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.

The Mathematics of Politics, Second Edition 2nd Edition

The Mathematics of Politics, Second Edition 2nd Edition

November 16, 2016

E. Arthur Robinson, professor of mathematics, and Daniel H. Ullman, professor of mathematics counter the impression that mathematics is only the study of numbers and has no relevance to politics. They examine the Electoral College system and address political questions such as: Is there a good way to choose winners of elections? Is there a good way to apportion congressional seats? Is there a good way to make decisions in situations of conflict and uncertainty?

City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York

City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York

October 18, 2016

Tyler Anbinder, professor of history, chronicles the American immigrant story by focusing on New York City as the nation’s defining port of entry for nearly four centuries and a magnet for transplants from all over the globe. He profiles migrants who brought their hundreds of languages and distinct cultures to the city—and from there to the entire country.

Interactive Journalism: Hackers, Data and Code

Interactive Journalism: Hackers, Data and Code

October 15, 2016

Nikki Usher, assistant professor of media and public affairs, presents comprehensive portrait of how interactive journalism has transformed the newsroom by using a visual presentation of storytelling that allows users to interact with the reporting of information. She provides a history of the impact of digital technology on reporting, photojournalism, graphics and other disciplines that define interactive journalism.

Thundersticks: Firearms and the Violent Transformation of Native America

Thundersticks: Firearms and the Violent Transformation of Native America

October 10, 2016

David J. Silverman, professor of history, examines the adoption of firearms by American Indians between the 17th and 19th centuries as a turning point in the history of North America’s indigenous peoples and a cultural earthquake so profound that its impact has yet to be adequately measured. He maintains that firearms empowered American Indians to pursue their interests and defend their political and economic autonomy over two centuries.

17th-Century Chinese Paintings from the Tsao Family Collection

17th-Century Chinese Paintings from the Tsao Family Collection

August 29, 2016

Jonathan Chaves, professor of Chinese, contributed to this rare collection of Chinese paintings from the 17th century, providing translations of the poetic inscriptions on the works of art and authoring a chapter on literary gatherings in China and their cultural significance.

Spillover Effects of China Going Global

Spillover Effects of China Going Global

August 18, 2016

Joseph Pelzman, professor of economics, examines the massive transformation the Chinese economy has made within just a few decades of being granted Most Favored Nation status by the United States. He shows how the second largest world economy triggered off many spillover effects beyond mass-labor production of durable and non-durable goods.

Media Movements: Civil Society and Media Policy Reform in Latin America

Media Movements: Civil Society and Media Policy Reform in Latin America

August 15, 2016

Silvio Waisbord, professor of media and public affairs, co-authored this examination of how 21st century movements throughout contemporary Latin America—using marches, occupation of space, social media organization and more—have given voice to marginalized citizens whose lives have been upset by the falsity of a globalized economy.

Presidential Libraries as Performance book cover

Presidential Libraries as Performance

August 11, 2016

Jodi Kanter, associate professor of theatre, presents the first critical assessment of all 13 extant presidential libraries. Through exhaustive research, she reveals how presidential libraries generate narratives about individual presidents, historical events and who we are as Americans.

The National Mall: No Ordinary Public Space

The National Mall: No Ordinary Public Space

July 20, 2016

Lisa Benton-Short, associate professor of geography, explores the critical issues redefining and reshaping the National Mall in Washington, D.C., one of the most important and highly visible urban public spaces in the United States and considered by many Americans to be “the nation’s front yard.”

Foreign Policy: Thinking Outside the Box

Foreign Policy: Thinking Outside the Box

June 29, 2016

Amitai Etzioni, university professor of sociology, authored this collection of essays that reconsider basic assumptions of international foreign policy, focusing on the Middle East, China, the EU and other global perspectives.

The Dictator's Dilemma: The Chinese Communist Party's Strategy for Survival

The Dictator's Dilemma: The Chinese Communist Party's Strategy for Survival

June 15, 2016

Bruce J. Dickson, professor of political science and international affairs, provides a comprehensive explanation for the Chinese Communist Party’s continued survival and prosperity. He refutes the commonly held narrative that the Communist Party is facing imminent collapse and that democracy is inevitable in China.

Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality

Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality

June 14, 2016

Debbie Cenziper, assistant professor of media and public affairs, uses insider accounts and access to key players to provide the definitive account of Obergefell v Hodges, the 2015 Supreme Court case that legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states, a decision as groundbreaking as Roe v Wade and Brown v Board of Education and one of the most important national civil rights victories in decades.

National Geographic The Greeks: An Illustrated History

National Geographic The Greeks: An Illustrated History

June 07, 2016

Diane Harris Cline, associate professor of history, authored this lavishly illustrated reference guide on the culture that brought us democracy, the Olympics, Socrates and Alexander the Great. She presents ancient Greece through gripping stories, from the rise and fall of the empire to the powerful legacy it left for the modern world.

In Their Own Words: Slave Life and the Power of Spirituals

In Their Own Words: Slave Life and the Power of Spirituals

June 01, 2016

Eileen Guenther, lecturer in the Department of Music, presents a groundbreaking study of slavery and spirituals, placing the unique voices of an enslaved people squarely within the context of their daily lives.

Drone: Remote Control Warfare

Drone: Remote Control Warfare

May 13, 2016

Hugh Gusterson, professor of anthropology and international affairs, examines the way drones are changing the conduct of war, drawing on accounts by drone operators, victims of drone attacks, anti-drone activists, human rights activists, international lawyers, journalists, military thinkers and academic experts. He suggests a new way of understanding the debate over civilian casualties of drone attacks and the “ethical slippage” of targeting practices.

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