Columbian College faculty are filling the bookshelves with prolific scholarly publications on an array of fascinating topics. The following is a sampling of our faculty’s recently published books.
Jonathan Chaves, professor of Chinese, contributed to this edition on a rare collection of Chinese paintings from the 17th century, providing translations of the poetic inscriptions on the works of
Political observers predicted the fall of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) following the Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989. When the party weathered the storm, pundits again forecast its demise after the serial collapse of communist regimes behind the Iron Curtain. Neither prediction proved true. China continued to experience economic growth and relative political stability since 1989. In The Dictator's Dilemma, Bruce J. Dickson, professor of political science and international affairs, examines why the CCP enjoys high popular support and how its policies have changed with the times. Dispelling notions of the party's impending implosion, he contends that, while it may generate resentment and protest, the CCP is not cut off from the people it governs and tolerates a growing and diverse civil society.
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.
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
Danny Hayes, associate professor of political science, co-authored this book which offers a unified argument for understanding the role that gender plays in contemporary congressional elections.
Marc Lynch, professor of political science and international affairs, illuminates how the hope-filled Arab uprisings morphed into a dystopia of resurgent dictators, failed states and civil wars.
Assistant Professor of Writing Jonathan Dueck collected and co-edited this volume of essays from leading scholars in the fast-emerging field of ethnomusicology. The Oxford Handbook of Music and World Christianities investigates music's role in everyday practice and social history across the diversity of Christian religions and practices around the globe. It explores Christian communities in the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia as sites that have created an array of musical traditions. The Handbook focuses on five themes: music and missions; music and religious utopias; music and conflict; music and transnational flows; and music and everyday life. Taken together, each element paints a broad picture of Christianity and its relationship to music as a channel for encompassing and negotiating deeply rooted moral and cultural values.
Michael N. Barnett, University Professor of International Affairs and Political Science, examines how American Jews envision their role in the world.
David Shambaugh, professor of political science and international affairs, examines whether China will implement a new wave of transformational reforms that could make it the world's leading superpower, or whether its leaders will shy away from drastic changes. He argues China’s future path depends on key decisions yet to be made by its leaders, pressures from within Chinese society and actions by other nations.
Dane Kennedy, the Elmer Louis Kayser Professor of History and International Affairs, explores the historical process of “Decolonization”—the transition from a world of colonial empires to a world of nation-states in the years after World War II. He highlights the era’s widespread violence and refugee crises, which lead to political problems that persist today.
Professor of Physics Ali Eskandarian and Professor of Mathematics Valentina Harizanov compiled this collection of international cross-disciplinary research on physics and quantum logic. With contributions from leading experts exploring connections across their respective fields—from logicians and mathematicians to computer scientists and physicists—the book serves as an anthology of modern insight into the fundamental questions surrounding the nature and behavior of matter and energy. It explores themes ranging from philosophical examination of the foundations of physics and quantum logic to exploitations of the methods and structures of operator theory, category theory and knot theory.
Celeste L. Arrington, Korea Foundation Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, examines the politics of redress to understand why victims of government wrongdoing are not equally effective at obtaining redress. She compares the Japanese and South Korean movements of victims of harsh leprosy control policies, blood products tainted by hepatitis C and North Korean abductions.
Adam Ziegfeld, International Council Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, draws on evidence from 18 months of field research to challenge the conventional wisdom that regional parties in India are electorally successful because they harness popular grievances and benefit from strong regional identities.
Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, professor of English, co-edited this archive of essays that moves beyond anthropocentrism and examine nonhumans at every scale, their relations to each other and the ethics of human enmeshment within an agentic material world.
Nicholas T. Lappas, associate professor of forensic sciences, co-authored this book that takes readers back to the origins of forensic toxicology, providing an overview of the largely unchanging principles of the discipline.