Kristin Bezio, Assistant Professor Of Leadership Studies discusses “Friends & Rivals: Loyalty, Ethics, and Leadership in Dragon Age II,” a chapter in the 2014 book, Identity and Leadership in Virtual Communities: Establishing Credibility and Influence. Dr. Bezio’s teaching and research focuses on the ways in which literature, drama, film, and video games have influenced society and the way people think about issues of leadership and followership. Her chapter explores how video game players can influence their understanding of ethics in terms of human emotion and interaction.
Dr. Thomas Bonfiglio, Professor of Literature and Linguistics in the Department of Modern Literatures and Cultures discusses his new book, Why is English Literature? Language and Letters for the Twenty-First Century, published recently by Palgrave. Dr. Bonfiglio examines why English colonized literature after World War II and non-English literatures became configured as “foreign language .”
Amy Howard, executive director of the Bonner Center for
Civic Engagement and associated faculty in American studies, discusses her new book, More Than Shelter: Activism and Community in San Francisco Public Housing, published recently by the University of Minnesota Press. Her research and book looks closely at three public housing projects in San Francisco and brings to light the dramatic measures tenants have taken to create communities that mattered to them.
David Kitchen, Associate Dean of Strategic Planning
and Summer Programs in the School of Professional & Continuing Studies discusses his new book, Global Climate Change : Turning Knowledge into Action, published recently by Prentice-Hall. Taking a cross-disciplinary approach, Dr. Kitchen examines not only the physical science, but the social, economic, political, energy, and environmental issues surrounding climate change. His goal is to turn knowledge into action, equipping students with the knowledge and critical skills to make informed decisions, and participate in the public debate.
Dr. Elizabeth Baughan, Associate Professor of Classics and Archaeology, discusses her new book, Couched in Death: Klinai and Identity in Anatolia and Beyond, published recently by the University of Wisconsin Press. In this book, Dr. Baughan offers the first comprehensive look at the earliest funeral couches in the ancient Mediterranean world. Bringing a diverse body of understudied and unpublished material together for the first time, she investigates the origins and cultural significance of burials on couches and charts their development and distribution throughout Anatolia.
Dr. Sheila Carapico, Professor of Political Science and International Studies, discusses her new book, Political Aid and Arab Activism: Democracy Promotion, Justice, and Representation, published recently by Cambridge University Press. In this book, Dr. Carapcio examines what it means to promote “transitions to democracy” in the Middle East. Have North American, European, and multilateral projects advanced human rights, authoritarian retrenchment, or Western domination?
Dr. Eric Yellin, Associate Professor of History and American
Studies discusses his new book, Racism in the Nation’s Service: Government Workers and the Color Line in Woodrow Wilson’s America, published recently by the University of North Carolina Press. In this book, Dr. Yellin argues that President Wilson’s administration successfully segregated the federal government in the age of progressive politics. He investigates how the enactment of the segregation policy imposed a color line on American opportunity and implicated Washington in the economic limitation of African Americans for decades to come.
Dr. Yucel Yanikdag, Associate Professor of History
discusses his new book, Healing the Nation: Prisoners of War, Medicine and Nationalism in Turkey, 1914-1939, published recently by Edinburgh University Press. In this book, he explores how Ottoman prisoners of war and military doctors of the First World War discursively constructed their nation as a community, and at the same time attempted to exclude certain groups from that nation. Yanikdag aims to broaden the discussion of nationalism to explore how ideological and biological factors influenced each other.
Dr. Monti Datta, Assistant Professor of Political Science, discusses his forthcoming new book, Anti-Americanism and the Rise of World Opinion. Drawing from a wealth of research data, interviews and surveys of social media, this book directly examines pro- and anti-American views and asks what we can learn about the nature and impact of world opinion. By treating anti-Americanism as a case study of public opinion at work, Professor Datta reveals how we can better understand the relationship between global citizens and their political leaders, and concludes that anti-Americanism does in fact substantially impact US security, as well as its economic and political interests.
Dr. Della Dumbaugh, Professor Of Mathematics, discusses her recent article, “Creating a Life: Emil Artin in America” in The Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society. This article focuses on Emil Artin, an Austrian born mathematician who spent his career in Germany and America, and his forced emigration to America. The article also provides an overview of his work in the United States.