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  • Stephen Mumme


    Border Water: The Politics of U.S.-Mexico Transboundary Water Management, 1945-2015

    EnvironmentPoliticsWater Publications

    The international boundary between the United States and Mexico spans more than 1,900 miles. Along much of this international border, water is what separates one country from the other. Border Water provides a historical account of the development of governance related to transboundary and border water resources between the United States and Mexico in the last seventy years.

  • Matthew MacKenzie


    Buddhist Philosophy and the Embodied Mind: A Constructive Engagement

    MetaphysicsPhilosophyReligious studies Publications

    In the last 30 years, embodied, embedded, enactive, and extended (4E) accounts of mind and experience have flourished. A more cosmopolitan and pluralistic approach to the philosophy of mind has also emerged, drawing on analytic, phenomenological, pragmatist, and non-Western sources and traditions. This is the first book to fully engages the 4E approach and Buddhist philosophy, drawing on and integrating the intersection of enactivism and Buddhist thought. This book deepens and extends the dialogue between Buddhist philosophy and 4E philosophy of mind and phenomenology. It engages with core issues in the philosophy of mind broadly construed in and through the dialogue between Buddhism and enactivism. Indian philosophers developed and defended philosophically sophisticated and phenomenologically rich accounts of mind, self, cognition, perception, embodiment, and more. As a work of cross-cultural philosophy, the book investigates the nature of mind and experience in dialogue with Indian and Western thinkers. On the basis of this cross-traditional dialogue, the book articulates and defends a dynamic, non-substantialist, and embodied account of experience, subjectivity, and self.

  • Eirik Harris


    Adventures in Chinese Realism: Classic Philosophy Applied to Contemporary Issues

    EthicsPhilosophyPolitics Publications

    Realism, or Legalism, was once a significant influence in classical Chinese philosophy, later eclipsed by Confucianism. Its ideas, however, remain alive and powerful. Realists propose dealing with real-world problems using real-world instruments, such as incentives, rewards, institutions, and punishments. Adventures in Chinese Realism updates Chinese Realism to explain contemporary political and philosophical issues in a matter-of-fact, thought-provoking way. Contributors to this volume demonstrate how many of the Legalist recipes for creating strength, security, and order can be applied today. In many areas—international relations, corporate ethics, the organization of the public sector, and the roles that bureaucrats and politicians play—Realism offers unique ways to align these inherently particularistic actions with the broader common good.

  • Eirik Harris


    Confucianism: Comparisons and Controversies

    EthicsPhilosophyPolitics Publications

    A dialogue with Confucianism is conversation not only with its historical development but also with its contemporary shapes. Moreover, a dialogue with Confucianism is equally a dialogue with those engaging with the tradition. The aim of this issue is indeed to engage in such a dialogue from multiple perspectives to show that Confucianism is a multi-faceted, cross- sectional and interdisciplinary endeavor. Similarly, diverse are the ways of engaging with it. The authors of the papers assembled here cover a wide range of contemporary and historical issues, from inner-Confucian to wider Chinese and comparative perspectives.

  • Collin Rice


    Leveraging Distortions: Explanation, Idealization and Universality in Science

    Philosophy Publications

    A fundamental rule of logic is that in order for an argument to provide good reasons for its conclusion, the premises of the argument must be true. In this book, Collin Rice shows how the practice of science repeatedly, pervasively, and deliberately violates this principle. Rice argues that scientists strategically use distortions that misrepresent relevant features of natural phenomena in order to explain and understand—and that they use these distortions deliberately and justifiably in order to discover truths that would be otherwise inaccessible. Countering the standard emphasis on causation, accurate representation, and decomposition of science into its accurate and inaccurate parts, Rice shows that science's epistemic achievements can still be factive despite their being produced through the use of holistically distorted scientific representations. Indeed, he argues, this distortion is one of the most widely employed and fruitful tools used in scientific theorizing. Marshaling a range of case studies, Rice contends that many explanations in science are noncausal, and he presents an alternate view of explanation that captures the variety of noncausal explanations found across the sciences. He proposes an alternative holistic distortion view of idealized models, connecting it to physicists' concept of a universality class; shows how universality classes can overcome some of the challenges of multiscale modeling; and offers accounts of explanation, idealization, modeling, and understanding.

  • Michael Carolan


    A Decent Meal: Building Empathy in a Divided America

    Food and AgriculturePoliticsUrban Studies Publications

    A poignant look at empathetic encounters between staunch ideological rivals, all centered around our common need for food. While America's new reality appears to be a deeply divided body politic, many are wondering how we can or should move forward from here. Can political or social divisiveness be healed? Is empathy among people with very little ideological common ground possible? In A Decent Meal, Michael Carolan finds answers to these fundamental questions in a series of unexpected places: around our dinner tables, along the aisles of our supermarkets, and in the fields growing our fruits and vegetables. What is more common, after all, than the simple fact that we all need to eat? Each chapter follows the individuals who participated in a given experiment, ranging from strawberry-picking, attempting to subsist on SNAP benefits, or attending a dinner of wild game. By engaging with participants before, during, and after, Carolan is able to document their remarkable shifts in attitude and opinion. Though this book is framed around food, it is really about the spaces opened up by our need for food, in our communities, in our homes, and, ultimately, in our minds.

  • E.J. Levy


    The Cape Doctor

    FictionGender and Sexuality Publications

    Historical fiction inspired by the life of Dr. James Miranda Barry, who was born as a girl in Ireland – and embraced a male identity to become a brilliant physician in Cape Town, South Africa. Scandal disrupted and threatened his life.

  • Matthew Hitt, Joshua P. Darr, Johanna L. Dunaway


    Home Style Opinion: How Local Newspapers Can Slow Polarization

    CommunicationMedia StudiesPolitics Publications

    Local newspapers can hold back the rising tide of political division in America by turning away from the partisan battles in Washington and focusing their opinion page on local issues. When a local newspaper in California dropped national politics from its opinion page, the resulting space filled with local writers and issues. We use a pre-registered analysis plan to show that after this quasi-experiment, politically engaged people did not feel as far apart from members of the opposing party, compared to those in a similar community whose newspaper did not change. While it may not cure all of the imbalances and inequities in opinion journalism, an opinion page that ignores national politics could help local newspapers push back against political polarization.

  • Nicole Archambeau


    Souls under Siege: Stories of War, Plague, and Confession in Fourteenth-Century Provence

    Community/International DevelopmentSocial Movements Publications

    In Souls under Siege, explore how the inhabitants of southern France made sense of the ravages of successive waves of plague, the depredations of mercenary warfare, and the violence of royal succession during the fourteenth century. Many people understood both plague and war as the symptoms of spiritual sicknesses caused by excessive sin, and they sought cures in confession. Archambeau draws on a rich evidentiary base of sixty-eight narrative testimonials from the canonization inquest for Countess Delphine de Puimichel, which was held in the market town of Apt in 1363.  

  • Felicia Zamora


    I Always Carry My Bones

    Poetry Publications

    Winner of the 2020 Iowa Poetry Prize, this collection explores how familial history echoes inside a person and the ghosts of lineage dwell in a body. Zamora is associate poetry editor for the Colorado Review.

  • Dan Beachy-Quick


    Arrows Stone-Garland

    Poetry Publications

    An acclaimed CSU poet publishes two volumes showcasing his love of lyricism. Arrows is a book of poems that Publisher’s Weekly called “a stirring collection of unusual thoughtfulness.” Stone-Garland is an anthology of poetry translated by Beachy-Quick; the New York Times listed it as “new and noteworthy,” describing the compilation as “a modern gloss on six ancient Greeks.”

  • Lynn Badia


    Climate Realism: The Aesthetics of Weather and Atmosphere in the Anthropocene

    Environment Publications

    An exploration of the challenge of representing and conceptualizing climate in the era of climate change. The text sets forth a new research agenda for climate theory and aesthetics.

  • Beth Lechleitner



    Poetry Publications

    These poems gather and hold the water of life—the rivers, lakes, and oceans of it—and the tsunamis. The rain, the flooding, the sinking and the floating. In these poems, deep losses are balanced by love, intense longing leavened by insight, the mortal and ephemeral known by what lasts, for a while—all in precise and often surprising images and fresh, unexpected language. --Veronica Patterson

  • Katherine Knobloch


    Hope for Democracy: How Citizens Can Bring Reason back into Politics

    CommunicationGovernmentPolitics Publications

    Concerned citizens across the globe fear that democratic institutions are failing them. Citizens feel shut out of politics and worry that politicians are no longer responsive to their interests. In Hope for Democracy, John Gastil and Katherine R. Knobloch introduce new tools for tamping down hyper-partisanship and placing citizens at the heart of the democratic process. They showcase the Citizens' Initiative Review, which convenes a demographically-balanced random sample of citizens to study statewide ballot measures. Citizen panelists interrogate advocates, opponents, and experts, then write an analysis that distills their findings for voters. Gastil and Knobloch reveal how this process has helped voters better understand the policy issues placed on their ballots. Placed in the larger context of deliberative democratic reforms, Hope for Democracy shows how citizens and public officials can work together to bring more rationality and empathy into modern politics.

  • Johnny Plastini



    Visual arts Exhibition/Performance/Recording Projects

    Recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country, Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition, began in 1987 and was originally initiated by area artist Georgia Leach Gough. Now in its 33rd year, the exhibition shows the top national and international artists as we celebrate the evolving field of contemporary craft and the remarkable creativity and innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media. This year’s call for artists drew over 1,100 submissions from 16 countries around the world and 42 states. Juror Beth McLaughlin selected 72 works for exhibition at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center including works from 26 states and 3 countries including Hong Kong, Canada, and the United States in varying media including metal, wood, plastic, ceramic, fiber, and mixed media. This exhibition is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts and the City of Denton. The 33rd annual Materials will be on view February 7 - May 9, 2020 at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center. Johnny Plastini's work "Trypophobia" was selected by juror Beth C. McLaughlin for inclusion in the 33rd Annual Materials Hard + Soft Exhibition. "Trypophobia" is a handmade recycled paper piece [57" x 22"] by Plastini that relates psychological trauma to lived physical experience and visceral response mechanisms. Juror Beth C. McLaughlin is Chief Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts. Ms. McLaughlin has held leadership and curatorial roles in the arts and museum fields for over 25 years at institutions across the U.S., including Fuller Craft Museum, Oakland Museum of California, and DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum.

  • Andrew Altschul


    The Gringa

    FictionPoliticsSocial Justice Publications

    Leonora Gelb came to Peru to make a difference. A passionate and idealistic Stanford grad, she left a life of privilege to fight poverty and oppression, but her beliefs are tested when she falls in with violent revolutionaries. While death squads and informants roam the streets and suspicion festers among the comrades, Leonora plans a decisive act of protest—until her capture in a bloody government raid, and a sham trial that sends her to prison for life. Ten years later, Andres—a failed novelist turned expat—is asked to write a magazine profile of “La Leo.” As his personal life unravels, he struggles to understand Leonora, to reconstruct her involvement with the militants, and to chronicle Peru’s tragic history. At every turn he’s confronted by violence and suffering, and by the consequences of his American privilege. Is the real Leonora an activist or a terrorist? Cold-eyed conspirator or naïve puppet? And who is he to decide? In this powerful and timely new novel, Andrew Altschul maps the blurred boundaries between fact and fiction, author and text, resistance and extremism. Part coming-of-age story and part political thriller, THE GRINGA asks what one person can do in the face of the world’s injustice.

  • Michele Betsill


    Agency in Earth System Governance

    EnvironmentPoliticsSustainability Studies Publications

    The modern era is facing unprecedented governance challenges in striving to achieve long-term sustainability goals and to limit human impacts on the Earth system. This volume synthesizes a decade of multidisciplinary research into how diverse actors exercise authority in environmental decision making, and their capacity to deliver effective, legitimate and equitable Earth system governance. Actors from the global to the local level are considered, including governments, international organizations and corporations. Chapters cover how state and non-state actors engage with decision-making processes, the relationship between agency and structure, and the variations in governance and agency across different spheres and tiers of society. Providing an overview of the major questions, issues and debates, as well as the theories and methods used in studies of agency in earth system governance, this book provides a valuable resource for graduate students and researchers, as well as practitioners and policy makers working in environmental governance.

  • Kit Hughes


    Television at Work: Industrial Media and American Labor

    Film StudiesLabor StudiesMedia Studies Publications

    Television has never been exclusive to the home. In Television at Work, Kit Hughes explores the forgotten history of how U.S. workplaces used television to secure industrial efficiency, support corporate expansion, and manage the hearts, minds, and bodies of twentieth century workers. Challenging our longest-held understandings of the medium, Hughes positions television at the heart of a post-Fordist reconfiguration of the American workplace revolving around dehumanized technological systems. Among other things, business and industry built private television networks to distribute programming, created complex CCTV data retrieval systems, encouraged the use of videotape for worker self-evaluation, used video cassettes for training distributed workforces, and wired cantinas for employee entertainment. In uncovering industrial television as a prolific sphere of media practice, Television at Work reveals how labor arrangements and information architectures shaped by these uses of television were foundational to the rise of the digitally mediated corporation and to a globalizing economy.

  • Roze Hentschell


    St. Paul’s Cathedral Precinct in Early Modern Literature and Culture

    Rhetoric Publications

    A study of London’s cathedral, its surroundings, and its everyday users in early modern literary and historical documents and images, with special emphasis on the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.

  • Sasha Steensen


    Everything Awake

    PoetryRhetoric Publications

    Written during an extended period of insomnia, this collection is influenced by the Latin poet Catullus, known for his neoteric style. Steensen presents a series of eleven-line poems with eleven syllables per line; she calls the number both excessive and insufficient, like the space of an insomniac’s day.

  • Deborah Thompson


    Pretzel, Houdini & Olive: Essays on the Dogs of My Life

    Fiction Publications

    Told from the perspective of a self-described “crazy dog lady,” the interconnected essays trace the writer’s relations with five different dogs as she journeys through loss, grief, and healing.

  • Joon K. Kim


    Organized Labor and Civil Society for Multiculturalism: A Solidarity Success Story from South Korea

    Immigration/MigrationLabor StudiesRace/Ethnicity Publications

    Some 30 years ago, South Korea began a temporary worker program modeled after Japan, Europe and the U.S. Newly arrived migrants, framed as temporary populations, were expected to return to their countries of origin upon fulfilling their economic roles. However, many overstayed their visas to maximize their earning potential. In Organized Labor and Civil Society for Multiculturalism: A Solidarity Success Story from South Korea Joon K. Kim shows how South Korea's progressive labor unions and labor rights advocates spearheaded the labor rights struggles of new immigrant workers - a one-of-a-kind development. Such consistent advocacy efforts contributed to significant changes in broader immigration and naturalization policies, as the scope of such organizations' advocacy work quickly spread to other similarly situated populations, including marriage migrants, co-ethnic Koreans from China and Russia, North Korean defectors, and new asylum seekers. Kim demonstrates the huge contribution such work made to the sudden and widespread use of the term damunhwa (literally meaning "multi-culture";) in South Korea over the last ten years in a country that has prided itself on its homogeneity. The relatively few incidents of anti-immigrant movements in South Korea can be attributed to the role of organized labor and civil society in structuring policies and discourses through their advocacy work since the early-1990s—a success story indeed.

  • Jessica Barbata Jackson


    Dixie’s Italians: Sicilians, Race, and Citizenship in the Jim Crow South

    Immigration/MigrationRace/Ethnicity Publications

    In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, tens of thousands of Southern Italians and Sicilians immigrated to the American Gulf South. Arriving during the Jim Crow era at a time when races were being rigidly categorized, these immigrants occupied a racially ambiguous place in society: they were not considered to be of mixed race, nor were they “people of color” or “white.” In Dixie’s Italians: Sicilians, Race, and Citizenship in the Jim Crow Gulf South, Jessica Barbata Jackson shows that these Italian and Sicilian newcomers used their undefined status to become racially transient, moving among and between racial groups as both “white southerners” and “people of color” across communal and state-monitored color lines. Dixie’s Italians is the first book-¬length study of Sicilians and other Italians in the Jim Crow Gulf South. Through case studies involving lynchings, disenfranchisement efforts, attempts to segregate Sicilian schoolchildren, and turn¬-of-the¬-century miscegenation disputes, Jackson explores the racial mobility that Italians and Sicilians experienced. Depending on the location and circumstance, Italians in the Gulf South were sometimes viewed as white and sometimes not, occasionally offered access to informal citizenship and in other moments denied it. Jackson expands scholarship on the immigrant experience in the American South and explorations of the gray area within the traditionally black/white narrative. Bridging the previously disconnected fields of immigration history, southern history, and modern Italian history, this groundbreaking study shows how Sicilians and other Italians helped to both disrupt and consolidate the region’s racially binary discourse and profoundly alter the legal and ideological landscape of the Gulf South at the turn of the century.

  • Eirik Harris


    The Philosophy of Mozi – Impartial Caring in the Warring States Era

    EthicsPhilosophyPolitics Publications

    Even is this volume addresses a series of important questions regarding the philosophy of Mohism and its relationship to its chief rival, Confucianism, the question remains: Why talk about Mohism today? The easiest answer is: because it is interesting and in many ways novel. This easy answer holds true against a specific Chinese background. As Confucianism sees its revival in China, it is an opportunity to philosophically engage in finding its complements, corrections, and alternatives. Mohism is one of them. Mozi has resources to offer that go beyond the scope of Chinese philosophy. The ideal of impartial care but also the discussion of what makes a theory a “good theory” are important in the contemporary world marked, as some claim, by “echo bubbles” and “bad science.” Mozi’s justification of pacifism goes beyond the frictions created by war encompassing an analysis of actions that are hostile without being war per se. And even Mozi’s consequentialism might produce resources that at the same time strengthen the social body and take care of individuals. Why talk about Mohism today? Because it is interesting, because it is Chinese Philosophy, and because its preoccupations and answers transcend Chinese Philosophy.

  • John Calderazzo


    The Exact Weight of the Soul

    Poetry Publications

    A collection of poetry observing the subtle gestures and transcendent moments that animate our daily lives. With observations from places as far-flung as Bhutan, Italy, the Everglades of south Florida, and the writer’s home in northern Colorado.

  • Evan Elkins


    Locked Out: Regional Restrictions in Digital Entertainment Culture

    CommunicationGlobalizationMedia Studies Publications

    “This content is not available in your country.” At some point, most media consumers around the world have run into a message like this. Whether trying to watch a DVD purchased during a vacation abroad, play an imported Japanese video game, or listen to a Spotify library while traveling, we are constantly reminded of geography’s imprint on digital culture. We are locked out. Despite utopian hopes of a borderless digital society, DVDs, video games, and streaming platforms include digital rights management mechanisms that block media access within certain territories. These technologies of “regional lockout” are meant first and foremost to keep the entertainment industries’ global markets distinct. But they also frustrate consumers and place territories on a hierarchy of global media access. Drawing on extensive research of media-industry strategies, consumer and retailer practices, and media regulation, Locked Out explores regional lockout’s consequences for media around the globe. Power and capital are at play when it comes to who can consume what content and who can be a cultural influence. Looking across digital technologies, industries, and national contexts, Locked Out argues that the practice of regional lockout has shaped and reinforced global hierarchies of geography and culture.

  • Gamze Cavdar


    Women in Turkey: Silent Consensus at the Age of Neoliberalism and Islamic Conservatism

    Gender and SexualityGovernmentPolitics Publications

    This book provides a socio-economic examination of the status of women in contemporary Turkey, assessing how policies have combined elements of neoliberalism and Islamic conservatism. Using rich qualitative and quantitative analyses, Women in Turkey analyses the policies concerning women in the areas of employment, education and health and the fundamental transformation of the construction of gender since the early 2000s. Comparing this with the situation pre-2000, the authors argue that the reconstruction of gender is part of the reshaping of the state–society relations, the state–business relationship, and the cultural changes that have taken place across the country over the last two decades. Thus, the book situates the Turkish case within the broader context of international development of neoliberalism while paying close attention to its idiosyncrasies. Adopting a political economy perspective emphasizing the material sources of gender relations, this book will be useful to students and scholars of Middle Eastern politics, political Islam and Gender Studies.

  • K. Dawn Grapes


    John Dowland: A Research and Information Guide

    Music/Music History Publications

    "John Dowland: A Research and Information Guide" offers the first comprehensive guide to the musical works and literature on one of the major composers of the English Renaissance. Including a catalog of works, discography of recordings, extensive annotated bibliography of secondary sources, and substantial indexes, this volume is a major reference tool for all those interested in Dowland's works and place in music history, and a valuable resource for researchers of Renaissance and English music.

  • Dimitris Stevis


    Just Transitions: Social Justice in the Shift Towards a Low-Carbon World

    Environmentlabor justiceSocial Justice Publications

    "In the field of 'climate change', no terrain goes uncontested. The terminological tug of war between activists and corporations, scientists and governments, has seen radical notions of 'sustainability' emptied of urgency and subordinated to the interests of capital. 'Just Transition' is the latest such battleground, and the conceptual keystone of the post-COP21 climate policy world. But what does it really mean? Just Transition emerged as a framework developed within the trade union movement to encompass a range of social interventions needed to secure workers' and frontline communities' jobs and livelihoods as economies shift to sustainable production. Just Transitions draws on a range of perspectives from the global North and South to interrogate the overlaps, synergies and tensions between various understandings of the Just Transition approach. As the concept is entering the mainstream, has it lost its radical edge, and if so, can it be recovered? Written by academics and activists from around the globe, this unique edited collection is the first book entirely devoted to Just Transition.”

  • Dan Beachy-Quick


    Variations on Dawn and Dusk

    PoetryVisual arts Publications

    Acting as poetic records of light, the poems in Variations on Dawn and Dusk follow the sun as it warms, cools, colors, and shifts the space of Robert Irwin’s untitled (dawn to dusk) in the desert of Marfa, TX. Built on the footprint of the town’s old hospital, Irwin’s permanent installation is a remarkable structure with walls, windows, and screens that both capture and are taken over by the sun’s changing light. Through this deeply engaged ekphrasis, Dan Beachy-Quick uses language to participate in the overpowering elegance of Irwin’s structure. The poet’s fervent observations lead us in cycles of meditation, moving with the light that slides through the surfaces of the installation. Here, the very foundation of our vision—light—forms the vocabulary from which these poems are built. Building from Irwin’s use of rhythm and structure, the poems in this collection are constructed with an architectural framework. Rhythmic procedures inversely link the first and last words of the first and last lines of each poem and tie the number of lines to the number of syllables in the first line. These structures form a pattern, a thoughtful consistency through which we are invited to move and meditate with each variation of light.

  • Nick Marx


    Sketch Comedy: Identity, Reflexivity,and American Television

    cinemaFilm StudiesMedia Studies Publications

    In Sketch Comedy: Identity, Reflexivity, and American Television, Nick Marx examines some of the genre's most memorable―and controversial―moments from the early days of television to the contemporary line-up. Through explorations of sketches from well-known shows such as Saturday Night Live, The State, Inside Amy Schumer, Key & Peele, and more, Marx argues that the genre has served as a battleground for the struggle between comedians who are pushing the limits of what is possible on television and network executives who are more mindful of the financial bottom line. Whether creating new catchphrases or transgressing cultural taboos, sketch comedies give voice to marginalized performers and audiences, providing comedians and viewers opportunities to test their own ideas about their place in society, while simultaneously echoing mainstream cultural trends. The result, Marx suggests, is a hilarious and flexible form of identity play unlike anything else in American popular culture and media.

  • Camille Dungy


    Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood, and History

    childhood and adolescence studiesCreative NonfictionRace/Ethnicity Publications

    A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist A 2018 Colorado Book Award Finalist As a working mother and poet-lecturer, Camille Dungy’s livelihood depended on travel. She crisscrossed America and beyond with her daughter in tow, history shadowing their steps, always intensely aware of how they were perceived, not just as mother and child but as black women. From the San Francisco of settlers’ dreams to the slave-trading ports of Ghana, from snow-white Maine to a festive yet threatening bonfire in the Virginia pinewoods, Dungy finds fear and trauma but also mercy, kindness, and community. Penetrating and generous, this is an essential guide for a troubled land.

  • Camille Dungy


    Trophic Cascade

    EnvironmentPoetryRace/Ethnicity Publications

    Winner of the Colorado Book Award in Poetry (2018) In this fourth book in a series of award-winning survival narratives, Dungy writes positioned at a fulcrum, bringing a new life into the world even as her elders are passing on. In a time of massive environmental degradation, violence and abuse of power, a world in which we all must survive, these poems resonate within and beyond the scope of the human realms, delicately balancing between conflicting loci of attention. Dwelling between vibrancy and its opposite, Dungy writes in a single poem about a mother, a daughter, Smokin' Joe Frazier, brittle stars, giant boulders, and a dead blue whale. These poems are written in the face of despair to hold an impossible love and a commitment to hope.

  • Edward Barbier


    Natural Resources and Economic Development

    Community/International DevelopmentSustainability Studies Publications

    Why is natural resource exploitation not yielding greater benefits for the poor economies? In this second edition of his landmark book, Barbier explores this paradox in three parts. Part I gives a historical review of resource use and development, examining current theories that explain the under-performance of today's resource-abundant economies, and proposing a hypothesis of frontier expansion as an alternative explanation. Part II develops models to analyse the key economic factors underlying land expansion and water use in developing countries. Part III explores further the structural pattern of resource dependency, rural poverty and resource degradation within developing countries, and through illustrative country case studies, proposes policy and institutional reforms necessary for successful resource-based development. First published in 2005, each chapter in this new edition has been thoroughly revised and updated, with new material, tables, figures and supporting empirical evidence. It will appeal to graduate students and scholars researching environmental and developmental economics.

  • Madeline Harvey


    “Embodiment” premiered at Colorado State University on June 1, 2019, at Horsetooth International Film Festival on September 8, 2019, and will be screened at ScreenDance Miami in January 2020

    Dance Exhibition/Performance/Recording Projects

    The short dance film explores the psychological, emotional, and physical journey of pregnancy. Researchers Lia Closson, Zeynep Biringen, and Marjo Flykt joined the project by developing an interactive workbook for screening emotional availability during pregnancy. Harvey used the reflective prompts provided in this workbook to drive dance choreography. The choreography was created and filmed in stages over the course of nine months to music composed by SMTD student, Eric Paricio. Director of Photography, Brian Buss, along with Kate Wyman, wove together a cohesive timeline featuring Madeline, Matthew and Aliya Harvey. The film has been accepted to the Horsetooth International Film Festival, ScreenDance Miami, and will be used as a teaching tool for psychology students. Harvey hopes the film might eventually be used by medical practitioners as a resource for expectant parents. The collaborative team is continuing their research planning to test the effect of dance interventions on pregnant women.

  • Ricki Ginsberg


    Engaging with Multicultural YA Literature in the Secondary Classroom

    Gender and SexualityRace/EthnicityTeaching/Pedagogy Publications

    With a focus on fostering democratic, equitable education for young people, Ginsberg and Glenn’s engaging text showcases a wide variety of innovative, critical classroom approaches that extend beyond traditional literary theories commonly used in K-12 and higher education classrooms and provides opportunities to explore young adult (YA) texts in new and essential ways. The chapters pair YA texts with critical practices and perspectives for culturally affirming and sustaining teaching and include resources, suggested titles, and classroom strategies. Following a consistent structure, each chapter provides foundational background on a key critical approach, applies the approach to a focal YA text, and connects the approach to classroom strategies designed to encourage students to think deeply and critically about texts, themselves, and the world. Offering a wealth of innovative pedagogical tools, this comprehensive volume offers opportunities for students and their teachers to explore key and emerging topics, including culture, (dis)ability, ethnicity, gender, immigration, race, sexual orientation, and social class.

  • David Riep


    Museum Exhibition: “Women’s Work: Art and Sustainability in Contemporary Southeast Africa”

    Exhibition/Performance/Recording Projects

    "Women’s Work" explores the role of 21st century female artists in Southeast Africa as advocates of economic, social, and cultural sustainability. Against the backdrop of arts that have historically been considered women’s work, such as pottery, beadwork, and mural painting, this exhibition highlights the stories of seven artists from Kenya and South Africa and explores the role of art production in both past and present through historical examples and contemporary expressions. Organized by Dr. David Riep, associate professor of Art History, and associate curator of African Art, this exhibition takes an innovative approach to collaborative exhibitions and museum exchange by drawing upon the strengths of each partner institution’s permanent collections. Rather than shipping objects across continents, this exhibition is curated on site using local collections, while the exhibition wall text, images, and supporting materials are printed on vinyl and couriered to partnering institutions, keeping costs to a minimum. This pilot exhibition featured text panels written by partners from each host institution, which were translated in both English and isiNdebele.

  • Andrea Duffy


    Nomad’s Land: Pastoralism and French Environmental Policy in the Nineteenth-Century Mediterranean World

    EnvironmentIndigenous studiesPolitics Publications

    Nomad’s Land investigates the relationship between Mediterranean mobile pastoralism and 19th-century French forestry. By restricting the use of shared spaces, foresters helped bring the populations of Provence, Algeria, and Anatolia under the control of the state. Locals responded through petitions, arson, violence, compromise, and adaptation. Duffy shows that French efforts to promote scientific forestry were intimately tied to empire building and paralleled the solidification of Western narratives condemning the pastoral tradition, leading to sometimes tragic outcomes for both the environment and pastoralists throughout the Mediterranean world.

  • Matthew Hitt


    Inconsistency and Indecision in the United States Supreme Court

    GovernmentPolitics Publications

    The United States Supreme Court exists to resolve constitutional disputes among lower courts and the other branches of government, allowing elected officials, citizens, and businesses to act without legal uncertainty. American law and society function more effectively when the Court resolves these ambiguous questions of Constitutional law. Since lower courts must defer to its reasoning, the Court should also promulgate clear and consistent legal doctrine, giving a reason for its judgment that a majority of justices support. Yet a Court that prioritizes resolving many disputes will at times produce contradictory sets of opinions or fail to provide a rationale and legal precedent for its decision at all. In either case, it produces an unreasoned judgment. Conversely, a Court that prioritizes logically consistent doctrine will fail to resolve many underlying disputes in law and society. Inconsistency and Indecision in the United States Supreme Court demonstrates that over time, institutional changes, lobbied for by the justices, substantially reduced unreasoned judgments in the Court’s output, coinciding with a reduction in the Court’s caseload. Hence, the Supreme Court historically emphasized the first goal of dispute resolution, but evolved into a Court that prioritizes the second goal of logically consistent doctrine. As a result, the Court today fails to resolve more underlying questions in law and society in order to minimize criticism of its output from other elites. In so doing, the modern Court often fails to live up to its Constitutional obligation.

  • Daniele Tavani


    Growth and Distribution

    Community/International DevelopmentInequality Publications

    A major revision of an established textbook on the theory, measurement, and history of economic growth, with new material on climate change, corporate capitalism, and innovation. Authors Duncan Foley, Thomas Michl, and Daniele Tavani present Classical and Keynesian approaches to growth theory, in parallel with Neoclassical ones, and introduce students to advanced tools of intertemporal economic analysis through carefully developed treatments of land- and resource-limited growth. They cover corporate finance, the impact of government debt and social security systems, theories of endogenous technical change, and the implications of climate change. Without excessive formal complication, the models emphasize rigorous reasoning from basic economic principles and insights, and respond to students’ interest in the history and policy dilemmas of real-world economies. In addition to carefully worked out examples showing how to use the analytical techniques presented, Growth and Distribution presents many problems suitable for inclusion in problem sets and examinations. Detailed answers to these problems are available. This second edition includes fresh data throughout and new chapters on climate change, corporate capitalism, models of wealth inequality, and technical change.

  • Edward Barbier


    The Water Paradox: Overcoming the Global Crisis in Water Management

    EnvironmentSustainability StudiesWater Publications

    For millennia, we have perceived water as an abundant and easily accessible resource. But water shortages are fast becoming a persistent reality for all nations, rich and poor. If water is so valuable and scarce, then why is it so poorly managed? Edward Barbier argues that the current water crisis is as much a failure of water management as it is a result of scarcity. Outdated governance structures and institutions, combined with continual under-pricing, have perpetuated the overuse and undervaluation of water and have disincentivized much-needed technological innovation. Barbier draws on evidence from across the globe to develop a comprehensive and convincing account of the causes, solutions and potential consequences of the impending water crisis. Only through developing efficient, fair and sustainable institutions, incentives and innovations can we adequately manage water in a world of growing water scarcity. As optimistic as it is cautionary, The Water Paradox outlines the necessary policy and management steps for averting this crisis.

  • Elizabeth S. Parks


    The Ethics of Listening: Creating Space for Sustainable Dialogue

    CommunicationsEthicsRace/Ethnicity Publications

    There are ways of being in the world that create a flourishing life and other ways that restrict that life, both for ourselves and others. Listening is one of these ways of being. Listening gives shape to speaking, inviting other people into a dialogue that impacts our everyday lives. Our acts of listening, like all communication, are shaped by our cultural and individual differences. Unfortunately, as people consider ways to ethically listen, they often abide by a set of conversational rules that do not reflect or benefit their own or others’ unique contexts and communities. In this book, Parks responds to gaps in scholarship related to listening in communication research and difference in ethics scholarship. Rather than imposing a rigid ethical norm that is unresponsive to diverse cultural practices, her proposed listening ethic is one that is highly contextualized and pluralistic and yet dares to make normative claims. Using discourse research methods that are both qualitative and quantitative, Parks goes beyond describing what listening is in a given context to what ethical listening should be. Empirical findings about listening from multiple communities that represent diverse ethnic, gender, and disability orientations are interwoven with insights from communication ethics to develop the first-ever dialogic ethics of listening that is empirically-based, culturally-grounded, and normative. Ten shared values emerge as guidelines for good listening in this ethic: be open, cultivate understanding, practice authenticity, engage in critical thinking, invest in relationship, care for the dialogue, focus on what matters, be intentionally present, remember the ongoing story, and be responsive to need. These values, while shared across cultures, may be expressed in diverse and sometimes conflicting communicative practices. Ultimately, Parks proposes that ethical listening is best conceptualized as pursuit of sustainable hospitality in our dialogic interactions within and across difference. By understanding the ways that different people share listening values yet practice them differently, we can learn to trust each other and attest to the hope that ethical dialogue is possible.

  • Andrew Knight


    Music therapy: An introduction to the profession

    Music Therapy Publications

    Music Therapy: An Introduction to the Profession is a textbook designed to help future music therapists look forward into the many avenues that are possible in their careers. The first section of the book looks at several aspects of the profession, including the history and profession of music therapy, clinical research, a neuroscience understanding of music for clinicians, and how to develop the musical skills needed to successfully engage with a variety of clientele. The second part of the book explores populations, diagnoses, and special needs that music therapists might encounter. The editors have put together an internationally-renowned group of authors with decades of experiences working and researching with these populations, many of whom are published authors of journal articles and books in their own right. Additionally, the book has a companion website at www.introtomusictherapy.com that provides a wealth of supplementary material including links, podcasts, pdfs, and videos from the authors of each chapter. Students and instructors are encouraged to use this resource to learn more about the profession in different ways. The website will also keep up-to-date as new research and resources are published as the profession of music therapy is also continuously evolving.

  • Nick Marx


    The Comedy Studies Reader

    Film StudiesMedia StudiesRace/Ethnicity Publications

    From classical Hollywood film comedies to sitcoms, recent political satire, and the developing world of online comedy culture, comedy has been a mainstay of the American media landscape for decades. Recognizing that scholars and students need an authoritative collection of comedy studies that gathers both foundational and cutting-edge work, Nick Marx and Matt Sienkiewicz have assembled The Comedy Studies Reader. This anthology brings together classic articles, more recent works, and original essays that consider a variety of themes and approaches for studying comedic media—the carnivalesque, comedy mechanics and absurdity, psychoanalysis, irony, genre, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and nation and globalization. The authors range from iconic theorists, such as Mikhail Bakhtin, Sigmund Freud, and Linda Hutcheon, to the leading senior and emerging scholars of today. As a whole, the volume traces two parallel trends in the evolution of the field—first, comedy’s development into myriad subgenres, formats, and discourses, a tendency that has led many popular commentators to characterize the present as a “comedy zeitgeist”; and second, comedy studies’ new focus on the ways in which comedy increasingly circulates in “serious” discursive realms, including politics, economics, race, gender, and cultural power.

  • Susan Opp


    Performance Measurement in Local Sustainability Policy

    Sustainability StudiesUrban Studies Publications

    Local officials are responsible for a number of important tasks that have a significant impact on the quality of life of most Americans. Arguably, the policy choices made by local governments in the United States more directly impact individual well-being than do the choices made at any other level of government. From zoning decisions to the creation of parks and the maintenance of sidewalks and trails, local governments are largely responsible for direct services to the public and can provide the necessary tools and skills to create an attractive and vibrant community. And yet one area of significant importance for both individuals and for the country as a whole, local sustainability, is a relatively new policy area for many American municipalities. For example, how many local governments are adopting sustainability policies and plans? How are those initiatives performing? Without an honest and robust examination of both the effectiveness and the efficiency of local sustainability policies, the success of the entire sustainability movement in the United States is uncertain. This book provides readers with a comprehensive understanding of what constitutes local sustainability and why it matters.

  • Joshua Sbicca


    Food Justice Now!: Deepening the Roots of Social Struggle

    Food and AgricultureSocial JusticeSocial Movements Publications

    The United States is a nation of foodies and food activists, many of them progressives, and yet their overwhelming concern for what they consume often hinders their engagement with social justice more broadly. Food Justice Now! charts a path from food activism to social justice activism that integrates the two. It calls on the food-focused to broaden and deepen their commitment to the struggle against structural inequalities both within and beyond the food system. In an engrossing, historically grounded, and ethnographically rich narrative, Joshua Sbicca argues that food justice is more than just a myopic focus on food, allowing scholars and activists alike to investigate the causes behind inequities and evaluate and implement political strategies to overcome them. Focusing on carceral, labor, and immigration crises, Sbicca tells the stories of three California-based food movement organizations, showing that when activists use food to confront neoliberal capitalism and institutional racism, they can creatively expand how to practice and achieve food justice. Sbicca sets his central argument in opposition to apolitical and individual solutions, discussing national food movement campaigns and the need for economically and racially just food policies—a matter of vital public concern with deep implications for building collective power across a diversity of interests.

  • Pete Taylor


    Water Crises and Governance: Reinventing Collaborative Institutions in an Era of Uncertainty

    EnvironmentSustainability StudiesWater Publications

    Water Crises and Governance critically examines the relationship between water crises and governance in the face of challenges to provide water for growing human demand and environmental needs. Water crises threaten the assumptions and accepted management practices of water users, managers and policymakers. In developed and developing world contexts from North America and Australasia, to Latin America, Africa and China, existing institutions and governance arrangements have unintentionally provoked water crises while shaping diverse, often innovative responses to management dilemmas. This volume brings together original field-based studies by social scientists investigating water crises and their implications for governance.

  • Matthew Cooperman & Aby Kaupang


    NOS (disorder, not otherwise specified)

    Disability StudiesMarriage and Family StudiesPoetry Publications

    "In their compelling and moving collaboration, Aby Kaupang and Matthew Cooperman chronicle the challenges and occasional triumphs of raising a child with autism. The three letters of the book’s title, NOS, embody the reduction—the negation—of individuals and bodies to medical and psychoanalytic acronyms. The poets realize, however, that the designation of autism to describe their daughter is only a placeholder for a disorder “Not Otherwise Specified,” one which impels them into the vagaries of evaluation, diagnosis, and intervention. Nor does the designation describe the affective challenges of dealing with behavioral anomalies, silences, screaming fits, sleeplessness and trauma. At its core, the work celebrates a child’s life, however difficult, in passages that testify to the family’s resilience. Its rich formal complexity combines lyrical testimony with documentary objectivity. NOS is a vital contribution to disability poetics but also to a critical poetics of embodiment. It is a remarkable book." —Michael Davidson

  • Johnny Plastini


    Exegesis of Transmissions from the Astral Plan at “6th Biennial FOOTPRINT” Center for Contemporary Printmaking

    Printmaking Exhibition/Performance/Recording Projects

    The FOOTPRINT biennial at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking is one of the most competitive international juried exhibitions in the world, specific to printmaking. Submitting artists are required to produce work at a scale of 12" x 12" utilizing any hand-pulled printmaking process. Johnny Plastini's work "Exegesis of Transmissions from the Astral Plan" employs a viscosity intaglio etching process from reclaimed zinc printed on handmade paper. Juror Susan Tallman selected Johnny's print for an Honorable Mention Juror's Award. Only 4 awards were presented out of 83 exhibiting artists representing 18 countries.

  • K. Dawn Grapes


    With Mornefull Musique: Funeral Elegies in Early Modern England

    Music/Music History Publications

    This book looks at the musical culture of death in early modern England. In particular, it examines musical funeral elegies and the people related to commemorative tribute - the departed, the composer, potential patrons, and friends and family of the deceased - to determine the place these musical-poetic texts held in a society in which issues of death were discussed regularly, producing a constant, pervasive shadow over everyday life. The composition of these songs reached a peak at the end of the sixteenth and the beginning of the seventeenth centuries. Thomas Weelkes and Thomas Morley both composed musical elegies, as did William Byrd, Thomas Campion, John Coprario, and many others. Like the literary genre from which these musical gems emerged, there was wide variety in form, style, length, and vocabulary used. Embedded within them are clear messages regarding the social expectations, patronage traditions, and class hierarchy of late Elizabethan and early Jacobean England. En masse, they offer a glimpse into the complex relationship that existed between those who died, those who grieved, and attitudes toward both death and life.

  • Michael Carolan


    The Real Cost of Cheap Food, Second Edition

    Food and AgricultureHealthSustainability Studies Publications

    This thought-provoking but accessible book critically examines the dominant food regime on its own terms, by seriously asking whether we can afford cheap food and by exploring what exactly cheap food affords us. Detailing the numerous ways that our understanding of food has narrowed, such as its price per ounce, combination of nutrients, yield per acre, or calories, the book argues for a more contextual view of food when debating its affordability. The first edition, published in 2011, was widely praised for its innovative approach and readability. In this new edition, the author brings all data and citations fully up to date. Increased coverage is given to many topics including climate change, aquaculture, financialization, BRICS countries, food-based social movements, gender, and ethnic issues, critical public health, and land succession. There is also greater discussion about successful cases of social change throughout all chapters, by including new text boxes that emphasize these more positive messages. The author shows why today's global food system produces just the opposite of what it promises. The food produced under this regime is in fact exceedingly expensive. Many of these costs will be paid for in other ways or by future generations and cheap food today may mean expensive food tomorrow. By systematically assessing these costs the book delves into issues related, but not limited, to international development, national security, healthcare, industrial meat production, organic farming, corporate responsibility, government subsidies, food aid, and global commodity markets. It is shown that exploding the myth of cheap food requires we have at our disposal a host of practices and policies.

  • Emily Moore


    Proud Raven, Panting Wolf: Carving Alaska’s New Deal Totem Parks

    Indigenous studiesVisual arts Publications

    Among Southeast Alaska's best-known tourist attractions are its totem parks, showcases for monumental wood sculptures by Tlingit and Haida artists. Although the art form is centuries old, the parks date back only to the waning years of the Great Depression, when the US government reversed its policy of suppressing Native practices and began to pay Tlingit and Haida communities to restore older totem poles and move them from ancestral villages into parks designed for tourists. Dramatically altering the patronage and display of historic Tlingit and Haida crests, this New Deal restoration project had two key aims: to provide economic aid to Native people during the Depression and to recast their traditional art as part of America's heritage. Less evident is why Haida and Tlingit people agreed to lend their crest monuments to tourist attractions at a time when they were battling the US Forest Service for control of their traditional lands and resources. Drawing on interviews and government records, as well as the totem poles themselves, Emily Moore shows how Tlingit and Haida leaders were able to channel the New Deal promotion of Native art as national art into an assertion of their cultural and political rights. Just as they had for centuries, the poles affirmed the ancestral ties of Haida and Tlingit lineages to their lands.

  • Karrin Anderson


    Women Feminism and Pop Politics: From “Bitch” to “Badass” and Beyond

    Gender and SexualityPoliticsRhetoric Publications

    Women, Feminism, and Pop Politics: From "Bitch" to "Badass" and Beyond examines the negotiation of feminist politics and gendered political leadership in twenty-first century U.S. popular culture. In a wide-ranging survey of texts―which includes memes and digital discourses, embodied feminist performances, parody and infotainment, and televisual comedy and drama―contributing authors assess the ways in which popular culture discourses both reveal and reshape citizens’ understanding of feminist politics and female political figures. Two archetypes of female identity figure prominently in its analysis. "Bitch" is a frame that reflects the twentieth-century anxiety about powerful women as threatening and unfeminine, trapping political women within the double bind between femininity and competence. "Badass" recognizes women’s capacity to lead but does so in a way that deflects attention away from the persistence of sexist stereotyping and cultural misogyny. Additionally, as depictions of political women become increasingly complex and varied, fictional characters and actual women are beginning to move beyond the bitch and badass frames, fashioning collaborative and comic modes of leadership suited to the new global milieu. This book will be of interest to students and scholars interested in communication, U.S. political culture, gender and leadership, and women in media.

  • Courtney Hershey Bress


    For Love of the Harp

    Music/Music History Publications

    Part I: Advice to the young musician with stories about Prof. Bress' career playing the harp. Part II: A guide to composing/arranging for the harp with examples of what to write and what not to write and why.

  • Bruce Ronda


    The Fate of Transcendentalism. Secularity, Materiality, and Human Flourishing

    Environmental PhilosophyMethodsSocial Movements Publications

    What connected the writers, thinkers, and social reformers who belonged to the American transcendentalist movement of the 1830s-50s? Despite their use of religious language, the answer is a thoroughly secular world view. For most of these figures, human flourishing was the goal of all human culture. A similar goal pervades their twentieth and twenty-first century heirs. For a few transcendentalists like Thoreau, however, even human flourishing was not enough. For him and for his followers like Annie Dillard, transcendental "flourishing" must include the entire cosmos, the more-than human, material world.

  • Michael Carolan


    No One Eats Alone: Food as a Social Enterprise

    Community/International DevelopmentFood and AgricultureHealth Publications

    In today’s fast-paced, fast food world, everyone seems to be eating alone, all the time—whether it’s at their desks or in the car. Even those who find time for a family meal are cut off from the people who grew, harvested, distributed, marketed, and sold the foods on their table. Few ever break bread with anyone outside their own socioeconomic group. So why does Michael Carolan say that that no one eats alone? Because all of us are affected by the other people in our vast foodscape. We can no longer afford to ignore these human connections as we struggle with dire problems like hunger, obesity, toxic pesticides, antibiotic resistance, depressed rural economies, and low-wage labor. Carolan argues that building community is the key to healthy, equitable, and sustainable food. While researching No One Eats Alone, he interviewed more than 250 individuals, from flavorists to Fortune 500 executives, politicians to feedlot managers, low-income families to crop scientists, who play a role in the life of food. Advertising consultants told him of efforts to distance eaters and producers—most food firms don’t want their customers thinking about farm laborers or the people living downstream of processing plants. But he also found stories of people getting together to change their relationship to food and to each other. There are community farms where suburban moms and immigrant families work side by side, reducing social distance as much as food miles. There are entrepreneurs with little capital or credit who are setting up online exchanges to share kitchen space, upending conventional notions of the economy of scale. There are parents and school board members who are working together to improve cafeteria food rather than relying on soda taxes to combat childhood obesity. Carolan contends that real change only happens when we start acting like citizens first and consumers second. No One Eats Alone is a book about becoming better food citizens.

  • Lee Anne Peck


    Media Ethics at Work: True Stories from Young Professionals

    EthicsMedia Studies Publications

    Second Edition! This book was created for used in Media Ethics courses but also as a supplement in other journalism courses. It engages students with true stories of young professionals working in today's multimedia news and strategic communications organizations, helping readers create meaningful connections with real-world applications. By creating a personalized experience for students beginning their first media job or internship, this book helps readers develop their own ethical standards and apply them in the workplace.

  • Dan Beachy-Quick


    Of Silence and Song

    Creative NonfictionPoetry Publications

    From the back of the book: Midway through the journey of his life, Dan Beachy-Quick found himself without a path, unsure how to live well. Of Silence and Song follows him on his resulting classical search for meaning in the world and in his particular, quiet life. In essays, fragments, marginalia, images, travel writing, and poetry, Beachy-Quick traces his relationships and identities. As father and husband. As teacher and student. As citizen and scholar. And as poet and reader, wondering at the potential and limits of literature. Of Silence and Song finds its inferno―and its paradise―in moments both historically vast and nakedly intimate. Hell: disappearing bees, James Eagan Holmes, Columbine, and the persistent, unforgivable crime of slavery. And redemption: in the art of Marcel Duchamp, the pressed flowers in Emily Dickinson’s Bible, and long walks with his youngest daughter. Curious, earnest, and masterful, Of Silence and Song is an unforgettable exploration of the human soul.

  • David Riep


    Symbols of Self: Art and Identity in Southern Africa

    Museum StudiesRace/EthnicityVisual arts Publications

    The use of the visual arts as an expression of identity is not a new concept. Archaeologists, anthropologists, and art historians have long established the notion that material culture can express group identity through repeated codes of cultural symbols that form unique styles. Such styles can be recognized by cultural “outsiders,” and help contribute to local constructions of identity by communicating social messages to people within the group and are active symbols that form part of the alliances and conflicts that constitute societies. While the notion of “culture” has historically been applied in order to control and oppress indigenous populations throughout southern Africa, this text, and the accompanying exhibition, offers an alternate reading driven by the visual arts, which assert notions of identity, affiliation, and membership. By examining the unique application of formal elements from the arts across the region, it becomes evident that the indigenous peoples of southern Africa have linked artistic style with cultural affiliation, asserting a sense of membership and belonging in a socially and culturally diverse region.

  • Sasha Steensen



    Poetry Publications

    Gatherest defiantly attests to intimacy and our binding humanness amidst an alienating present. In three elegant poems, brushes with contemporary violence are met with meditations on kinship and communication alongside coursing reflections on the elemental foundations that borne and ground our existence. “Daughter,” she addresses, “people are not bad / not evil / people want to be like water / and go where currents send them.” Both candid and hopeful, Steensen stares down modern anxieties, embraces vulnerability and presents empathy as an antidote to pervasive chaos.

  • Todd Mitchell


    The Last Panther

    Animal RightsEnvironmentFiction Publications

    A 2018 Colorado Book Award Winner, CAL Book Award Winner, and Green Earth Honor Book Award Winner! When eleven-year-old Kiri helps her scientist father capture the last known wild panther, her life in her Florida swamp becomes threatened by poachers, and she must embark on a dangerous journey to save both the panther and herself. Giant sea turtles, climate refugees, and mystical encounters with the Shadow that Hunts populate this fast-paced, heart-pounding tale. (For ages 9 & up.) "A powerful tale." —KIRKUS "Told in vivid, heartbreaking detail and filled with strong, developed characters ...tackles an important theme in a compelling way." —BOOKLIST "Difficult to put down. An important addition on a timely subject." —SLJ "Earnest, heartfelt, and passionate, this book will likely inspire new environmentalists." —Bulletin

  • Leif Sorensen


    Ethnic Modernism and the Making of US Literary Multiculturalism

    FictionRace/Ethnicity Publications

    Ethnic Modernism and the Making of U.S. Multiculturalism offers a new history of the emergence of multiethnic literature in the United States in which ethnic literary modernists of the 1930s play a crucial role. Focusing on the remarkable careers of four ethnic fiction writers of the 1930s (Younghill Kang, D’Arcy McNickle, Zora Neale Hurston, and Américo Paredes) Sorensen presents a new view of the history of multicultural literature in the U.S. The first part of the book situates these authors within the modernist era to provide an alternative, multicultural vision of American modernism. The second part examines the complex reception histories of these authors’ works, showing how they have been claimed or rejected as ancestors for contemporary multiethnic writing. Combining the approaches of the new modernist studies and ethnic studies, the book presents a new model of twentieth century American literary history.

  • David McIvor


    Mourning in America: Race and the Politics of Loss

    PoliticsRace/EthnicitySocial Movements Publications

    Recent years have brought public mourning to the heart of American politics, as exemplified by the spread and power of the Black Lives Matter movement, which has gained force through its identification of pervasive social injustices with individual losses. The deaths of Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, and so many others have brought private grief into the public sphere. The rhetoric and iconography of mourning has been noteworthy in Black Lives Matter protests, but David W. McIvor believes that we have paid too little attention to the nature of social mourning—its relationship to private grief, its practices, and its pathologies and democratic possibilities.In Mourning in America, McIvor addresses significant and urgent questions about how citizens can mourn traumatic events and enduring injustices in their communities. McIvor offers a framework for analyzing the politics of mourning, drawing from psychoanalysis, Greek tragedy, and scholarly discourses on truth and reconciliation. Mourning in America connects these literatures to ongoing activism surrounding racial injustice, and it contextualizes Black Lives Matter in the broader politics of grief and recognition. McIvor also examines recent, grassroots-organized truth and reconciliation processes such as the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission (2004–2006), which provided a public examination of the Greensboro Massacre of 1979—a deadly incident involving local members of the Communist Workers Party and the Ku Klux Klan.

  • Zachary Hutchins

    PoetryPoliticsRace/Ethnicity Publications

    “The volume ably demonstrates that the new “American” nationality was, to a large degree, fictitious, as it excluded women, non-Europeans and members of the lower classes.”—H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Review An important reconsideration of the Stamp Act as prelude to the American Revolution The first book-length study of the Stamp Act in decades, this timely collection draws together essays from a broad range of disciplines to provide a thoroughly original investigation of the influence of 1760s British tax legislation on colonial culture, and vice versa. While earlier scholarship has largely focused on the political origins and legacy of the Stamp Act, this volume illuminates the social and cultural impact of a legislative crisis that would end in revolution. Importantly, these essays question the traditional nationalist narrative of Stamp Act scholarship, offering a variety of counter identities and perspectives. Community without Consent recovers the stories of individuals often ignored or overlooked in existing scholarship, including women, Native Americans, and enslaved African Americans, by drawing on sources unavailable to or unexamined by earlier researchers.

  • Thomas Dunn


    Queerly Remembered: Rhetorics for Representing the GLBTQ Past

    CommunicationsGender and SexualityRhetoric Publications

    Recognized as the 2018 Book of the Year by the National Communication Association (NCA) GLBT Communication Studies Division, Queerly Remembered investigates the ways in which gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer (GLBTQ) individuals and communities have increasingly turned to public tellings of their ostensibly shared pasts in order to advocate for political, social, and cultural change in the present. Much like nations, institutions, and other minority groups before them, GLBTQ people have found communicating their past(s)—particularly as expressed through the concept of memory—a rich resource for leveraging historical and contemporary opinions toward their cause. Drawing from the interdisciplinary fields of rhetorical studies, memory studies, gay and lesbian studies, and queer theory, Thomas R. Dunn considers both the ephemeral tactics and monumental strategies that GLBTQ communities have used to effect their queer persuasion. More broadly this volume addresses the challenges and opportunities posed by embracing historical representations of GLBTQ individuals and communities as a political strategy. Particularly for a diverse community whose past is marked by the traumas of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, the forgetting and destruction of GLBTQ history, and the sometimes-divisive representational politics of fluid, intersectional identities, portraying a shared past is an exercise fraught with conflict despite its potential rewards. Nonetheless, by investigating rich rhetorical case studies through time and across diverse artifacts—including monuments, memorials, statues, media publications, gravestones, and textbooks—Queerly Remembered reveals that our current queer "turn toward memory" is a complex, enduring, and avowedly rich rhetorical undertaking.

  • Joanna Doxey


    Plainspeak, WY

    EnvironmentPoetry Publications

    Residing in the brutally harsh winters of the Wyoming landscape, Plainspeak, WY is a rumination on self as wilderness. A book of juxtapositions, Doxey leans on the glacial with its inherited dirges and ostensible timelessness, contrasting stoic rock with lamenting body. Ultimately, it is a book of recollection, of broken hearts, and slowly changing landscapes.

  • Bernard Rollin


    A New Basis for Animal Ethics: Telos and Common Sense

    Animal RightsPhilosophy Publications

    This book, by the author of the second work to appear on animal ethics in the US, amplifies and deepens the basic concepts in the first book. The author shows how animal ethics follows logically from the concept of Telos (animal psychological and physical nature), common sense, and societal ethics for humans.

  • Ann Little


    The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright

    EnvironmentGender and SexualityRace/Ethnicity Publications

    Esther Wheelwright (1696-1780) embodies the imperial conquest of North America like no other eighteenth-century figure: born and raised to age seven in a New England garrison town, she was taken in wartime by the Wabanaki in 1703 and taught to pray as a Catholic and to live like a native girl. At age twelve, she was enrolled in the Ursuline convent school as a student, where she would remain for the rest of her life as a choir nun, eventually becoming the first and only foreign-born Mother Superior of the order. Hers was an utterly exceptional life, not just because she lived in all three major North American cultures in the colonial northeast. Her progress from Puritan girlhood to Wabanaki Catholicism and survivor of wartime trauma to become the head of a very status-conscious Catholic women’s community is exceptional and inspirational. But because she ended up on the losing French side of the Seven Years’ War, her story has largely been forgotten by English-speaking U.S. Americans and Canadians. Combining the insights of ethnohistory, environmental history, and material culture, Ann Little follows Esther Wheelwright on her many border-crossings. Through Esther’s life, she reveals the hidden histories of the different communities of New England, Wabanaki, and French Canadian women. Their labor and prayers tell a story of the volatile northeastern borderlands like no other.

  • Kelly Bradbury

    RhetoricTeaching/Pedagogy Publications

    The image of the lazy, media-obsessed American, preoccupied with vanity and consumerism, permeates popular culture and fuels critiques of American education. In Reimagining Popular Notions of American Intellectualism, Kelly Susan Bradbury challenges this image by examining and reimagining widespread conceptions of intellectualism that assume intellectual activity is situated solely in elite institutions of higher education. Bradbury begins by tracing the origins and evolution of the narrow views of intellectualism that are common in the United States today. Then, applying a more inclusive and egalitarian definition of intellectualism, she examines the literacy and learning practices of three nonelite sites of adult public education in the United States: the nineteenth-century lyceum, a twentieth-century labor college, and a twenty-first-century GED writing workshop. Bradbury argues that together these three case studies teach us much about literacy, learning, and intellectualism in the United States over time and place. She concludes the book with a reflection on her own efforts to aid students in recognizing and resisting the rhetoric of anti-intellectualism that surrounds them and that influences their attitudes and actions. Drawing on case studies as well as Bradbury’s own experiences with students, Reimagining Popular Notions of American Intellectualism demonstrates that Americans have engaged and do engage in the process and exercise of intellectual inquiry, contrary to what many people believe. Addressing a topic often overlooked by rhetoric, composition, and literacy studies scholars, it offers methods for helping students reimagine what it means to be intellectual in the twenty-first century.

  • Matthew Cooperman



    Poetry Publications

    "Spool's a year 'written in threes'—its three word lines forming narrow columns or perhaps threads. 'Thread' is a word Cooperman explicitly associates with the lyric here and it is also Ariadne's thread of rescue or at least return though, at times, 'the tape is/broken now so / sick and sick.' To change up the metaphor, as this poem does, Spool is a hive of words continuously active and also continuously threatened with a sort of colony collapse. Written in conversation with past greats such as Shakespeare, Milton, Hopkins, Spool is a way of inhabiting our present."—RAE ARMANTROUT http://sugarhousereviews.blogspot.com

  • Laura Raynolds


    Handbook of Research on Fair Trade

    Community/International DevelopmentFood and AgricultureSocial Justice Publications

    Fair trade critiques the historical inequalities inherent in international trade and seeks to promote social justice by creating alternative networks linking marginalized producers typically in the global South with progressive consumers typically in the global North. This unique and wide-ranging Handbook analyses key topics in fair trade, illuminating major theoretical and empirical issues, assessing existing research, evaluating central debates and identifying critical unanswered questions. The Handbook of Research on Fair Trade edited by Laura Raynolds, CSU Sociology Professor and Director of the Center for Fair & Alternative Trade (CFAT), and Elizabeth Bennett, CFAT Associate, provides a synthetic overview and guide to cutting edge research, theory, and debates. The first of its kind, this volume brings together 43 of the world’s foremost fair trade scholars from across the social sciences and around the world. The Handbook serves as both a comprehensive overview and in-depth guide to dominant perspectives and concerns. Chapters analyze the rapidly growing fair trade movement and market, exploring diverse initiatives and organizations, production and consumption regions, and food and cultural products. Written for those new to fair trade as well as those well versed in this domain, the Handbook is an invaluable resource for scholars and practitioners interested in global regulation, multi-stakeholder initiatives, social and environmental certification, ethical labeling, consumer activism and international development.

  • Leisl Carr Childers


    The Size of the Risk: Histories of Multiple Use in the Great Basin

    EnvironmentGovernment Publications

    The Great Basin, a stark and beautiful desert filled with sagebrush seas and mountain ranges, is ground zero for public lands conflicts. Arising out of the multiple, often incompatible uses created throughout the twentieth century, these struggles reveal the tension inherent within the multiple use concept, a management philosophy that promises equitable access to the region’s resources and economic gain to those who live there. Multiple use was originally conceived as a way to legitimize the historical use of public lands for grazing without precluding future uses, such as outdoor recreation, weapons development, and wildlife management. It was applied to the Great Basin to bring the region, once seen as worthless, into the national economic fold. Land managers, ranchers, mining interests, wilderness and wildlife advocates, outdoor recreationists, and even the military adopted this ideology to accommodate, promote, and sanction a multitude of activities on public lands, particularly those overseen by the Bureau of Land Management. Some of these uses are locally driven and others are nationally mandated, but all have exacted a cost from the region’s human and natural environment. In The Size of the Risk, Leisl Carr Childers shows how different constituencies worked to fill the presumed “empty space” of the Great Basin with a variety of land-use regimes that overlapped, conflicted, and ultimately harmed the environment and the people who depended on the region for their livelihoods. She looks at the conflicts that arose from the intersection of an ever-increasing number of activities, such as nuclear testing and wild horse preservation, and how Great Basin residents have navigated these conflicts. Carr Childers’s study of multiple use in the Great Basin highlights the complex interplay between the state, society, and the environment, allowing us to better understand the ongoing reality of living in the American West. In 2016, the Size of the Risk won the Wester Writers of America Spur Award for Contemporary Nonfiction.

  • Stephanie Malin


    Stephanie Malin

    EnergyEnvironmentSocial Justice Publications

    Rising fossil fuel prices and concerns about greenhouse gas emissions are fostering a nuclear power renaissance and a revitalized uranium mining industry across the American West. In The Price of Nuclear Power, environmental sociologist Stephanie Malin offers an on-the-ground portrait of several uranium communities caught between the harmful legacy of previous mining booms and the potential promise of new economic development. Using this context, she examines how shifting notions of environmental justice inspire divergent views about nuclear power’s sustainability and equally divisive forms of social activism. Drawing on extensive fieldwork conducted in rural isolated towns such as Monticello, Utah, and Nucla and Naturita, Colorado, as well as in upscale communities like Telluride, Colorado, and incorporating interviews with community leaders, environmental activists, radiation regulators, and mining executives, Malin uncovers a fundamental paradox of the nuclear renaissance: the communities most hurt by uranium’s legacy—such as high rates of cancers, respiratory ailments, and reproductive disorders—were actually quick to support industry renewal. She shows that many impoverished communities support mining not only because of the employment opportunities, but also out of a personal identification with uranium, a sense of patriotism, and new notions of environmentalism. But other communities, such as Telluride, have become sites of resistance, skeptical of industry and government promises of safe mining, fearing that regulatory enforcement won’t be strong enough. Indeed, Malin shows that the nuclear renaissance has exacerbated social divisions across the Colorado Plateau, threatening social cohesion. Malin further illustrates ways in which renewed uranium production is not a socially sustainable form of energy development for rural communities, as it is utterly dependent on unstable global markets. The Price of Nuclear Power is an insightful portrait of the local impact of the nuclear renaissance and the social and environmental tensions inherent in the rebirth of uranium mining.

  • Greg Dickinson


    Suburban Dreams: Imagining and Building the Good Life

    CommunicationsRhetoricUrban Studies Publications

    Starting with the premise that suburban films, residential neighborhoods, chain restaurants, malls, and megachurches are compelling forms (topos) that shape and materialize the everyday lives of residents and visitors, Greg Dickinson’s Suburban Dreams offers a rhetorically attuned critical analysis of contemporary American suburbs and the “good life” their residents pursue. Dickinson’s analysis suggests that the good life is rooted in memory and locality, both of which are foundations for creating a sense of safety central to the success of suburbs. His argument is situated first in a discussion of the intersections among buildings, cities, and the good life and the challenges to these relationships wrought by the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The argument then turns to rich, fully-embodied analyses of suburban films and a series of archetypal suburban landscapes to explore how memory, locality, and safety interact in constructing the suburban imaginary. Moving from the pastoralism of residential neighborhoods and chain restaurants like Olive Garden and Macaroni Grill, through the megachurch’s veneration of suburban malls to the mixed-use lifestyle center’s nostalgic invocation of urban downtowns, Dickinson complicates traditional understandings of the ways suburbs situate residents and visitors in time and place. The analysis suggests that the suburban good life is devoted to family. Framed by the discourses of consumer culture, the suburbs often privilege walls and roots to an expansive vision of worldliness. At the same time, developments such as farmers markets suggest a continued striving by suburbanites to form relationships in a richer, more organic fashion. Dickinson’s work eschews casually dismissive attitudes toward the suburbs and the pursuit of the good life. Rather, he succeeds in showing how by identifying the positive rhetorical resources the suburbs supply, it is in fact possible to engage with the suburbs intentionally, thoughtfully, and rigorously. Beyond an analysis of the suburban imaginary, Suburban Dreams demonstrates how a critical engagement with everyday places can enrich daily life. The book provides much of interest to students and scholars of rhetoric, communication studies, public memory, American studies, architecture, and urban planning.

  • Edward Barbier


    Nature and Wealth: Overcoming Environmental Scarcity and Inequality

    EnvironmentInequalitySustainability Studies Publications

    The world economy today is facing two major threats: increasing environmental degradation and a growing gap between rich and poor. Drawing on historical and contemporary evidence, this book argues that these two threats are symptomatic of a growing structural imbalance in all economies - how nature is exploited to create wealth. The root of this imbalance is that natural capital is under-priced, and hence overly exploited, whereas human capital is insufficient to meet demand, thus encouraging inequality. By adopting a Balanced Wealth Strategy we can overcome the structural imbalance between nature and wealth that is inhibiting innovation, growth and prosperity.

  • Sue Doe & Lisa Langstraat


    Generation Vet: Composition, Student-Veterans, and the Post-9/11

    GovernmentRhetoricTeaching/Pedagogy Publications

    Institutions of higher education are experiencing the largest influx of enrolled veterans since WWII, and these student-veterans are transforming post-secondary classroom dynamics. While many campus divisions, such as admissions and student services, are actively moving to accommodate the rise in this demographic, little research about the population's educational needs is available, and academic department have been slow to adjust. In Generation Vet, fifteen chapters offer curricular and programmatic response to student veterans for English and writing studies departments. These chapters suggest that in work with veterans in writing-intensive courses and in community contexts, questions of citizenship, disability, activism, community-campus relationships, and retention come to the fore. It becomes clear that with this veteran influx, college classrooms offer renewed sites of significant cultural exchange as veterans bring military values, rhetorical traditions, and communication styles to classrooms, often challenging the values, beliefs, and assumptions of traditional college students and faculty. This praxis-oriented text addresses a wide range of issues concerning veterans, pedagogy, rhetoric, and academic program administration. Written by diverse scholar-teachers and in diverse genres, the essays in this collection promise to enhance our understanding of student-veterans, composition pedagogy, college classrooms, and the post-9/11 university.

  • Matthew Hitt


    Time Series Analysis for the Social Sciences

    MethodsPolitics Publications

    Time-series, or longitudinal, data are ubiquitous in the social sciences. Unfortunately, analysts often treat the time-series properties of their data as a nuisance rather than a substantively meaningful dynamic process to be modeled and interpreted. Time-Series Analysis for Social Sciences provides accessible, up-to-date instruction and examples of the core methods in time-series econometrics. Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier, John R. Freeman, Jon C. Pevehouse, and Matthew P. Hitt cover a wide range of topics including ARIMA models, time-series regression, unit-root diagnosis, vector autoregressive models, error-correction models, intervention models, fractional integration, ARCH models, structural breaks, and forecasting. This book is aimed at researchers and graduate students who have taken at least one course in multivariate regression. Examples are drawn from several areas of social science, including political behavior, elections, international conflict, criminology, and comparative political economy.

  • Karrin Anderson


    Woman President: Confronting Postfeminist Political Culture

    Gender and SexualityPoliticsRhetoric Publications

    What elements of American political and rhetorical culture block the imagining—and thus, the electing—of a woman as president? Examining both major-party and third-party campaigns by women, including the 2008 campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin, the authors of Woman President: Confronting Postfeminist Political Culture identify the factors that limit electoral possibilities for women. Pundits have been predicting women’s political ascendency for years. And yet, although the 2008 presidential campaign featured Hillary Clinton as an early frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination and Sarah Palin as the first female Republican vice-presidential nominee, no woman has yet held either of the top two offices. The reasons for this are complex and varied, but the authors assert that the question certainly encompasses more than the shortcomings of women candidates or the demands of the particular political moment. Instead, the authors identify a pernicious backlash against women presidential candidates—one that is expressed in both political and popular culture. In Woman President: Confronting Postfeminist Political Culture, Kristina Horn Sheeler and Karrin Vasby Anderson provide a discussion of US presidentiality as a unique rhetorical role. Within that framework, they review women’s historical and contemporary presidential bids, placing special emphasis on the 2008 campaign. They also consider how presidentiality is framed in candidate oratory, campaign journalism, film and television, digital media, and political parody.

  • Michael Childers


    Colorado Powder Keg: Ski Resorts and the Environmental Movement

    EnvironmentPublic Lands Publications

    Tracing the history of Colorado's ski industry from the early twentieth century through the start of the twenty-first, Colorado Powder Keg: Ski Resorts and the Environmental Movement argues that the development of ever-larger ski resorts on national forest lands led to profound environmental changes and controversies over rural growth, recreation, and public land managment.

  • Catherine DiCesare


    Sweeping the Way: Divine Transformation in the Aztec Festival of Ochpaniztli

    Indigenous studiesReligious studiesVisual arts Publications

    Incorporating human sacrifice, flaying, and mock warfare, the pre-Columbian Mexican ceremony known as Ochpaniztli, or “Sweeping,” has long attracted attention. Although it is among the best known of eighteen annual Aztec ceremonies, Ochpaniztli’s significance nevertheless has been poorly understood. Ochpaniztli is known mainly from early colonial illustrated manuscripts produced in cross-cultural collaboration between Spanish missionary-chroniclers and native Mexican informants and artists. Although scholars typically privilege the manuscripts’ textual descriptions, Sweeping the Way examines the fundamental role of their pictorial elements. Catherine DiCesare emphasizes the primacy of the regalia, ritual implements, and adornments of the patron “goddess” as the point of intersection between sacred cosmic forces and ceremonial celebrants. The associations of these paraphernalia indicate that Ochpaniztli was a period of purification rituals designed to transform and protect individual and communal bodies alike. Spanish friars were unable to comprehend the complex nature of the festival’s patroness and ultimately fragmented her identity into categories meeting their expectations, a situation that continues to vex modern investigations. Sweeping the Way addresses myriad issues of translation and transformation in pre-Columbian and post-conquest Mexico, as Christian friars and native Mexicans together negotiated a complex body of information about outlawed ritual practices and sacred entities.