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 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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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 daily lives.
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.
Jonathan Dueck, assistant professor of writing, co-edited this volume of essays from leading ethnomusicological scholars investigating music's role in everyday practice and social history across the diversity of Christian religions and practices around the globe.
Michael N. Barnett, professor of international affairs and political science, examines how American Jews envision their role in the world. As Jews, he argues, they are committed to their people's survival. As Americans, they identify with, and believe their survival depends on, the American principles of liberalism, religious freedom and pluralism.
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.
Ali Eskandarian, professor of physics, and Valentina Harizanov, professor of mathematics, edited a collection of international cross-disciplinary research on physics and quantum logic.
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.