Reading List 2015

Books published by Drexel's College of Arts and Sciences' Faculty in 2015From climate change, to creative insight, to chemical production in the U.S., this year’s faculty-written publications will have you brimming with conversations starters for all of your dinner party needs.

Kathryn Steen, PhD | History

Prior to 1914, Germany dominated the worldwide production of synthetic organic dyes and pharmaceuticals like aspirin. When World War I disrupted the supply of German chemicals to the United States, Americans responded by trying to manufacture chemicals domestically; however, learning the complex science and industry posed a serious challenge. This book explores how the U.S. built a synthetic organic chemicals industry during WWI and the 1920s. Steen argues that Americans’ anti-German sentiment in WWI helped forge a concentrated effort among firms, the federal government and universities to make the U.S. independent of “foreign chemicals.”

Ron Bishop, PhD, Morgan Dudkewitz ’15, Alissa Falcone ’14, and Renee Daggett ’14 | Communication

About 120,000 people of Japanese descent — two-thirds of them American citizens — were forced to live in internment camps during World War II. Though much has been said about the camps, little attention has been paid to the community newspapers closest to the camps and how they constructed the identities and lives of the occupants inside. In this book, Bishop and his coauthors reveal how journalists positioned the incarceration camps as a potential economic boon and how evacuees were framed as another community group, there to contribute to the region’s economic well-being.

CLIMATE CHANGE AND SOCIETY: Sociological Perspectives
Robert Brulle, PhD | Sociology

Climate change is one of the most critical issues of the 21st century, presenting a major intellectual challenge to both the natural and social sciences. While there has been significant progress in natural sciences’ understanding of climate change, social science analyses have not been as fully developed. Brulle breaks new theoretical and empirical ground by presenting climate change as a thoroughly social phenomenon, embedded in behaviors, institutions and cultural practices.

THE EUREKA FACTOR: Aha Moments, Creative Insight, and the Brain
John Kounios, PhD | Psychology

Eureka or “aha” moments are sudden realizations that expand our understanding of the world and ourselves. Kounios examines how these insights arise — including the factors that impact our chances of having an “aha” moment and the relationship between insight and intuition — while also offering techniques for realizing your creative potential both at work and at home.

A FIELD GUIDE TO THE TIGER BEETLES OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA: Identification, Natural History, and Distribution of the Cicindelinae, 2nd Edition
Dan Duran, PhD | Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science

Tiger beetles are among the most widely investigated groups of insects — more than 2,600 species can be found all over the world. This second edition field guide details the identification, distribution, natural history and habitats of the 116 species of tiger beetles living in North America.

HUMOR: A Reader for Writers
Kathleen Volk Miller | English

From Jerry Seinfeld’s legendary standup to Kristen Wiig’s sidesplitting impersonations, “Humor: A Reader for Writers” explores the key patterns and features within numerous comedic sources to show how jokes work. This survey looks at comedy in a variety of genres including popular media, academic essays, personal narratives, fiction and poetry.

Phillip Ayoub, PhD | Politics

Europe has long been regarded as a unique place for the promotion and furthering of LGBT rights. “LGBT Activism and the Making of Europe” investigates this alleged uniqueness and its ties to a relatively long history of LGBT and queer movements in Europe. The book explores the “idea of Europe” as it relates to LGBT rights, the history of European LGBT movements, the role of European institutions in adopting LGBT policies, and the construction of European “others” in this process.

MOBILITY AND LOCATIVE MEDIA: Mobile Communication in Hybrid Spaces
Mimi Sheller, PhD | Mobilities Research & Policy

The study of mobilities has become an important framework for understanding and analyzing contemporary social, spatial, economic and political practices. Especially as mobile media become seamlessly integrated into transportation networks, navigating urban spaces and connecting with social networks while on the move, researchers need new approaches and methods to bring together mobilities with mobile communication and locative media. Scholars have focused on cell phones, often ignoring broader connections to urban spaces, geography and locational media. As a result, they’ve emphasized virtual mobility and personalized communication as a way of disconnecting from place, location and publics. The growing pervasiveness of location-aware technology urges us to rethink the intersection of location, mobile technologies and mobility. This edited collection explores that intersection, as well as the implications for adjacent fields such as mobile art, mobile gaming, architecture, design and urban planning.

Robert Kane, PhD | Criminology & Justice Studies

The police are charged with what has been characterized as an “impossible” mandate — control and prevent crime, keep the peace, provide public services — and do so within the constraints of democratic principles. Police are trusted to use deadly force when called for and are allowed access to our homes in cases of emergency. In fact, police departments are one of the few government agencies that can be mobilized by a simple phone call, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They are ubiquitous within our society, but their actions are often not well understood. Kane brings together research on the development and operation of policing in the United States and elsewhere to provide an authoritative and comprehensive overview of the institution of policing.

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