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Books published by William & Mary faculty in 2021

The following books were authored or edited by William & Mary faculty members and published in 2021. Books are listed in alphabetical order within the following categories: arts & sciences, business, education and marine science. 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


Animals’ Best Friends: Putting Compassion to Work for Animals in Captivity and in the Wild

By Barbara J. King, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology

Barbara J. King continues her journey through the emotional lives of animals, this time focusing on creatures that aren’t usually considered to be pets — cattle, bison, octopus, chimpanzees. In this reflection- and anecdote-filled volume, King offers suggestions on how we can approach even spiders with compassion and humanity and describes the real rewards possible when we do so.

Published by University of Chicago Press | More information

Ars Antiqua: Music and Culture in Europe c. 1150-1330

By Thomas B. Payne (co-editor and contributor of a chapter to the volume), the David N. and Margaret C. Bottoms Professor of Music

This volume presents new contributions that address the principal polyphonic musical genres of the late twelfth and thirteenth centuries (organum, motet, conductus). It also treats vernacular and monophonic songs, issues of musical and poetic aesthetics, manuscript tradition and production, authorship, liturgical practices, the continuance of "ars antiqua" ideas well into the fourteenth-century era of the "ars nova," and the role that information technologies may play in future "ars antiqua" scholarship.

Published by Brepols Publishers in Turnhout, Belgium | More information

The Art of Useless: Fashion, Media, and Consumer Culture in Contemporary China

By Calvin Hui, Associate Professor of Chinese Studies (Class of 1952 Associate Professor of Chinese Studies, beginning in fall 2021)

Since embarking on economic reforms in 1978, the People’s Republic of China has also undergone a sweeping cultural reorganization, from proletarian culture under Mao to middle-class consumer culture today. Under these circumstances, how has a Chinese middle class come into being, and how has consumerism become the dominant ideology of an avowedly socialist country? "The Art of Useless" offers an innovative way to understand China’s unprecedented political-economic, social and cultural transformations, showing how consumer culture helps anticipate, produce and shape a new middle-class subjectivity.

Published by Columbia University Press | More information

Between Dreams and Ghosts: Indian Migration and Middle Eastern Oil

By Andrea Wright, Assistant Professor, Anthropology and Asian & Middle Eastern Studies

"Between Dreams and Ghosts: Indian Migration and Middle Eastern Oil" is an ethnography of Indian migration to oil and gas projects in the Gulf. More than one million Indians travel annually to work in oil projects in the Gulf; one of the few international destinations where men without formal education can find lucrative employment. "Between Dreams and Ghost"s follows their migration, from villages in India to oil projects in the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, and back again.

Published by Stanford University Press | More information

The Brontes: Romantic Passion and Social Justice

By Deborah Denenholz Morse, Professor of English

These are ten lectures in the Great Courses series that are released by Audible in Audible Originals. The lectures discuss the Bronte sisters' novels in relation to Romanticism and the social issues of enslavement and abolitionism, women's rights and animal welfare.

Published by Audible | More information (Search for Audible Originals)

Dust in the Atmosphere of Mars and Its Impact on Human Exploration

Co-Edited by Joel S. Levine (also a contributor), Research Professor, Department of Applied Science

The United States is planning the first human mission to Mars to occur as early as the mid-2030s. Mars is a very dusty planet with frequent dust storms at the local, regional and global scale. This book addresses the problems of Mars dust on the human exploration of the Red Planet with contributions from more than 40 Mars scientists, engineers and medical researchers from NASA, universities and industry.

Published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing | More information

Fair Copy: Relational Poetics and Antebellum American Women's Poetry

By Jennifer Putzi, Professor of English and Gender, Sexuality, & Women's Studies

In "Fair Copy" Jennifer Putzi studies the composition, publication and circulation of American women's poetry in the antebellum United States. In opposition to a traditional scholarly emphasis on originality and individuality, or a recovery method centered on author-based interventions, Putzi proposes a theory and methodology of relational poetics: focusing on poetry written by working-class and African American women poets, she demonstrates how an emphasis on relationships between and among people and texts shaped the poems that women wrote, the avenues they took to gain access to print, and the way their poems functioned within a variety of print cultures. Yet it is their very relationality which has led to these poems and the poets who published them being written out of literary history. "Fair Copy" models a radical reading and recovery of this work in a way that will redirect the study of 19th-century American women's poetry.

Published by University of Pennsylvania Press | More information

The Impact of Lunar Dust on Human Exploration

Edited by Joel S. Levine, Research Professor, Department of Applied Science

When the Apollo 11 astronauts landed on the Moon on July 20, 1969, they discovered that the surface of the Moon was covered with several inches of very fine, tiny particles composed of very sharp, glassy material. The lunar dust stuck to everything it came in contact with and eroded the astronaut's spacesuits, seals, equipment, instrumentation, irritated their eyes and lungs, etc. As the U.S. is now planning to return humans to the Moon as early as 2024, the lunar dust problem must be significantly mitigated or reduced. This book summarizes the lunar dust problems for human exploration on the Moon and suggests potential dust mitigation/reduction solutions.

Published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK | More information

The Material World of Eyre Hall: Four Centuries of Chesapeake History

Edited by Carl R. Lounsbury, Adjunct Associate Professor of History
There were also 22 contributors, more than half of whom were William & Mary graduates.

Erected in 1759 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Eyre Hall is still occupied by descendants of its builder, Littleton Eyre. Since construction, succeeding generations have acquired and preserved a rich variety of household and family objects and documents. Only a handful of Virginia houses can claim such continuity. The book presents an extensive history of the Eyre family across four centuries, offering a fascinating insight into the preservation of a family home while exemplifying the changing aspects of southern history through Eyre Hall's material culture. The first of four sections traces the family history; the second describes the architecture of the place and the third explores the ornamental garden. The fourth section comprises a catalogue raisonne of the furniture, silver, ceramics, glass, paintings and prints, books, musical instruments, textiles, sheet music and miscellaneous objects.

Published by D. Giles Limited in association with the Maryland Center for History and Culture | More information

Nonlinear Optimization: Models and Applications

By William P. Fox, Visiting Professor, Department of Mathematics

This book covers nonlinear optimization methods in two and more variables with both unconstrained and constrained methods. Both analytical and numerical approximations methods are covered. There are many applied problems as examples.

Published by CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group | More information

Observing Evolution: Peppered Moths and the Discovery of Parallel Melanism

by Bruce S. Grant, Emeritus Professor of Biology

It was the time of the Industrial Revolution in Britain, and pollution was turning lichens dark. As the lichens darkened, light-colored Biston betularia moths were more visible to birds and became easy pickings. A once-rare dark color morph of the moth became dominant through Darwinian natural selection. Bruce Grant observed a similar pattern in North America, with much of the work done while he was on the biology faculty at William & Mary, helping to reinforce and popularize the mechanism of natural selection in evolution.

Published by Johns Hopkins University Press | More information

The Rio de la Plata from Colony to Nations

Co-edited by Fabrício Prado (also a contributor), Associate Professor of History

This edited volume brings together essays that examine recent scholarship on the history of the Rio de la Plata region (present-day Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and southern Brazil) from the colonial period to the nineteenth century. It illustrates new themes and historical methods that have transformed the historiography of Rio de la Plata, including the use of new sources, digital methodologies and techniques, and innovative approaches to the already well-studied themes of gender, race, commerce, the slave trade, indigenous history, and economic, political, and military history. 

Published by Palgrave Macmillan | More information

Russian TV Series in the Era of Transition: Genres, Technologies, Identities

Edited by Elena Prokhorova, Professor of Russian Studies at W&M; Alexander Prokhorov, Russian Studies Program Director and Professor of Russian Studies at W&M; and Professor Rimgaila Salys (University of Colorado, Boulder)

"Russian TV Series in the Era of Transition" examines contemporary Russian television genres in the age of transition from broadcast to post-broadcast television. Focusing on critical debates and the most significant TV series of the past two decades, the volume’s contributors ― the leading US and European scholars studying Russian television, as well as the leading Russian TV producers and directors ― focus on three major issues: Russian television’s transition to digital post-broadcast economy, which redefined the media environment; Russian television’s integration into global television markets and their genre systems; and major changes in the representation of gender and sexuality on Russian television.

Published by Brookline, MA: Academic Studies Press | More information

Teaching About Fake News: Lesson plans for different disciplines and audiences

Edited by Candice Benjes-Small (Head of Research, W&M Libraries) and Mary K. Oberlies (Instruction & Research Librarian)

This book explores the problematic nature of the phrase "fake news" and its meaning through the lens of different disciplines and audiences, helping librarians to focus on an aspect of fake news that will be compelling to a particular audience or in a specific setting. The book contains 23 chapters with full lesson plans arranged into seven themes: algorithms/altmetrics, visual literacy, media literacy, memes, business, science communication, the financial/political impact of fake news, and partnerships.

Published by Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) | More information

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Human Resources Management and Ethics: Responsibilities, Actions, Issues, and Experiences

By Ronald R. Sims, Floyd Dewey Gottwald Professor, and Sheri K. Bias, Adjunct Professor

The book explores and provides an in-depth look at the responsibilities, actions, issues and experiences related to HRM and ethics for individual employees, organizations and the broader society. More specifically, the book discusses the ever evolving role of HRM professionals in taking on more responsibility for developing and institutionalizing an ethical culture in their organizations (i.e., public, private, not-for-profit, academic, etc.).

Published by Information Age Publishing, Inc. | More information

Leadership, Leaders and Leading

By Ronald R. Sims, Floyd Dewey Gottwald Professor

The book is based on the premise that effective leaders need to be able to establish a shared vision and accompanying strategy that other members of the organization strongly believe in and are willing to help execute. The book argues that we can continue to learn from traditional and contemporary theories and myths about effective leadership & leaders and how they can successfully lead an increasingly diverse and demanding workforce, consumers and the broader society.

Published by Information Age Publishing, Inc. | More information

Succeeding as a Frontline Manager in Today's Organizations

By Ronald R. Sims, Floyd Dewey Gottwald Professor

This book examines both the traditional and contemporary skills todays frontline managers must have at a minimum and those they must successfully learn to implement to fulfill their critical roles and responsibilities.
The book argues that FLMs will continue to play a critical role in helping their organizations pursue and achieve their strategic, tactical and operational goas efficiently and effectively.

Published by Information Age Publishing, Inc. | More information 

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Career Development Interventions (6th edition)

By Spencer Niles, W&M Professor of Education, and JoAnn Harris-Bowlsbey, Kuder, Inc.

This is the best selling text on career development interventions used in counseling, psychology, and social work programs to prepare practitioners to foster positive career development in their clients.

Published by Pearson | More information

Career Flow and Development: Hope in Action

By Spencer Niles, W&M Professor of Education, Norman Amundson, Roberta Neault and Hyung Joon Yoon

This book is based on the concept of flow and applied to helping university students understand the career development and manage the career development process.

Published by Cognella Press | More information

Career Recovery: Creating Careers with Hope in Difficult Times

By Spencer Niles, W&M Professor of Education; Norman Amundson, Roberta Neault and Hyung Joon Yoon

This book is intended for unemployed adults seeking re-entry into the workforce and is especially relevant for the pandemic recovery period.

Published by Cognella Press | More information

Handbook for Counselors Serving Students With Gifts and Talents (second edition)

Edited by Tracy L. Cross, Jody and Layton Smith Professor of Psychology and Gifted Education and Director of the Center for Gifted Education at W&M; and Jennifer Riedl Cross, Research Associate Professor and Director of Research for the Center for Gifted Education

The second edition of "Handbook for Counselors Serving Students With Gifts and Talents" provides the definitive overview of research on the general knowledge that has been amassed regarding the psychology of gifted students. With chapters authored by leading experts in the field, "Handbook for Counselors Serving Students With Gifts and Talents" is a resource professionals can turn to for answers to a wide variety of questions about gifted children.

Published by Routledge | More information

International Beliefs and Practices That Characterize Teacher Effectiveness

By Leslie W. Grant, Dorman Family Term Distinguished Associate Professor of Education at W&M; James H. Stronge, W&M Heritage Professor of Education; and Xianxuan Xu, Virginia Department of Education

"International Beliefs and Practices That Characterize Teacher Effectiveness" identifies, shares and explores the predominant conceptual understandings of beliefs and practices that characterize effective teachers in different countries. This book provides international and cross-cultural perspectives on teacher effectiveness and examines the prominent philosophies of teaching and pedagogical practices that characterize teachers in selected countries.

Published by IGI Global | More information

Qualities of effective principals (second edition)

By James H. Stronge, W&M Heritage Professor of Education; and Xianxuan Xu, Virginia Department of Education

Do principals factor into student success? In "Qualities of Effective Principals" (second edition), the authors answer this question with a resounding "Yes!" In fact, among school factors, the effect of principals is considered second only to that of teachers in facilitating student learning. Consequently, principals are expected to promote and develop the school vision, empowering stakeholders to build and maintain the conditions necessary for the success of all students.

Published by ASCD | More information

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Marine Science 
Chesapeake Bay Explorer's Guide

By David Malmquist, Director, VIMS News and Media Services

"Chesapeake Bay Explorer’s Guide" is the perfect reference for those who want to know more about the things they see in and around the famous estuary, whether they are relaxing on a beach, paddling through a saltmarsh or watching workboats duck beneath a drawbridge. Explore more than 14,000 miles of shoreline, myriad hiking trails and scores of wildlife preserves nestled between resort towns and other attractions. With more than 600 full-color photos, this guide highlights plants, animals and cultural artifacts from across the Bay ecosystem, and is aimed at both visitors and resident day-trippers.

Published by Globe Pequot | More information

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