Richard Handler, AM’76, PhD’79,
editor, Significant Others: Interpersonal and Professional Commitments
in Anthropology (University of Wisconsin Press). This collection
examines the roles of “significant others” in the lives
of anthropologists around the turn of the 20th century, especially
partners who accompanied anthropologists in the field. The book
also considers gender roles in the discipline.
Ann Miles, AB’81,
From Cuenca to Queens: An Anthropological Story of Transnational
Migration (University of Texas Press). Framed by historical
and structural analysis of the conditions that encourage transnational
migration, this ethnography examines a young man’s decision
to move illegally from Ecuador to New York and its effect on his
David H. Price, AM’85,
Threatening Anthropology: McCarthyism and the FBI’s Surveillance
of Activist Anthropologists (Duke University Press). Describing
the dozens of anthropologists persecuted during the Cold War, Price
argues that government surveillance stemmed not from a fear of anthropologists’
Marxism but rather from fear of their activism.
John A. Fatherley, MAT’66, John
Lund Woods Jr.: Magnanimous Benefactor (self-published). The
third in Fatherley’s series on forgotten American heroes,
this biography tells the story of a Vermont-born Cleveland philanthropist
who built Case Western Reserve University’s medical school
building in 1886.
Marjorie Bivins Hopper,
AB’43, AM’62, Love Behind the Easel
(Hopper, Inc.). A former teacher, principal, and television administrator,
Hopper tells the story of her marriage to a painter, describing
their travels, relationship, and work.
Allan Peskin, AB’53,
Winfield Scott and the Profession of Arms (Kent State University
Press). During a career encompassing three wars, Scott oversaw the
Army’s professionalization. Peskin’s biography depicts
this general (and Whig presidential candidate) as a managerial officer
who foresaw dramatic technological changes.
Eric S. Petersen, JD’73,
editor, Light and Liberty: Reflections on the Pursuit of Happiness
(Modern Library). Weaving together Thomas Jefferson’s
diverse writings, including reports, speeches, and letters, Petersen
constructs 34 short essays on subjects such as patriotism, hope,
and humility, all using Jefferson’s words.
Fwu-Ranq Chang, PhD’85, Stochastic
Optimization in Continuous Time (Cambridge University Press).
Introducing stochastic control theory and it’s applications
to economics, Chang discusses various solution techniques, including
the inverse optimum methodology.
John Brown, David Mitch,
AB’73, AM’74, PhD’82, and Marco H. D. van
Leeuwen, editors, Origins of the Modern Career (Ashgate
Publishing). This book looks back at the economic and social forces
that shaped the creation of career paths, formal and informal, which
by the 1950s had permeated most developed economies’ workforces.
Hiram Aldarondo, PhD’98, El
humor en la cuentística de Silvina Ocampo (Pliegos).
Aldarondo examines the gender politics and function of literary
humor in this contemporary Argentine writer’s short fiction,
arguing that Ocampo uses black humor, irony, and satire to convey
a feminist perspective that challenges Western patriarchal values.
Susan Z. Diamond, AB’70,
and Marilynne McKay, editors, Serpentine Muse-ings: An Anthology
from the Journal of The Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 1
(Gasogene Books). This collection brings together articles
about Sherlock Holmes and the Victorian era selected from the journal
of a woman’s Sherlockian society.
Susan M. Griffin, AM’77,
PhD’82, Anti-Catholicism and Nineteenth-Century
Fiction (Cambridge University Press). Nineteenth-century American
and British writers, Griffin argues, used fiction to convey anti-Catholic
sentiment, providing Victorians with “truths” that defined
them as Protestants and therefore as “normative.”
Wesley A. Kort, AM’61,
PhD’65, Place and Space in Modern Fiction
(University Press of Florida). Kort explores how six English writers,
including Conrad, Forster, and Hardy, molded human spatial orientation.
He theorizes that the authors exhibit a deficient, and characteristically
modern, attitude toward spacial relationships.
Kenneth M. Price, AM’77,
PhD’81, To Walt Whitman, America (University
of North Carolina Press). Price examines Whitman’s legacy
for an ethnically and sexually diverse America. Whitman’s
name and words, he notes, are ubiquitous in American culture, reflecting
the poet’s malleable identity and his work’s capacity
to accrue new meanings with changing times.
Laurel Richardson, AB’55,
AB’56, and Ernest Lockridge, Travels with Ernest:
Crossing the Literary/Sociological Divide (AltaMira Press).
A sociologist wife and a novelist husband explore the interplay
between literary and ethnographic writing as they interpret their
travels together, pairing narratives with transcribed conversations.
Marlon Ross, AM’79,
PhD’83, Manning the Race: Reforming Black Men in
the Jim Crow Era (New York University Press). Ross considers
how black men were marketed, embodied, and portrayed during the
early 20th century. Providing a cultural history of black manhood,
he examines gender, sexuality, and the African American man’s
struggle for advancement.
Raymond L. Gold, AM’50, PhD’54,
A Teaching Safari: A Study of American Teachers in East Africa
(PublishAmerica). This book provides a sociological portrayal of
an early-1960s program that sent hundreds of Americans and Britons
to teach in East African secondary schools.
David Benjamin Gruenbaum,
AB’81, REA’s New SAT 2005: Inside Out! (Research
and Education Association). Describing the redesigned SAT, Gruenbaum’s
guide contains information about all three sections of the test—writing,
critical reading, and math—offering tips, review material,
Vivian Gussin Paley, PhB’47,
A Child’s Work: The Importance of Fantasy Play (University
of Chicago Press). At a time when the shadow of “accountability”
looms even over preschools, a longtime kindergarten teacher and
MacArthur Fellow argues for protection of the fantasy play that
she believes is essential to a child’s development.
John A. Biles and Norman
B. Sigband, AB’40, AM’41, PhD’54, The
Status of American Universities: Challenges and Opportunities
(Xlibris). Describing the challenges facing universities, such as
rising tuition rates, flaws in the tenure system, too many students,
and incompetent trustees, the authors suggest practical solutions.
Lindsay Waters, AM’70,
PhD’76, Enemies of Promise: Publishing, Perishing,
and the Eclipse of Scholarship (Prickly Paradigm Press). Bureaucratic
methods for measuring scholarly achievement have damaged the academic
promotion system and made quantity count more than quality, according
to Waters. She argues that the push to produce, irrespective of
content, discourages innovation.
Jim Bauer, AB’78, AM’80,
(under the name W. C. Leadbeater) The Mind-Warp Era (iUniverse).
Mass insanity reigns in Bauer’s near-future world. The hero
in this humorous novel has mutated into his favorite comic-book
character, Slime-thing, guardian of truth, justice, and niceness.
Carmelo Gariano, PhD’64,
An Eye for an Aye (A Saga of Success, Rape, and Revenge)
(American Book Publishers). An ideal society is shattered when a
woman is raped and the court system frees the guilty man. Seeking
justice, the aggrieved woman and her husband choose very different
routes to revenge.
Marian Castleman Skedgell,
AA’39, AM’41, Double Exposure (iUniverse).
An 80-year-old grandmother is told that the only way to disprove
an accusation that she spied for the KGB is to hunt down her double.
David K. Johnson, AM’87, The
Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in
the Federal Government (University of Chicago Press). The Cold
War’s antihomosexual politics, Johnson argues, paralleled
the era’s harassment of alleged Communists, persecution that
ultimately galvanized Washington’s gay and lesbian community
to launch a new civil-rights movement.
Rachel Shteir, AB’87,
Striptease: The Untold History of the Girlie Show (Oxford
University Press). This illustrated history explores the forces
that allowed strippers to thrive between the Jazz Age and the sexual
revolution. Shteir describes the diverse characters, locales, and
social forces that influenced the striptease.
& CURRENT EVENTS
Lois Beck, AM’69, PhD’77,
and Guity Nashat, PhD’73, editors,
Women in Iran from the Rise of Islam to 1800 (University
of Illinois Press). This collection examines women’s roles
in Iranian society from the Qajar dynasty to pre-Islamic times.
The book explores gender constructs, family structure, community
roles, Islamic practices, and artistic representations.
Lou Charnon-Deutsch, PhD’78,
The Spanish Gypsy: The History of a European Obsession (Pennsylvania
State Press). The stereotypical Spanish gypsy, castanets clicking,
has been all but synonymous with Spain since the 19th century. Charnon-Deutsch
draws from social history, literature, and the arts to examine this
Brian L. Davies, AB’75,
AM’76, PhD’83, State Power and Community
in Early Modern Russia: The Case of Kozlov, 1635–1649
(Palgrave MacMillan). Davies’s study of the colonization,
administration, and economic life of a garrison town on Muscovy’s
southern steppe frontier focuses on the community’s relations
with the military governor and Moscow’s central government.
Robert Kubey, AM’78,
PhD’84, Creating Television: Conversations With
the People Behind 50 Years of American TV (Lawrence Erlbaum
Associates). The author explores American television history from
I Love Lucy to Seinfeld through interviews with 40 contributors
to the field, including actor Ed Asner, X’48,
and Lucy writer Robert Weiskopf. Kubey considers whether creativity
can survive the industry’s competitive pressures.
Matthew Lenoe, AB’88,
AM’93, PhD’97, Closer to the Masses: Stalinist
Culture, Social Revolution, and Soviet Newspapers (Harvard
University Press). Journalists helped party leaders mobilize society
for industrialization in the late 1920s, Lenoe argues, by formulating
a Bolshevik identity for new communists and creating images that
became central to Stalinist culture.
Ted Rueter, AM’84, 449 Stupid
Things Republicans Have Said and 449 Stupid Things Democrats Have
Said (Andrews McMell). Rueter has collected ill-conceived comments
from both sides of the aisle. Hillary Rodham Clinton: “Motown,
Motown: That’s my era. Those are my people.” Paul O’Neill:
“If you set aside Three Mile Island and Chernobyl, the safety
record of nuclear energy is really very good.”
Ken Ono, AB’89, The Web of
Modularity: Arithmetic of the Coefficients of Modular Forms and
q-series (American Mathematical Society). Ono’s book
provides basics about modular forms, central to current number-theory
research, and details the roles of modular forms and q-series in
such areas as singular moduli, class numbers, super-congruences,
and elliptic curves.
Shui Yin Lo, PhD’66, The Biophysics
Basis for Acupuncture and Health (Dragon Eye Press). Lo connects
Eastern medicine with Western science in this discussion of acupuncture’s
effectiveness. He reviews current studies from around the world
and explains meridian theory in terms of quantum physics.
Nicholas Rizzo, AB’90,
Championship Nutrition and Performance: The Wrestler’s
Guide to Lifestyle, Diet and Healthy Weight Control (Executive
Performances Publishing). This guide explains how wrestlers can
compete near their minimum natural weights without compromising
their health. The book also addresses other health issues, such
as treating injuries, and offers advice to parents and coaches.
SCIENCE & LAW
William Bole, Drew Christianson, and Robert
Hennemeyer, PhB’47, AM’50, Forgiveness in
International Politics: An Alternative Road to Peace (U.S.
Conference of Catholic Bishops). Forgiveness, the authors argue,
has helped to bring peace in societies ranging from South Africa
to Bosnia-Herzegovina. Public acknowledgement of wrongs and gestures
of forbearance have countered forces of “un-forgiveness,”
including cycles of revenge and distorted memories.
Sanford N. Katz, JD’58,
Family Law in America (Oxford University Press). This study
of the laws governing marriage, divorce, and adoption analyzes how
family law has responded to new forms of human relationships. Katz
also examines who decides how to label a relationship a “family”:
the people, the courts, or legislatures.
George W. Liebmann, JD’63,
Neighborhood Futures: Citizen Rights and Local Control
(Transaction). Civic life has shifted with the centralization of
government agencies and the advent of private and public sub-local
institutions such as condominium associations and business improvement
districts. Liebmann describes the influence of such groups within
and outside the United States.
David S. Tanenhaus, AM’91,
PhD’97, Juvenile Justice in the Making (Oxford
University Press). Tanenhaus provides a history of the juvenile
court and explores how the law should treat young people. Increasingly
draconian treatment of juvenile offenders, he contends, reveals
how far the United States has departed from the belief that children
deserve a separate justice system.
Jerrold R. Brandell, PhD’82, editor,
Celluloid Couches, Cinematic Clients: Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
in the Movies (State University of New York Press). Psychotherapy
has played a part in films ranging from Spellbound to Girl Interrupted.
In this anthology therapists and critics consider how films depict
“the talking cure” and explore what therapists might
learn from watching their on-screen counterparts.
Leo Rangell, MD’37,
My Life in Theory (Other Press). As he approaches his 90th
birthday, Rangell provides an insider’s view of psychoanalysis
from the 1920s to the present, describing theoretical debates and
fusing divisive views into a unitary psychoanalytic theory.
Faye Zucker, AB’72,
AM’75, Depression (Life Balance). Written
for the adolescent reader, this book discusses the diagnosis and
treatment of depression and bipolar disorder. The author uses straightforward
language and illustrations to address individualized approaches
to education, psychotherapy, medications, and suicide.
Orin “Buz” Hargraves, AB’77,
editor, New Words (Oxford University Press). This dictionary
include definitions, derivations, and citations of more than 2,500
newly coined, newly borrowed, newly derived, or semantically reassigned
words—including “deconflict,” “feebate,”
Peter R. D’Agostino, AM’87, PhD’93,
Rome in America: Transnational Catholic Ideology from the Risorgimento
to Fascism (University of North Carolina Press). Contrary to
the claim that American Catholics forged a unique faith disengaged
from the Old World’s ideological conflicts, D’Agostino
argues that during the late 19th and early 20th centuries American
Catholics remained tied to papal Rome and demonized its opponents.
Joe Holland, AM’72,
PhD’95, Modern Catholic Social Teaching: The Popes
Confront the Industrial Age, 1740–1958 (Paulist Press).
Holland chronicles a seismic shift in the Catholic hierarchy’s
responses to the industrial revolution’s upheavals, from siding
with the wealthy to championing the working class.
Eric D. Reymond, AM’95,
PhD’99, Innovations in Hebrew Poetry: Parallelism
and the Poems of Sirach (Society of Biblical Literature). Reymond
contends that the poems preserved in the Ben Sira Madada scroll
rely little on the traditional parallelism that characterizes most
biblical poetry. Rather, he argues, the poems exhibit distinctive
traits deriving from the sage’s theology.
Talbert O. Shaw, AM’68,
PhD’73, East of Eden: Spiritual Reflections on
Repentant Following (Pilgrim Press). Each chapter in this book
concentrates on a topic related to alienation, sin, and how humans
cope with the conflict between nature and spirit. Shaw also explores
how believers can confess and be cleansed.
Jerry Sullivan, author; Victor M. Cassidy, editor; and Bobby
Sutton, AB’96, illustrator, Hunting for Frogs on
Elston, and Other Tales from Field & Street (University
of Chicago Press). These essays about the urban landscape’s
hidden ecosystems are taken from Chicago Reader columns by the late
naturalist Jerry Sullivan.
John McClure and Ernst Wit,
PhD’00, Statistics for Microarrays: Design, Analysis
and Inference (John Wiley Sons). Microarray technology is revolutionizing
biology and medicine by providing a wealth of genetic data. Using
five experiments as models, this book provides a detailed account
of how statistics can aid the discovery process.
Patricia A. Adler, AM’74, and
Peter Adler, AM’74, Paradise
Laborers: Hotel Workers in the Global Economy (Cornell University
Press). Exploring the lives and careers of Hawaiian hotel workers,
this ethnographic study identifies four main groups of hotel employees:
new immigrants, locals, middle managers from the mainland, and “seekers”—those
looking for sunshine and adventure.
Daniel Thomas Cook, PhD’98,
The Commodification of Childhood: The Children’s Clothing
Industry and the Rise of the Child Consumer (Duke University
Press). Cook illustrates a change in society’s view of the
child, arguing that the shift from mother to child as clothing consumer
derives from a broader concept of children as autonomous actors.
Vincent Kelly Pollard, AM’68,
Globalization, Democratization and Asian Leadership: Foreign
Policy, Power Sharing and Society in the Philippines and Japan (Ashgate
Publishing). Pollard uses case studies to critique, refine, and
test an adaptation of democratic theory that predicts foreign-policy
success by the quality of power sharing.
TRAVEL & LEISURE
Ruth Pennington Paget, AB’86,
Eating Soup with Chopsticks: Sweet Sixteen in Japan (iUniverse).
Restaurant critic and travel writer Paget recalls a sojourn with
a Japanese family during high school that taught her about food,
culture, art, and first love.
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