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Deborah Bright, MFA’75, The Passionate Camera: Photography and Bodies of Desire (Routledge). These essays and photographs document a history of both queer and radical-sex photography, providing a showcase for some 50 artists, scholars, and critics whose work has been inspired by militancy and mourning in the wake of AIDS and bolstered by the growth of cultural and queer studies.

Michael R. Cunningham, AM’73, PhD’78, Buddhist Treasures from Nara (Hudson Hills Press) and, with Stanislaw Czuma, Anne E. Wardwell, and J. Keith Wilson, Masterworks of Asian Art (Cleveland Museum of Art, in association with Thames and Hudson). The first work, an exhibition catalog, describes an exchange between the Nara National Museum in Japan and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Sacred artworks from the seventh to the 15th century were presented. The second publication introduces the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Asian collection.

Frederick C. Moffatt, PhD’72, Errant Bronzes: George Grey Barnard’s Statues of Abraham Lincoln (University of Delaware Press). Moffatt assesses three of Barnard’s Lincoln statues within their cultural and historical contexts.

Constance Balint Sidles, AB’71, Great Production by Design (F&W Publications). Giving designers and production managers the technical know-how to achieve quality printing at reasonable prices, the author provides both detailed explanations of common printing problems and practical remedies.


Robert A. Brawer, PhD’70, Fictions of Business: Insights on Management from Great Literature (John Wiley and Sons, Inc.). Brawer offers business executives new perspectives on the human side of management through readings of works by writers from Geoffrey Chaucer to Joseph Heller.

Philippe F. Delhaise, MBA’73, Asia in Crisis: The Implosion of the Banking and Finance Systems (John Wiley & Sons). Delhaise describes the weaknesses of the Asian banking systems that led to the 1997 Asian financial crisis.

Gerald B. Greenwald, AB’48, JD’51, Liquefied Natural Gas: Developing and Financing International Energy Projects (Kluwer Law International). Greenwald explores the commercial, legal, and financial activities involved in producing and marketing liquefied natural gas, aiming to help both buyers and sellers navigate a market laden with uncertainties.

Ann Marie Meulendyke, AM’70, PhD’75, U.S. Monetary Policy & Financial Markets (Federal Reserve Bank of New York). Meulendyke lays out the roles of banks, financial markets, and the Federal Open Market Committee in the formulation of monetary policy, concluding with a brief overview of its implementation in the United States and globally.

Thomas Rollins, MBA’69, and Darryl Roberts, AB’84, Work Culture, Organizational Performance, and Business Success (Quorum Books). Intended for corporate executives, specialists, and human-resource professionals, this book reviews the major literature on employee performance measurement, providing six case studies in which companies successfully applied performance measurement programs and used the results to improve their bottom line.


Glenna E. Lang, AB’72, illustrator, The Runaway (David R. Godine). In this picture-book version of Robert Frost’s poem, Lang illustrates the work’s many somber layers.


Carolyn Foster Durham, AM’72, PhD’76, Double Takes: Culture and Gender in French Films and their American Remakes (University Press of New England). Durham engages in a comparative study of French and American cultural constructions of national identity, concentrating on recent French films and their U.S. remakes, from Breathless to The Birdcage.

George Hoffmann, AB’82, Montaigne’s Career (Oxford University Press). Examining the world in which Montaigne and his peers wrote, Hoffmann argues that works like the Essays neither originated in detached pursuits, nor flourished as self-contained activities—rather, they were extensions of their authors’ everyday activities.

Naomi E. Lindstrom, AB’71, The Social Consequence of Latin-American Writing (University of Texas Press). Lindstrom offers an overview of major issues in the study of Latin-American writing. Topics discussed include postmodernism in Latin America, gender issues and queer theory, cultural autonomy and transculturation, and intellectuals and mass culture.

Robert C. Marsh, X’48, Dialogues and Discoveries: James Levine, His Life and His Music (Scribner). Marsh joins James Levine in conversations about the conductor’s years leading the Chicago Symphony concerts at Ravinia and the Metropolitan Opera in New York, exploring Marsh’s approach as a critic and Levine’s guiding principles as a producer of concerts and opera.

Donald F. Stevens, AM’76, PhD’84, editor, Based on a True Story: Latin American History at the Movies (Scholarly Resources). Combining history with discussions of dramatic cinema such as The Mission and Like Water for Chocolate, Stevens examines how film has portrayed Latin America from the late 15th century to the present. He also wrote the introduction, a look at movies’ visual presentation of the past.


Barbara Miller and Ilene M. Kantrov, AB’70, A Guide to Facilitating Cases in Education (Heinemann), and editors, A Casebook on School Reform (Heinemann). In the first book, the authors argue that the power of a case is not in the narrative but in the discussion or experience it can generate, suggesting that the facilitator’s role is to maximize these opportunities. The second book explores challenges faced by educators and communities intent upon reforming their schools and districts.


Peter J. Cooley, AM’64, Sacred Conversations (Carnegie Mellon). This collection of poems is built around six imagined conversations with such literary characters as Anna Karenina, Jay Gatsby, Jude the Obscure, Hamlet, and Lear.

Ruth Frankel Boorstin, AM’64, Love is Not Because (Lone Oak Press). Boorstin’s book of poems, many of which were first published in the “Pepper and Salt” column of the Wall Street Journal, includes 278 selections, both light and serious.

Mitsuye Yamada, AM’53, Camp Notes and Other Writings (Rutgers University Press). This collection of haikus, poems, and short prose recounts Yamada’s experiences following the outbreak of World War II, when her family was forced to abandon their home in Seattle for an internment camp in Idaho. The book combines work from two out-of-print volumes, Desert Run: Poems and Stories and Camp Notes and Other Poems.


Frances B. O’Connor, AM’61, and Becky Drury, The Female Face in Patriarchy: Oppression as Culture (Michigan State University Press). The result of a two-year study focusing on Brazil and the United States, this work examines the relationship of women and the Roman Catholic Church. Using the church as a model for society in general, the authors argue that women, through centuries of conditioning, have become both victims and perpetrators of their own oppression and that their cooperation with, and submission to, patriarchal dominance has been both conscious and unconscious.

Susan A. Ross, AM’76, PhD’82, Extravagant Affections: A Feminist Sacramental Theology (Continuum Press). Ross analyzes sacramental theology from a feminist perspective, drawing on post–Vatican II theology, feminist theory, and interviews. She argues that, though officially excluded from sacramental leadership, women are changing sacramental theology and practice through their involvement in sacramental ministries.


James von Geldern and Louise McReynolds, PhD’84, editors, Entertaining Tsarist Russia: Tales, Songs, Plays, Movies, Jokes, Ads, and Images from Russian Urban Life, 1779–1917 (Indiana University Press). This anthology introduces Tsarist Russia’s popular and commercial urban culture and the individuals and groups who produced and consumed it. Among the genres presented are fortune telling and etiquette manuals, thieves’ tales, children’s literature, popular songs, war stories, women’s novels, satires of life in America, and vaudeville skits.

Roger D. Masters, AM’58, PhD’61, Fortune is a River: Leonardo da Vinci and Niccolò Machiavelli’s Magnificent Dream to Change the Course of Florentine History (The Free Press). With his account of da Vinci and Machiavelli’s intersecting lives, Masters opens a window on the Italian Renaissance and many of its leading figures. Among other provocative interpretations, he argues that da Vinci was not only a Florentine spy at the court of Florence’s enemy Cesare Borgia, but also was scheming with Machiavelli to alter the course of the Arno River and deprive Pisa of water.

Sara Heller Mendelson, AB’70, and Patricia Crawford, Women in Early Modern England (Oxford University Press). A survey of the daily experiences of ordinary Tudor and Stuart women, this book draws from firsthand sources such as diaries, letters, and household records. The authors investigate the expectations and opportunities that existed at different stages of women’s lives, looking at the role of female friendship and networks of support and censure, the effects of prevailing gender stereotypes, and the roles of women in religious and political movements.

Anne Walthall, AM’73, PhD’79, The Body of a Useless Woman (University of Chicago Press). In telling the story of Matsuo Taseko, a peasant, poet, and political activist of Japan’s Tokugawa period (1603–1868), the author presents fresh perspectives on the practices and intellectual concerns of rural entrepreneurs and their role in the country’s 1868 Meiji Restoration.


Loyd R. Wagner, James G. Carson, MAT’75, and William W. McLendon, editors, In Pursuit of Excellence: The College of American Pathologists, 1946–1996 (College of American Pathologists). This 50th-anniversary history chronicles the development of the college and its contributions to quality in the practice of pathology.

Stephen M. Davidson, PhD’74, and Stephen A. Sommers, editors, Remaking Medicaid: Managed Care for the Public Good (Jossey-Bass Publishers). Focusing on the application of national policy at the state level, this book—written by a panel of health-care experts—offers an overview of the most effective practices in Medicaid program development, planning, and operation.


Thomas C. Berg, JD’87, The State and Religion in a Nutshell (West Publishing). This analysis of the constitutional law of religious freedom summarizes competing underlying values and discusses church-state history, the free exercise of religion, religious activities in public schools, government funding of religious institutions, the role of religion in American politics, and the legal definition of “religion.”

Bruce G. Carruthers, PhD’91, and Terence C. Halliday, PhD’79, Rescuing Business: The Making of Corporate Bankruptcy Law in England and the United States (Oxford University Press). Carruthers and Halliday study the political development of bankruptcy law, one of the defining characteristics of a market economy. Based on numerous interviews and extensive archival research, they follow the passage of the 1978 U.S. Bankruptcy Code and the 1986 English Insolvency Act and the two countries’ related political and professional struggles.

Wendy Nelson Espeland, PhD’92, The Struggle for Water (University of Chicago Press). Nearly 50 years ago, the Bureau of Reclamation proposed building a dam at the confluence of two central Arizona rivers. While bringing valuable water to this arid plain, it also threatened to destroy a wildlife habitat, flood archaeological sites, and force the Yabapi Indians off their ancestral lands. Espeland tells the story of the controversial, ultimately thwarted public-works project through a study of rationality as a cultural, organizational, and political construct.

Avigdor Haselkorn, AM’73, PhD’78, The Continuing Storm: Iraq, Poisonous Weapons, and Deterrence (Yale University Press). In his reassessment of the 1991 Gulf War, Haselkorn scrutinizes the role played by biological and chemical weapons and the dynamics of deterrence. He also supplies the grim facts about anthrax, botulinum toxin, and poison gases.

Paul P. Kantor, AM’66, PhD’72, and Dennis R. Judd, editors, The Politics of Urban America (Allyn and Bacon). This collection of classic and contemporary essays on U.S. urban politics offers competing perspectives on how to study local politics, the historical development of urban political systems, and dilemmas of governance and public policy.

Andrew Koppelman, AB’79, Antidiscrimination Law and Social Equality (Yale University Press). Koppelman addresses the controversy over attempts to reshape U.S. society, discussing how to reconcile Americans’ commitment to eliminating discrimination with their commitment to such values as individual liberty, merit-based access to education and employment, and communal solidarity.

Douglas E. Sturm, DB’53, PhD’59, Solidarity and Suffering: Toward a Politics of Relationality (University of New York Press). Sturm develops a radically reconstructive approach to a range of social issues: human rights, affirmative action, property, corporate governance, religious pluralism, social conflict, and ecology.

G. Alan Tarr, AM’70, PhD’76, Understanding State Constitutions (Princeton University Press). Tarr explores the distinctive history, contents, and functions of American state constitutions, concluding that the U.S. has not only a system of dual constitutionalism but also dual constitutional traditions.


William A. Freedman, PhD’64, More Than a Pastime: An Oral History of Baseball Fans (McFarland). Based on 130 in-depth interviews, this oral history makes far-reaching claims for the formative influence of baseball on the character, attitudes, values, and socialization of its passionate young fans.

Martin A. Miller, AM’62, PhD’67, Freud and the Bolsheviks (Yale University Press). In a comprehensive history of psychoanalysis in Russia from the last years of the tsars to the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, Miller explores Sigmund Freud’s influence, discusses the lives of the Russian Freudians, and explains original Russian psychoanalytic case studies using rare sources and newly opened Soviet archives.

Patricia Alea and Patricia A. Mullins, PhD’89, The Best Work of Your Life (Penguin Putnam). A practical guide for lifelong career planning, this book is aimed at readers who wish to take and maintain control over their work and lives.


Bernard V. Brady, AM’83, PhD’88, The Moral Bond of Community: Justice and Discourse in Christian Morality (Georgetown University Press). Offering a biblically based concept of Christian justice that can be applied to moral questions in everyday life, Brady examines four forms of Christian moral discourse—narrative, prophetic, ethical, and political—and shows how each contributes to a fuller understanding of Christian morality.

Donald E. Gowan, PhD’64, Theology of the Prophetic Books: The Death and Resurrection of Israel (Westminster John Knox Press).The author reads the prophetic books as responses to three key moments in Israel’s history: the exiles of the northern and southern kingdoms in 722 and 587 B.C.E., and the beginning of the restoration from the Babylonian exile.

Donald H. Matthews, PhD’92, Honoring the Ancestors: An African Cultural Interpretation of Black Religion and Literature (Oxford University Press). Affirming the African foundation of African-American religious practice, Matthews analyzes the methods used by historians, social scientists, and literary critics studying African-American religion and the Negro spiritual to arrive at his own interpretation of the two.

David Novak, AB’61, Natural Law in Judaism (Cambridge University Press). Novak argues that Judaism has a long tradition of natural law, which needs to be revived to deal with questions of Judaism’s interaction with the larger non-Jewish world.

Byron L. Sherwin, PhD’78, Sparks Amidst the Ashes: The Spiritual Legacy of Polish Jewry (Oxford), Crafting the Soul: Creating Your Life as a Work of Art (Inner Traditions), and Why Be Good? (Daybreak/Rodale). The first book covers the religious and spiritual heritage of Polish Jewry from its inception until World War II, and the meaning of that heritage today. The second examines the meaning of life and how to create one’s life as an art form. The last book proposes a way to attain goodness and happiness through the cultivation of moral virtues such as love, friendship, and gratitude.

Andrea Stenn Stryer, AB’57, AB’57, AM’58, The Celestial River: Creation Tales of the Milky Way (August House). Stryer collects folk legends describing the origin of the Milky Way. The legends are culled from Japanese, Australian Aborigine, Navajo, Maori, Ancient Greek, Kalahari Sun, and Argentine Toba Indian sources.


Ernest Callenbach, PhB’49, AM’53, Ecology: A Pocket Guide (University of California Press). Callenbach provides an introduction to the complexity of life on Earth. Using everyday language, he explains 60 basic ecological concepts in concise, alphabetized entries.

Arnab Rai Choudhuri, PhD’85, The Physics of Fluids and Plasmas: An Introduction for Astrophysicists (Cambridge University Press). This graduate textbook develops fluid mechanics and plasma physics from first principles, working out many astrophysical applications along the way.

Richard L. Ptak, MBA’78, J. P. Morgenthal, and Simon Forge, Manager’s Guide to Distributed Environments (John Wiley & Sons). Ptak offers a blueprint to help managers in information-technology organizations understand the implications of and survive the transition to a distributed environment.

Thomas Starr, John Cioffi, and Peter J. Silverman, AB’75, Understanding Digital Subscriber Line Technology (Prentice Hall). Both a reference for the experienced data communication engineer and an introduction for those new to the technology, this text covers digital subscriber lines technology—which allows connections between computers and the Internet at much faster speeds than existing telephone lines. The authors describe different DSL technologies, their history and possible future evolution, and the architecture and implementation of networks and services based on them.

Tung Tsang, PhD’60, Classical Electrodynamics (World Scientific). Written for graduate students in science and technology, this text on electrodynamics is designed to be comprehensive, compact, and user-friendly.


Laura L. Doan, PhD’83, and Lucy Bland, editors, Sexology in Culture: Labelling Bodies and Desires (University of Chicago Press), and Sexology Uncensored: The Documents of Sexual Science (University of Chicago Press). The first book examines how key writings by sexologists affected English-speaking culture from the 1880s to the early 1940s. This critical collection examines “the science of desire” in relation to law, government policy, journalism, eugenics programs, marriage and sex manuals, and literary representation. The second book brings together key documents of the modern science of sexuality, including those on gender and sexual difference, homosexuality, transsexuality, bisexuality, and reproductive control.

Christopher G. Hudson, AB’72, AM’74, An Interdependency Model of Homelessness: The Dynamics of Social Disintegration (Edwin Mellen Press). This national empirical study of homelessness in the United States is based on an analysis of variations in the size of homeless populations among the nation’s 3,141 counties. The author includes a detailed review of proposed strategies for ending homelessness.

Dolores B. Koenig, AB’72, Tiéman Diarra, and Moussa Sow, Innovation and Individuality in African Development (University of Michigan Press). Pursuing the question of how to improve development alternatives in West Africa, this book draws on anthropological theory. The authors present a contemporary case study of migrant Malian farmers to illustrate how Africans have tried to improve their lives—and often succeeded at doing so.

Gene Meyers, PhD’94, Children and Animals: Social Development and Our Connections to Other Species (Westview Press). Based on an extended study of preschoolers’ interactions with a variety of animals, the author analyzes how the development of social abilities structures the meanings animals have for children.

Franklin C. L. Ng, AM’75, PhD’75, The Taiwanese Americans (Greenwood Press) and editor, Asians in America: The Peoples of East, Southeast, and South Asia in American Life and Culture (Garland Publishing). The first title examines an immigrant population that has flourished since 1965, focusing on community organization, information networks, religious practices, cultural observances, and the growing second generation. The second book, a collection of articles about Asian Americans, covers history and immigration; family and community life; women’s and gender issues; adaptation, acculturation and transnational ties; interethnic relations and politics; and labor and economic concerns.

Erik F. Parens, AB’79, AM’83, PhD’88, editor, Enhancing Human Traits: Ethical and Social Implications (Georgetown University Press). Scholars from philosophy, sociology, history, theology, women’s studies, and law explore the looming ethical and social implications of new biotechnologies that are rapidly making it possible to enhance an individual’s mental and physical attributes in ways previously only imagined.

Yue-Man Yeung, PhD’72, co-editor, Guangdong: Survey of a Province Undergoing Rapid Change (Chinese University Press); editor, Urban Development in Asia: Retrospect and Prospect (Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies); and co-editor, Globalization and the World of Large Cities (United Nations University Press). The first title examines the physical and socio economic transformation of China’s southern province since 1978. The second presents salient development trends in Asian cities over the past 50 years and a prognosis for the future. The third book relates globalization to major urban-regional change in all major regions of the world.


Richard L. Lutz, AB’53, Hidden Amazon (Dimi Press). In his account of two trips in the Peruvian Amazon, one on the river and one in the jungle, Lutz blends personal experiences with historical and biological background on the Amazon and the rain forest.

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