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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Samuel Goldman is an assistant professor of political science, combines original research with insights from the work of historians of American religion to craft a provocative narrative that chronicles Americans' attachment to the State of Israel. He looks at the controversial special relationship between the two nations through the story of Christian Zionism in American political and religious thought from the Puritans to 9/11.