Faculty recommendations

Summer 2008

Social Science faculty book recommendations

If you want some interesting reading this summer, check this site periodically this summer. Faculty will be adding to it. Note that the books aren’t necessarily directly related to a faculty member’s field.

Eric Anderson – Anthropology:

  • Levitan, D. (2007). This is your brain on music: The science of a human obsession. New York: Plume/Penguin Books.
  • Davis, W. (1980). One river: Explorations and discoveries in the Amazon rainforest. New York: Touchstone Press
  • Harris, S. (2004). The end of faith: Religion, terror, and the future of reason. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.

Timothy Jeske – Political Science

  • Elizabeth Speller (2003) Following Hadrian: A Second-Century Journey through the Roman Empire.  Oxford University Press.
  • Rick Shenkman (2008) Just How Stupid Are We?: Facing the Truth About the American Voter. Basic Books.
  • Susan Jacoby (2008) The Age of American Unreason. Pantheon Books
  • Jonathan Harris (2007) Constantinople: Capital of Byzantium. Hambledon Continuum.
  • Christopher Tyerman (2006) God’s War: A New History of the Crusades. Harvard University Press
  • Margaret George (1987) The Autobiography of Henry VIII: With Notes by his Fool, Will Somers (A Novel). St. Martin’s Griffin.

Carli Schiffner, Dean of Arts and Sciences – History

  • Edwards, Wendy Deichmann (and Gifford, Carolyn De Swarte (Eds) (2003). Gender and the social gospel. University of Illinois Press 
  • Kaplan, L. (1997). The story of Jane: The legendary underground feminist abortion service. University of Chicago Press

Heidi Shaw – Psychology:

  • De Becker, G. (1999). The gift of fear and other survival signals that protect us from violence. New York: Random House, Inc.
  • Kurson, R. (2004). Shadow divers: The true adventure of two Americans who risked everything to solve one of the last mysteries of World War II. New York: Random House.
  • Philbrick, N. (2000). In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whale ship Essex. New York: Penguin. Putnam, Inc
  • Sacks, O. (1995). An anthropologist on Mars: Seven paradoxical tales. New York: Knopf.
  • The Bone Collector – a novel by Jeffery Deaver

Monty Walker’s Overly Ambitious Summer Reading List – History

  • Stewart, Rory. The Places In Between. Orlando, Florida: Harcourt, 2006.
  • Harris, Marvin. Cows, Pigs, Wars, and Witches: The Riddles of Culture. New York: Vintage Books, 1989.
  • Kolbert, Elizabeth. Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change. New York: Bloomsbury, 2006.
  • Apuleius. The Golden Ass. Translated by Joel C. Relihan. Indianapolis: Hackett, 2007.
  • Dzielska, Maria. Hypatia of Alexandria. Translated by F. Lyra. Cambridge, Massachusetts; Harvard University Press, 2001.
  • Grimmelshausen, Johann. The Life of Courage: The Notorious Thief, Whore and Vagabond. Translated by Mike Mitchell. Sawtry, UK: Daedalus, 2001.
  • McPhee, John. The Control of Nature. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000.
  • Kunstler, James Howard. The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America’s Man-Made Landscape. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994.
  • Ralston, David B. Importing the European Army: The Introduction of European Military Techniquest and Institutions into the Extra-European World, 1600—1914. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1996.
  • Sakurai, Tadayoshi. Human Bullets: A Soldier’s Story of the Russo-Japanese War. Translated by Masujro Honda. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, 1999.
  • Ruddiman, William F. Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum: How Humans Took Control of Climate. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007.
  • Sallust. The Jugurthine War/The Conspiracy of Catline. Translated by S. A. Hanford. New York; Penguin, 1987.
  • Caesar. The Conquest of Gaul. Translated by S. A. Hanford. New York:  Penguin, 1982.
  • Petronius. Satyricon. Translated by Sarah Ruden. Indianapolis: Hackett, 2000.

Kenneth Zontek – History

  • Cervantes, M.  (2003).  Don Quixote.  Penguin Classics, reprint with new translation and editing.