, 2014
David J. Silverman, professor of history, has created a biography of Ninigret, a sachem of the Niantic and Narragansett Indians. Silverman and his co-author assert that Ninigret was the most influential Indian leader of his era in southern New England as he was at the center of almost every major development involving southern New England Indians between the Pequot War of 1636–37 and King Philip's War of 1675–76.
Abraham Shlonsky: An Introduction to His Poetry

Abraham Shlonsky: An Introduction to His Poetry

May 13, 2014

Ari Ofengenden, assistant professor of Hebrew, explores the work of Abraham Shlonsky whose poetry redeems the experiences of immigrants, refugees and urban outcasts following the traumatic events of the First World War and the Civil War in Russia.