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.

Elemental Ecocriticism: Thinking with Earth, Air, Water, and Fire

Elemental Ecocriticism: Thinking with Earth, Air, Water, and Fire

December 23, 2015

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, professor of English, co-edited this essay collection which provides correctives to the idea of the material world as mere resource. The book shows how elemental materiality precipitates new engagements with the ecological.

Writing Neoliberal Values: Rhetorical Connectivities and Globalized Capitalism

Writing Neoliberal Values: Rhetorical Connectivities and Globalized Capitalism

October 06, 2015

Rachel Reidner, professor of writing and women's studies, examines human-interest stories that circulate narratives about how markets, in alliance with nation-states, promote freedom and bring stability to previously marginalized people.

Life After Death, Resurrection, Judgement, and the Final Destiny of the Soul: Volume 1

Life After Death: Resurrection, Judgment, and the Final Destiny of the Soul

October 01, 2015

With religious turmoil and tension dominating the global headlines, many people around the world hold confused or incorrect views about Islamic teachings and tradition. In Life After Death: Resurrection, Judgment, and the Final Destiny of the Soul, Professor of Religion Mohammad Faghfoory translates, annotates and introduces scholarly theses that explore the concept of death in Islam, and the way the Islamic idea of an afterlife can inspire adherents toward a morally upstanding existence. Belief in life after death is the first among the five fundamental pillars of Islamic tradition; without it, the religion teaches, the other pillars become meaningless. Faghfoory shows how Muslims regard this essential tenet of their faith as a concept that gives meaning to life and illuminates the purpose of the creation of man.

Finale: A Novel of the Reagan Years

Finale: A Novel of the Reagan Years

September 15, 2015

Thomas Mallon, professor of English, brings the tumultuous Reagan administration to life, turning iconic political figures like Mikhail Gorbachev and Margaret Thatcher into brilliant characters and positioning Reagan as the most consequential and enigmatic president in modern times.

Urban Neighborhoods in a New Era: Revitalization Politics in the Postindustrial City

Urban Neighborhoods in a New Era: Revitalization Politics in the Postindustrial City

September 11, 2015

Robert P. Stoker, professor of political science, co-edited this collection of studies by distinguished political scientists and urban planning scholars offering a rich analysis of shifts in North American cities, showing how politicians and philanthropic organizations now see economic growth and neighborhood improvement as complementary goals.

The Dictator's Army: Battlefield Effectiveness in Authoritarian Regimes

The Dictator's Army: Battlefield Effectiveness in Authoritarian Regimes

September 01, 2015

Caitlin Talmadge, assistant professor of political science and international affairs, presents a compelling argument to understand why authoritarian militaries sometimes fight very well—and sometimes very poorly. While examining military organizational practices, she argues that different regimes face different threat environments, leading their militaries to adopt different policies.

Current and Emerging Trends in Cyber Operations

Current and Emerging Trends in Cyber Operations

August 31, 2015

Frederic Lemieux, director of GW’s Police Science and Security & Safety Leadership Programs, edited this collection which explores current and emerging trends in policy, strategy, and practice related to cyber operations conducted by states and non-state actors.

Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation

Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation

August 31, 2015

Kathryn Newcomer, professor of public policy and public administration, authored this book which provides tools for managers and evaluators to address questions about the performance of public and nonprofit programs.

Fundraising Principles and Practices

Fundraising: Principles and Practice

August 20, 2015

Michael Worth, professor of nonprofit management, authored this book which offers experienced insight in an introduction to fundraising. The text covers a range of topics from corporate giving, donor motivations, fundraising techniques, and more.

It's Been Beautiful

It's Been Beautiful: Soul! and Black Power Television

March 31, 2015

Gayle Wald, professor of English, examines the first African American black variety television program, "Soul!," which was influential in expressing the diversity of black popular culture, thought and politics, as well as helping to create the notion of black community.

A Poverty of Words by Fred Pollack

A Poverty of Words

March 06, 2015

Frederick Pollack, adjunct professor of creative writing, published a collection of 92 poems that combines themes of politics and metaphysics and is written in a style that is neither mainstream nor postmodernist.

Oxford Handbook of Roman Sculpture

The Oxford Handbook of Roman Sculpture

February 03, 2015

Elise A. Friedland, associate professor of classics and art history, contributes to this handbook which analyzes sculptures from regions throughout the Roman Empire and emphasizes various approaches to the study of Roman sculpture.

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Handbook of the Economics of International Migration

January 19, 2015
Barry Chiswick, professor of international affairs and economics, edited this handbook which analyzes academia related to a wide range of topics from labor market outcomes to the effects of international migration on various aspects of income.
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La Divine Chanson

January 08, 2015
Abdourahman Waberi, assistant professor of French, authored this novel that delves into the life of an African American poet, singer, and songwriter born in Chicago in 1949.
Moses in Corinth

Moses in Corinth: The Apologetic Context of 2 Corinthians 3

January 01, 2015

Paul B. Duff, professor of religion, examines the puzzling imagery surrounding Moses in Paul’s 2 Corinthians 3. While commonly believed to be a reaction to the Jewish missionaries dubbed “super-apostles,” Duff argues that the imagery instead functions as part of Paul’s apologia, a defense created by the apostle to refute suspicions about his honesty and integrity.

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