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, education and law. 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.
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
Kashmir: Oxford India Short Introductions
By Chitralekha Zutshi, Professor of History
This short introduction untangles the complex issue of Kashmir to help readers understand not just its past, present, and future, but also the sources of the existing misconceptions about the region. Kashmir emerges in this account as a geographic entity as well as a composite of multiple ideas and shifting boundaries that were produced in specific historical and political contexts.
Published by Oxford University Press, 2019 | More information
Making the Case: Narrative Psychological Case Histories and the Invention of Individuality in Germany, 1750-1800
By Robert S. Leventhal, Associate Professor and Program Director of German Studies, Program Director of Judaic Studies
One hundred years before Freud’s psychoanalytic case-histories, the narrative psychological case-history emerged in the second half of the eighteenth century in Germany, cutting across the disciplines of medicine, philosophy, law, psychology, anthropology and literature. An avalanche of such case histories from 1750-1800, programmatic writings on their theory and practice, as well as the controversies surrounding their validity and function for an envisioned ‘science of the soul’ attest to the advent of a culture of the 'case' still very much present today. As one reviewer has noted, the book represents "a groundbreaking contribution to the history of psychology [...] an important continuation and refinement of Foucault's investigations into the inventions of the self."
Published by de Gruyter, November 2019 | 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
You Be You! The Kid's Guide to Gender, Sexuality and Family
By Jonathan Branfman, Visiting Assistant Professor, Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, Film and Media Studies
This illustrated children's book helps kids 7-12 understand diverse genders, sexual orientations and family structures. It also explains discrimination, intersectionality and how to stand up for what's right. "You Be You" is ideal for parents who want to give their kids clear, age-appropriate lessons on LGBTIA inclusion.
Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers | 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
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
The Company They Keep: How Partisan Divisions Came to the Court
By Neal Devins, Sandra Day O'Connor Professor of Law, Professor of Government, Director of the Institute of Bill of Rights Law, and Lawrence Baum
Are Supreme Court justices swayed by the political environment that surrounds them? Most people think "yes," and they point to the influence of the general public and the other branches of government on the Court. It is not that simple, however. As the authors show in this book, justices today are reacting far more to subtle social forces in their own elite legal world than to pressure from the other branches of government or mass public opinion. In particular, the authors draw from social psychology research to show why Justices are apt to follow the lead of the elite social networks that they are a part of. Through their examination of the factors that shape decision-making, the authors seek to reshape our understanding of how political polarization occurs on the contemporary Supreme Court.
Published by Oxford University Press, February 2019 | More information
Criminal Procedure, 9th Edition
By Paul Marcus (co-author with Melanie Wilson), Haynes Professor of Law
"Criminal Procedure" is classroom teaching tool for law students across the nation. The casebook covers all of the foundational constitutional criminal procedure cases, as well as the most recent decisions from the United States Supreme Court on the subject. Although it addresses more, the book focuses on the Fourth Amendment search and seizure provision, the Fifth Amendment protections against unlawful confessions, and the Sixth Amendment right to counsel.
Published by Carolina Academic Press, 2019 | More information
The First Amendment in the Trump Era
By Timothy Zick, John Marshall Professor of Government & Citizenship
This book catalogs and analyzes the many First Amendment controversies of the Trump presidency. It places these controversies in historical and constitutional contexts, in order to help us understand what is distinctive about the Trump Era and what is familiar. The book uses lessons from the past to help guide us through the unique First Amendment challenges of the present era.
Published by Oxford University Press, October 2019 | More information
Homeschooling: The History and Philosophy of a Controversial Practice
By James G. Dwyer, co-author, Arthur B. Hansen Professor of Law
The book examines homeschooling’s history, its methods, and the fundamental questions at the root of the heated debate over whether and how the state should oversee and regulate it. It traces the evolution of homeschooling and the law relating to it from before America’s founding to the present day, then analyzes the many arguments made for and against it, setting them in the context of larger questions about school and education. The book then tackles the question of regulation, within a rigorous moral framework constructed from a clear-eyed assessment of what rights and duties children, parents and the state each possess, ultimately generating some novel policy prescriptions.
Published by University of Chicago Press, 2019 | More information
The Oxford Handbook of Fiduciary Law
By Evan Criddle, Ernest W. Goodrich Professor of Law (editor with Paul B. Miller & Robert H. Sitkoff)
"The Oxford Handbook of Fiduciary Law" provides a comprehensive overview of critical topics in fiduciary law and theory through chapters authored by leading scholars. The handbook opens with surveys of the many fields of law in which fiduciary duties arise, including agency law, trust law, corporate law, pension law, bankruptcy law, family law, employment law, legal representation, health care and international law. Drawing on these surveys, the handbook offers a synthetic analysis of fiduciary law's key concepts and principles.
Published by Oxford University Press, 2019 | More information
Priests of the Law: Roman Law and the Making of the Common Law's First Professionals
By Thomas J. McSweeney '02, Professor of Law
"Priests of the Law" tells the story of the first people in the history of the common law to think of themselves as legal professionals. This book examines the justices who wrote the treatise known as Bracton. This book examines the justices who wrote the treatise known as Bracton. The judges who wrote Bracton — Martin of Pattishall, William of Raleigh and Henry of Bratton — were some of the first people to work full-time in England's royal courts, at a time when there was no obvious model for the legal professional. They found one in an unexpected place: they sought to clothe themselves in the authority and prestige of the scholarly Roman-law tradition that was sweeping across Europe in the thirteenth century, modelling themselves on the jurists of Roman law who were teaching in European universities. In Bracton and other texts they produced, the justices of the royal courts worked hard to establish that the common law was just one constituent part of the Roman-law tradition. Through their writing, this small group of people, working in the courts of an island realm, imagined themselves to be part of a broader European legal culture. They made the case that they were not merely servants of the king: they were priests of the law.
Published by Oxford University Press, 2019 | More information