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Books published by William & Mary faculty in 2019

The following books were authored or edited by William & Mary faculty members and published in 2019. Books are listed in alphabetical order within the following categories: arts & sciences and education. Additional categories may be added throughout the year as more books are published. The information contained herein was submitted by the authors. Additional books may be submitted via this online form. - Ed.

Arts & Sciences
Brides, Mourners, Bacchae: Women's Rituals in Roman Literature
By Vassiliki Panoussi, Professor of Classical Studies

The book explores women's place in weddings, funerals, Bacchic rites, and women-only rituals in Roman literature, and the ways women were able to exercise influence, even power in Rome in the late Republic (1st c. BCE) to Flavian times (1st c. CE). The first large-scale analysis of this body of work from a feminist perspective, the book makes a compelling case that ritual was an important lens through which Roman authors explored the problems of women's agency, subjectivity, civic identity, and self-expression.

Published by Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019 | More information

Cellular Biophysics and Modeling: a primer on the computational biology of excitable cells
By Greg Conradi Smith, Professor, Department of Applied Science, Neuroscience Program Faculty Affiliate

What every neuroscientist should know about the mathematical modeling of excitable cells. Combining empirical physiology and nonlinear dynamics, this text provides an introduction to the simulation and modeling of dynamic phenomena in cell biology and neuroscience. It introduces mathematical modeling techniques alongside cellular electrophysiology. Topics include membrane transport and diffusion, the biophysics of excitable membranes, the gating of voltage and ligand-gated ion channels, intracellular calcium signalling, and electrical bursting in neurons and other excitable cell types. It introduces mathematical modeling techniques such as ordinary differential equations, phase plane, and bifurcation analysis of single-compartment neuron models. With analytical and computational problem sets, this book is suitable for life sciences majors, in biology to neuroscience, with one year of calculus, as well as graduate students looking for a primer on membrane excitability and calcium signaling.

Published by Cambridge University Press, 2019 | More information

Everyone On the Same Frequency: the Radio Hobby, Private Associations, and the Challenge of Modernity in Germany 1918-1955
By Bruce B. Campbell, Professor of German Studies, Emeritus

The hobby of radio was a major way for people to come to terms with technological modernity in the first half of the 20th. century. Otherwise frightening technology was 'domesticated' and accepted by individuals by literally putting it on the kitchen table to build or update a working radio. the book focuses on Germany and the huge ecosystem of radio clubs and associations under several regimes from 1920 to 1955.

Published by Palgrave-MacMillan, 2019

A Genealogy of Devotion
By Patton Burchett, Assistant Professor (Religious Studies Department)

A path-breaking genealogical study of devotional (bhakti) Hinduism that traces its understudied historical relationships with tantra, yoga, and Sufism. A Genealogy of Devotion illuminates the complex historical factors at play in the growth of bhakti in Sultanate and Mughal India through its pivotal interactions with Indic and Persianate traditions of asceticism, monasticism, politics, and literature. Shedding new light on the importance of Persian culture and popular Sufism in the history of devotional Hinduism, Burchett’s work explores the cultural encounters that reshaped early modern North Indian communities.

Published by Columbia University Press | More information

I Made for You a New Machine and All It Does Is Hope

By Richard Lucyshyn, Adjunct Instructor of Creative Writing, Department of English

A full length collection of poems.

Published by The Operating System | More information

Poe's 'Eureka,' Erasmus Darwin, and Discourses of Radical Science in Britain and America, 1770-1850
By Robert J. Scholnick, Professor of English and American Studies

Scholnick's book, a reviewer writes, "deals with the most important revolution in scientific thought: the idea of evolution." It discloses an entire and surprising world of thought behind Poe's work, drawing from such figures as Erasmus Darwin, Robert Chambers and Alexander von Humboldt.

Released by Edwin Mellen Press in 2019

The Racial Politics of Division: Interethnic Struggles for Legitimacy in Multicultural Miami
By Monika Gosin, Associate Professor, Sociology

From the publisher: The Racial Politics of Division deconstructs antagonistic discourses that circulated in local Miami media between African Americans, "white" Cubans, and "black" Cubans during the 1980 Mariel Boatlift and the 1994 Balsero Crisis. Monika Gosin challenges exclusionary arguments pitting these groups against one another and depicts instead the nuanced ways in which identities have been constructed, negotiated, rejected, and reclaimed in the context of Miami's historical multiethnic tensions. By looking back to interethnic conflict that foreshadowed current demographic and social trends, Gosin provides us with lessons for current debates surrounding immigration, interethnic relations, and national belonging.

Published by Cornell University Press | More information

Assessing Deeper Learning: Developing, Implementing, and Scoring Performance Tasks
By Christopher R. Gareis M.A.Ed. '92, Ed.S. '93, Ed.D. '96, Professor of Educational Leadership in the School of Education, and Douglas G Wren (unaffiliated with W&M)

Assessing Deeper Learning: Developing, Implementing, and Scoring Performance Tasks examines the role of performance assessment to facilitate student attainment of the core competencies of deeper learning. The book details a journey that a large school district undertook to create a system of performance tasks designed to assess students’ proficiency in critical thinking, problem solving, and effective communication. Chapters devoted to the development and implementation of the district’s high-quality performance tasks and rubrics highlight successes and lessons learned during the journey. Additional chapters focus on such topics as types of performance assessments, instructional methods that promote student engagement and deeper learning, policy, and how teacher leaders can drive this innovation to serve the teaching, learning, assessment, and accountability needs of schools. Assessing Deeper Learning: Developing, Implementing, and Scoring Performance Tasks was written for teachers, administrators, superintendents, and policy makers to better understand the challenges and opportunities afforded by using performance assessment to promote deeper learning.

Published by Rowman & Littlefield, 2019 | More information

Evaluating School Superintendents: A Guide to Employing Fair and Effective Procedures and Practices
By Michael F. DiPaola, Chancellor Professor of Education; Steven R. Staples and Tracey L. Schneider

The purpose of this book is to provide guidelines to conduct a high-quality, research-based evaluation of a school superintendent and snapshot of contemporary practices of superintendent evaluation across the United States.

Published by Roman & Littlefield, 2019