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Faculty Publications

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Below is a list of faculty publications listed in order of when the books were published.

Everyday Renaissances: The Quest for Cultural Legitimacy in Venice

In 2016, Harvard University Press published Prof. Sarah Ross's book Everyday Renaissances: The Quest for Cultural Legitimacy in Venice. Prof. Ross  recovers the experiences of everyday men and women in sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Italy who were inspired to pursue literature and learning.

 

 

 

 
Exploring Jesuit Distinctiveness

Prof. Robert Maryks edited the book Exploring Jesuit Distinctiveness: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Ways of Preceeding within the Society of Jesus. Published in 2016 by Brill, the book covers the distinctiveness of Jesuits and their ministries that was discussed at the first International Symposium on Jesuit Studies held at Boston College’s Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies in June 2015.

 

 

 
Violence, Politics and Catholicism in Ireland

The book Violence, Politics and Catholicism in Ireland by Prof. Oliver Rafferty, S.J., is a collection of essays which looks at the
interrelated themes of Catholicism, violence and politics in the Irish context in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  

 

 

 

 
Understanding and Teaching American Slavery

Prof. Lynn Lyerly co-edited the book Understanding and Teaching American Slavery with Prof. Bethany Jay, which was published by the University of Wisconsin Press in 2015. The book was designed to be a resource for college and high school teachers to help them understand and teach this challenging topic in all its complexity.

 

 

 

 
Bill Clinton: New Gilded Age President

In 2016, the University of Kansas Press published Patrick Maney's book Bill Clinton: New Gilded Age President. This book provides an in-depth perspective of the 42nd president and examines how Clinton met the challenges of a new Gilded Age.

 

 

 

 
African Socialism in Postcolonial Tanzania

Prof. Priya Lal's book, African Socialism in Postcolonial Tanzania: Between the Village and the World was published by Cambridge University Press in 2015. The book tells the story of Tanzania's socialist experiment of the ujamaa villagization iniative of 1967-1975. Lal investigates how Tanzanian leaders and rural people creatively envisioned ujamaa and documents how villagization unfolded on the ground, without affixing the project to a trajectory of inevitable failure.

 

 
The New Bostonians

Prof. Marilynn Johnson examines the historical confluence of recent immigration and urban transformation in greater Boston in her new book The New Bostonians: How Immigrants Have Transformed the Metro Area since the 1960s. Published in August 2015 by the University of Massachusetts Press, the book examines the effect of the Immigration Act of 1965 and argues that the renaissance that Boston experienced since the 1980s is due in part to the city's immigrants.

 

 
To Save the Children of Korea

In her first book To Save the Children of KoreaThe Cold War Origins of International Adoption, Prof. Arissa Oh argues that international adoption began in the aftermath of the Korean War as a measure to evacuate "GI babies" from Korea. Korean adoption then became a template for international adoption in the late 1960s.

 



 
The BBC's "Irish Troubles"

Prof. Rob Savage's book The BBC's 'Irish troubles': Television, conflict and Northern Ireland explores how news and information about the conflict in Northern Ireland was disseminated through television - the most accessible, powerful and popular form of media: television. It focuses on the BBC and considers how its broadcasts complicated the 'Troubles’ by challenging decisions, policies and tactics developed by governments trying to defeat a stubborn insurgency that threatened national security.  

 

 
What's New about the "New" Immigration?

Prof. Marilynn Johnson co-edited the book What's New about the "New" Immigration?: Traditions and Transformations in the United States since 1965. In the book, scholars from various disciplines examine US immigration trends following the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act.
 

 

 

 
Global Rules

Yale University Press published Prof. James Cronin's book Global Rules: America, Britain and a Disordered World in October of 2014. Erik Goldstein, author of The First World War's Peace Settlements: International Relations, 1918-1925, wrote that Cronin’s book is "a perceptive analysis and account of one of the critical relationships in international relations. Elegantly written, thoroughly researched, and persuasively argued, this is an essential read for anyone interested in the dynamics of the Anglo-American relationship and more broadly the working of the international system."

John Rentoul of The Independent praised the book, saying that Cronin "writes considered and balanced prose that respects the complexity of postwar history but which tries to make sense of the longer trends and important moments in the story." See the full review.

 
To Make Men Free

In September 2014 Heather Cox Richardson's book To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party was published by Basic Books.

“In To Make Men Free, one of our most admired historians takes on one of the most important topics of our past and present: the 160-year story of the Republican Party. From Abraham Lincoln to George W. Bush, from Radical Republicans to Movement Conservatives, Heather Cox Richardson recounts the GOP's dramatic history with unimpeachable insights and crisp, vivid writing. How did the anti-slavery party become the party of the Solid South? How did the anti-trust party of Theodore Roosevelt become the party of Wall Street and the Club for Growth? In this brisk account, Richardson make sense of a twisting tale that shapes our lives every day.”
-T.J. Stiles, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

 
Companion to Ignatius of Loyola: Life, Writings, Spirituality, Influence

Prof. Robert Maryks edited the book Companion to Ignatius of Loyola: Life, Writings, Spirituality, Influence which was published by Brill Academic Publishers in September 2014. This book aims to place Loyola's life, writings, and spirituality in a broader context of important late medieval and early modern movements and processes.

 

 

 
The Child Cases

Prof. Alan Rogers' book The Child Cases: How America's Religious Exemption Laws Hurt Children was published by the University of Massachusetts Press in April 2014. In this book Rogers examines the conflict between religious principles and secular laws that seek to protect children from abuse and neglect.

 

 

 

 
Distance and Documents

Stanford University Press published Prof. Sylvia Sellers-Garcia's Book Distance and Documents at the Spanish Empire's Periphery in December 2013. Sellers-Garcia argues that by examining how documents operated in the Spanish empire, we can better understand how the empire was built and how knowledge was created.

 

 

 
Precarious Prescriptions

Prof. Martin Summers co-edited the book Precarious Prescriptions: Contested Histories of Race and Health in North America which the University of Minnesota Press published in March 2014. The book brings together essays that place race, citizenship, and gender at the center of questions about health and disease.

"Precarious Prescriptions forges vital new terrain in the study of race, medicine, and public health in the U.S. and its borderlands. The book’s carefully crafted essays explore the relationships between medicine, health, and lived experience in such diverse locales and settings as Hawai’i, pre-revolutionary Texas, the Mexican-American borderlands, and the Salish Sea. By so doing Precarious Prescriptions expands our understandings, not just of medicalized ‘race’ and ‘racisms,’ but of medicine itself, in all of its colonizing and liberatory implications. This is vital reading indeed." —Jonathan M. Metzl, author of The Protest Psychosis

 
The Barber of Damascus: Nouveau Literacy in the Eighteenth-Century Ottoman Levant

Prof. Dana Sajdi examines the life of Shihab al-Din Ahmad Ibn Budayr in her book The Barber of Damascus: Nouveau Literacy in the Eighteenth-Century Ottoman Levant. Ibn Budayr is a barber who wrote a history book, a record of the events that took place in his city during his lifetime. Sajdi uncovers the emergence of a larger trend of history writing by people outside the learned establishment and the new phenomenon of nouveau literacy.

 

 
The Virgin Mary and Catholic Identities in Chinese History

The Virgin Mary and Catholic Identities in Chinese History by Prof. Jeremy Clarke, SJ, was published by Hong Kong University Press in the fall of 2013. Fr. Clarke traces the living roots of the Chinese Catholic Church back to the late sixteenth century and its historical roots back to the Yuan dynasty and examines paintings and sculptures of the Virgin Mary and the communities that produced them.

 

 

 
Diaspora: A Very Short Introduction

Oxford University Press published Prof. Kevin Kenny's book Diaspora: A Very Short Introduction. His book explains where the concept of diaspora came from, how its meaning changed over time, why its usage has expanded so dramatically in recent years, and how it can both clarify and distort the nature of migration.

 

 

 

 
Adiós Niño

In Adiós Niño: The Gangs of Guatemala City and the Politics of Death, Prof. Deborah Levenson examines transformations in the Guatemalan gangs called Maras from their emergence in the 1980s to the early 2000s and describes how fragile spaces of friendship and exploration turned into rigid and violent ones in which youth came to employ death as a natural way of living for the short period that they expected to survive.

 

 
The Universe Unraveling: American Foreign Policy in Cold War Laos

Prof. Seth Jacobs's most recent book, The Universe Unraveling: American Foreign Policy in Cold War Laos, was published by Cornell University Press in April 2012. Prof. Jacobs reinterprets U.S.-Lao relations leading up to the Vietnam War. He argues that ethnocentric perceptions of America’s Lao ally led Washington to draw the line against communist expansion in South Vietnam instead of Laos. 

 

 
French Books of Hours: Making an Archive of Prayer, c. 1400-1600

Prof. Virginia Reinburg wrote French Books of Hours: Making an Archive of Prayer, c. 1400-1600, which was published by Cambridge University Press in February 2012. The Book of Hours was the most popular book in medieval and early modern Europe. Prof. Reinburg has written a social history of the book along with an ethnography of prayer. Prof. Reinburg describes how the book shaped religious practice and argues that the book achieved its popularity because it served as a bridge between liturgy and the home. 

 
Why Europe Grew Rich and Asia Did Not: Global Economic Divergence, 1600–1850

Prof. Prasannan Parthasarathi published his book Why Europe Grew Rich and Asia Did Not: Global Economic Divergence, 1600–1850 in September 2011 through Cambridge University Press. In this book, Dr. Parthasarathi provides a rereading of global economic development that ranges from India, Japan and China to Britain, France, and the Ottoman Empire and from the textile and coal industries to the roles of science, technology, and the state and provides a new answer as to why Europe industrialized and Asia did not.

 
The Guatemala Reader: History, Culture, Politics

Prof. Deborah Levenson co-edited the book The Guatemala Reader: History, Culture, Politics which is being published in October 2011. Her co-editors are Greg Grandin and Elizabeth Oglesby.

“This excellent and comprehensive collection of historical and contemporary materials about Guatemala is a seminal addition to the literature. It is brilliantly put together and its usefulness is not only for students being introduced to that country but also as a reference source for Guatemalan scholars.”—Beatriz Manz, author of Paradise in Ashes: A Guatemalan Journey of Courage, Terror, and Hope

 
The Empire Reformed

Prof. Owen Stanwood published his first book The Empire Reformed: English America in the Age of the Glorious Revolution in August 2011.

"Deeply and broadly researched, The Empire Reformed offers a compelling explanation for the political turbulence in colonial North America in the late seventeenth century, and frames it powerfully in a narrative account that makes sense of events in the region from the Chesapeake northward, between the Great Lakes to the West, and the Atlantic Ocean to the East." 
--Mark Peterson, University of California, Berkeley

 
What's Left of the Left: Democrats and Social Democrats in Challenging Times

Prof. James Cronin co-edited the book What's Left of the Left: Democrats and Social Democrats in Challenging Times with George W. Ross and James Shoch. In this book, distinguished scholars of European and U.S. politics consider how center-left political parties have fared since the 1970s. They explore the left’s responses to the end of the postwar economic boom, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the erosion of traditional party politics, the expansion of market globalization, and the shift to a knowledge-based economy.

 
Britain After Rome: The Fall and Rise, 400-1070

Prof. Robin Fleming published the book Britain After Rome: The Fall and Rise, 400-1070 (Penguin Books) in August 2010.

Prof. Fleming focuses on life in Britain between the departure of the Roman legions and the arrival of Norman invaders. This time period has been of great interest in the historical community since a hoard of beautiful gold military objects was found in a field in Staffordshire in 2009.

 
 A Loss of Innocence?: Television and Irish Society, 1960-72

In May 2010, Prof. Robert Savage published the book A Loss of Innocence?: Television and Irish Society, 1960-72. The book explores the evolution of Ireland's national television service during its first tumultuous decade.

Prof. Savage received the 2010 James S. Donnelly, Sr. Prize for the Best Book in History and the Social Sciences from the American Conference for Irish Studies for this book.

 
The Diary of Antera Duke, an Eighteenth-Century African Slave Trader

Prof. David Northrup coauthored the book The Diary of Antera Duke, an Eighteenth-Century African Slave Trader. Duke's diary is the only surviving eyewitness account of the slave trade by an African merchant. Written in trade English from 1785 to 1788, the diary is a candid account of daily life in an African community at the height of Calabar's overseas commerce. It provides valuable information on Old Calabar's economic activity both with other African businessmen and with European ship captains who arrived to trade for slaves, produce, and provisions.

 
The Atlantic Slave Trade

Prof. David Northrup published the third edition of his book The Atlantic Slave Trade in early 2010. A volume in the Problems in World History series, this book features a variety of secondary-source essays that are carefully edited for both content and length, making this single volume a convenient alternative to course packets or multiple monographs. Most often used as a supplementary text for upper-level courses, The Atlantic Slave Trade includes chapter introductions, essay introductions, and annotated bibliographies.

 
Superstitious Regimes: Religion and the Politics of Chinese Modernity

In February 2010, Prof. Rebecca Nedostup published the book Superstitious Regimes: Religion and the Politics of Chinese Modernity through Harvard University Press. This book explores the modern recategorization of religious practices and people and examines how state power affected the religious lives and physical order of local communities. It also looks at how politicians conceived of their own ritual role in an era when authority was meant to derive from popular sovereignty.


 
The Birth of Feminism: Woman as Intellect in Renaissances Italy and England

Prof. Sarah Ross published the book The Birth of Feminism: Woman as Intellect in Renaissances Italy and England in October 2009. Prof. Ross surveys 300 years and two nations and demonstrates how the expanding ranks of learned women in the Renaissance era presented the first significant challenge to the traditional definition of “woman” in the West.




 
The Spinning World: A Global History of Cotton Textiles, 1200-1850

Prof. Prasannan Parthasarathi co-edited the book The Spinning World: A Global History of Cotton Textiles, 1200-1850 with Dr. Giorgio Riello. This collection of essays examines the history of cotton textiles at a global level over the period 1200-1850. This volume sheds light on new answers to two questions: what is it about cotton that made it the paradigmatic first global commodity? And second, why did cotton industries in different parts of the world follow different paths of development?

 
Peaceable Kingdom Lost: The Paxton Boys and the Destruction of William Penn's Holy Experiment

In July 2009, Prof. Kevin Kenny published the book Peaceable Kingdom Lost: The Paxton Boys and the Destruction of William Penn's Holy Experiment.

"Kevin Kenny has laid out a smooth and engaging narrative alongside an impressively researched analysis of the secondary historical debates surrounding the Paxton Boys. Peaceable Kingdom Lost is also the most detailed treatment of the subject to emerge in a generation, and it is an indispensable introduction to one of the most troubling and transformative episodes in the history of colonial Pennsylvania." --Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography

"Peaceable Kingdom Lost is distinguished by Kevin Kenny's narrative skill. This well-researched book is ideal for use in history courses as a readable and engaging narrative that very ably synthesizes much of the recent scholarship on Indian-European relations in colonial and revolutionary Pennsylvania."-David L. Preston, Pennsylvania History

"Kenny's fluid prose makes his a very entertaining account...Kenny masterfully weaves the perspectives of Pennsylvania's westerners, colonial leaders, and native peoples to craft a compellingly tragic narrative." -Kevin T. Barksdale, American Historical Review

 
Violence in the West: The Johnson County Range War and Ludlow Massacre

In 2009, Prof. Marilynn Johnson published the book Violence in the West: The Johnson County Range War and Ludlow Massacre, which is part of the Bedford Series in History and Culture. This volume explores the question of how violent the West truly was and what conditions made violence likely to occur. By examining the case studies of the Johnson County range war in Wyoming and the Ludlow Massacre during the southern Colorado coal strike, Johnson demonstrates that western violence in this period was a product of the transformation of the West from a rugged frontier to a capitalist market.

 
Africa's Discovery of Europe, 1450-1850

Prof. David Northrup published a second edition of his book Africa's Discovery of Europe, 1450-1850 in July 2008. The first edition was published in 2002 and received critical acclaim for his interesting perspective on African-European interactions. Prof. Northrup examines the encounters from an unfamiliar African perspective rather than from the customary European one. The second edition includes new research, maps, and illustrations.


 
 The Faithful: A History of Catholics in America

Prof. James O'Toole published his most recent book, The Faithful: A History of Catholics in America, in April 2008. This book follows the history of Catholicism in the U.S. and addresses the religion's current crossroads.

The Faithful is a truly original and mature work that gives us a rich history of American Catholics. There is simply no comparable book.
--David O'Brien, Holy Cross

An ambitious narrative history of American Catholicism, written with great historical range and attention to lived experience. It has profound contemporary resonance. This courageous book, unafraid to explore the story's darker moments, is destined to become the new standard text on American Catholicism.
--Robert Orsi, Northwestern University

 
Murder and the Death Penalty in Massachusetts

In 2008, Prof. Alan Rogers published the book Murder and the Death Penalty in Massachusetts (University of Massachusetts Press). This book provides a comprehensive account of of how the efforts of reformers and abolitionists and the Supreme Judicial Court's commitment to the rule of law ultimately converged to end the death penalty in Massachusetts.



 
Ottoman Tulips, Ottoman Coffee: Leisure and Lifestyles in the Eighteenth Century

Prof. Dana Sajdi edited the 2008 book Ottoman Tulips, Ottoman Coffee: Leisure and Lifestyles in the Eighteenth Century (Tauris Academic Studies). This book offers an exploration of the definitive cultural phenomena of the Ottoman 18th century, such as, the coffee house, the printing press, imperial architecture and royal pageantry and festivals.




 
Boston: City on a Hill

In September 2007, Prof. Alan Rogers published a new edition of his book Boston: City on a Hill (American Historical Press). This book was a family affair, his wife Lisa co-authored it, and his daughter took most of the photographs.





 
Crosscurrents in the Black Atlantic, 1770-1965: A Brief History with Documents

Prof. David Northrup's book Crosscurrents in the Black Atlantic, 1770-1965: A Brief History with Documents was published in July 2007 by Bedford/St. Martin as part of the Bedford Series in History and Culture. David Northrup offers a collection of primary sources that presents the social, political, and intellectual interactions of black people around the Atlantic in their quests for advancement, liberation, and emancipation.


 
War Memory and Social Politics in Japan, 1945-2005

Prof. Franziska Seraphim published her book titled War Memory and Social Politics in Japan, 1945-2005 (Harvard University Asia Center) in 2006. Her book looks at the memories and legacies of World War II in Japan and how war memory developed as an integral part of particular and divergent approaches to postwar democracy.




 
The Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial, 1963-1965: Genocide, History and the Limits of the Law

Prof. Devin Pendas' book titled The Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial, 1963-1965: Genocide, History and the Limits of the Law was published by Cambridge University Press in 2005. His book looks at the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial, one of the largest and most important trial of Holocaust perpetrators conducted in West German courts. This book also provides an account of the divided response to the trial among the West German public.