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Bookmarks: Recent A&S faculty publications

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Bookmarks: Recent A&S faculty publications

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Roger Kanet and Dina Moulioukova, Political Science & International Studies
Russia and the World in the Putin Era, From Theory to Reality in Russian Global Strategy (Routledge). When the Soviet Union disintegrated after the Cold War, Russia seemingly embarked on the establishment of a democratic political system and seemed intent on joining the liberal international order. However, under President Putin’s rule, there have been dramatic shifts in Russian domestic and foreign policies. This book examines broad aspects of Russian political culture and threat perception, such as Russia’s reaction to NATO expansion and its information warfare and energy policies. The book’s objective is to explain the factors that influence Russian foreign policy, and to show how and why Russian relations with the European Union and the United States have deteriorated so rapidly.

Judy Hood, English…to live in this world (Fishing Line Press). Hood’s first book of poetry…to live in this world, connects deep loss to shared grief, experiences the living, breathing moment with an acute awareness of its ephemeral fragility, and reflects on the paths that have brought her to connect profoundly with the natural world. Her poetry resonates with the soulful braiding of wonder and pain, of the intimately personal and the essential elemental.

Donald Spivey, History
Bates Must Play! Racism, Activism, and Integrity in College Football (Carolina Academic Press). The first and only book-length account of the Bates 7 protest that occurred at New York University, the book tells the story of Len Bates and the seven brave students who did not compromise in their fight against Jim Crow in college football. The Bates 7 took action when rumors spread in the fall of 1940 that black star running back, Len Bates, was going to be left behind when the football team ventured to Columbia, Missouri to play the University of Missouri Tigers. They heard that Missouri invoked the gentlemen’s agreement and would not allow an interracial sporting event in Columbia. The Bates 7 protest made a significant contribution to the national civil rights movement, and it was a front-page story in the New York Times that NYU decided to honor the seven students who, sixty years earlier, the University disciplined and punished. The book is based on extensive and exclusive interviews with Len Bates and the Bates 7 and in-depth research into the movement and the era.

Allison Schifani, Modern Languages and Literatures
Urban Ecology and Intervention in the 21st Century Americas (Routledge). This book takes a hemispheric approach to contemporary urban intervention, examining urban ecologies, communication technologies, and cultural practices in the 21st century. It argues that government and social regimes of control and forms of political resistance converge in speculation on disaster and that his convergence has formed a vision of urban environments in the Americas in which forms of play and imaginations of catastrophe intersect in the vertical field. Considered to be of great interest to students and scholars of Urban Studies, Media Studies, American Studies, Global Studies, and the broad and interdisciplinary field of Environmental Humanities, the book explores a diverse range of resistant urban interventions and a model of ecocriticism that addresses aesthetic practices and forms of play in the urban environment.

Steven Butterman, Modern Languages and Literatures
Queering and Querying the Paradise of Paradox (Rowman & Littlefield). Providing readers with a study of the characteristics that make life unique for sexual minorities in Brazil, the book offers views of Brazil in relation to global LGBT sociopolitical movements. It critically assesses the complex relationship(s) between the visual arts and political activism, carefully analyzing artistic, cinematic, and photographic representations of LGBTQ identities. In his book, Butterman conducts the first comprehensive analysis of the dynamics and features of the largest LGBT Pride Parade in the world and creates a theoretical scholarly framework promoting linkages between political activism and academic scholarship by using discourse analysis, the intricacies of terminology Brazilian sexual minorities adopt and adapt, and the illustration of LGBTQ identities through performative language use.

Pamela Geller, Anthropology
Theorizing Bioarchaeology (Springer). Bioarchaeology has relied on Darwinian perspectives and biocultural models to communicate information about the lives of past peoples. This book demonstrates how further theoretical expansion—a thoughtful engagement with critical social theorizing—can contribute insightful and more ethical outcomes. To do so, it focuses on the concept’s habitus, the normal, intersectionality, necropolitics, and bioethos to deepen study of plasticity, disease, gender, violence, and race and ethnicity.

Michael Bustamante, History
Cuban Memory Wars: Retrospective Politics in Revolution and Exile (UNC Press.) In Cuban Memory Wars, Bustamante excavates Cubans’ contested memories of the Cuban Revolution’s roots and results over its first twenty years. Cubans’ battles over the past, he argues, not only defied simple political divisions; they also helped shape the course of Cuban history itself. Drawing on troves of archival materials, including visual media, Bustamante tracks the process of what he calls retrospective politics across the Florida Straits. In doing so, he drives Cuban history beyond the polarized vision seemingly set in stone today and raises the prospect of a more inclusive national narrative.

Michael Touchton, Political Science
Participatory Budgeting in Global Perspective (Oxford University Press). Participatory Budgeting (PB) continues to spread across the globe as government officials and citizens adopt this innovative democratic program in the hopes of strengthening accountability, civil society, and well-being. Participatory Budgeting in Global Perspective provides a theoretical and empirical explanation to account for widespread variation in PB's adoption, adaptation, and impacts. The book is organized by global region and finds that change in PB rules and design as the program spreads is now leading to significant differences in the outcomes these programs produce. Some programs successfully promote accountability, expand civil society, and improve well-being but, too often, researchers do not have any evidence tying PB to significant social or political change.