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New Books Written by Faculty and Staff

By Maryland Today Staff

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Today, we debut “Bookshelf,” highlighting new books written by faculty and staff that showcase their expertise. Installments will appear each June and December. The following books have been published in 2023 to date:

Shakespeare on Consent
Amanda Bailey, Professor and Chair, Department of English

Bailey examines crises of consent on the early modern stage and argues that these dramatizations provide a framework for understanding the intersections of coercion, complicity resistance and agency.

In This Place Called Prison: Women's Religious Life in the Shadow of Punishment
University of California Press
Rachel Ellis, Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Ellis spent one year conducting interviews with hundreds of incarcerated women about the role of faith and religion in their experience of punishment. It speaks to the quest for dignity and light against the backdrop of mass incarceration, state surveillance and American inequality.

Teaching Beyond the Music: Tools for Addressing Societal Changes Through the Arts
GIA Publishing
Jason Max Ferdinand D.M.A. ’15, Director of Choral Activities, School of Music
This classroom resource aims to address difficult topics in choral rehearsals through repertoire suggestions, listening examples, video interviews, quotes and teaching activities.

Murder at Ampas Beach
Atmosphere Press
James Gilbert, Distinguished University Professor of American History Emeritus

This mystery is the third in a series that features the sleuth Amanda Pennyworth, American Consul in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

The Evolution of the Vehicle Routing Problem
Bruce Golden, France-Merrick Chair in Management Science; Xingyin Wang and Edward Wasil

This survey of research and practice in vehicle routing problems spans 2005-22 and makes observations about publication and trend history, summarizes the overall contributions in the field and identifies trends in VRP research and practice.

The Power of Hope: How the Science of Well-Being Can Save Us from Despair
Princeton University Press
Carol Graham, College Park Professor in the School of Public Policy

In this timely and innovative account, Graham argues for the importance of hope—little studied in economics at present—as an independent dimension of well-being.

Metareasoning for Robots: Adapting in Dynamic and Uncertain Environments
Jeffrey Herrmann, Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Director of Graduate Education Programs, Institute for Systems Research

The book introduces key systems engineering concepts and design options for metareasoning to make robots smarter.

Teaching Young Multilingual Learners: Key Issues and New Insights
Cambridge University Press
Loren Jones, Assistant Clinical Professor of Education, and Luciana C de Oliveira

This research overview focuses on language teaching practices for young multilingual learners in primary classrooms in English-speaking contexts.

Core Practices for Teaching Multilingual Students: Humanizing Pedagogies for Equity
Teachers College Press
Megan Madigan Peercy, Professor of Teacher Learning and Development; Johanna M. Tigert and Daisy E. Fredricks

In this practical and accessible resource, the authors share real-world examples from the classrooms of ESOL teachers, unpack the teachers’ thinking about their instruction, and identify six core practices that are foundational to teaching multilingual students.

Language and Antiracism: An Antiracist Approach to Teaching (Spanish) Language in the USA
Multilingual Matters
José L. Magro, Lecturer, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Beginning from the premise that being non-racist and other “neutral” positions are inadequate in the face of a racist society and institutions, this book provides language educators with practical tools to implement antiracist pedagogy in their classrooms.

What Every Engineer Should Know About Reliability and Risk Analysis

Mohammad Modarres, Nicole Y. Kim Eminent Professor, and Katrina Groth, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

This updated second edition offers basic and advanced methods in reliability analysis that are commonly used in daily practice and provides methods that address unique topics such as dependent failure analysis, importance analysis, and analysis of repairable systems.

The Power of Partisanship
Oxford University Press
Joshua J. Dyck and Shanna Pearson-Merkowitz, Professor of Public Policy

Partisan polarization has far-reaching and toxic effects on how Americans behave both inside and outside the realm of politics, the authors argue. They explain why partisans are willing to engage in risky and sometimes dangerous behavior for the sake of psychological partisan rewards.

Italian Political Cinema: Figures of the Long ’68
University of Minnesota Press
Mauro Resmini, Associate Professor of Italian and of Cinema and Media Studies

Resmini turns to Italian cinema to explore how films have reinvented the link between popular art and radical politics in Italy from 1968 to the early 1980s, a period of intense political and cultural struggles also known as the long ’68.

The Last Honest Man: The CIA, the FBI, the Mafia, and the Kennedys―and One Senator's Fight to Save Democracy
Little, Brown and Co.
James Risen, Visiting Professor of Journalism

Risen, a Pulitzer Prize-winning national security reporter, tells the gripping story of U.S. Sen. Frank Church, who took on the might of the U.S. intelligence community in 1975, bringing decades of abuses to light and succeeding in finally putting the CIA and other agencies under the rule of law.

On Minimalism: Documenting a Musical Movement
University of California Press
Kerry O’Brien and Will Robin, Associate Professor of Musicology

This new curation of the classical phenomenon moves from the style's beginnings in psychedelic counterculture through its present-day influences on ambient jazz, doom metal and electronic music. The authors look beyond the major figures to highlight crucial and diverse voices—especially women, people of color and LGBTQ+ musicians—that have shaped the genre.

The Process of Reliability Engineering: Creating Reliability Plans That Add Value
FMS Reliability Publishing
Fred Schenkelberg, Lecturer, Center for Risk and Reliability, A. James Clark School of Engineering; and Carl S. Carlson

Schenkelberg and Carlson offer a guide for engineers in meeting high reliability objectives and standards for products and processes.

"Dancing in the World: Revealing Cultural Confluences
Kathleen A. Spanos Ph.D. ’16, Assistant Director of Communications in the Honors College, and Sinclair Ogaga Emoghene M.F.A. ’16

The book explores equity and inclusion in the dance field through the authors’ migratory experiences carrying dance and culture through the body in different spaces. They also host a related podcast, “Dance Confluences.”

Technology and Disability: 50 Years of Trace R&D Center Contributions and Lessons Learned
Gregg Vanderheiden, Professor and Director Emeritus of the Trace R&D Center; Jonathan Lazar, Professor; Amanda Lazar, Assistant Professor; Hernisa Kacorri, Assistant Professor; and J. Bern Jordan, Assistant Research Scientist, all in the College of Information Studies

This book explores the institutional history of assistive technologies through the Trace Center, along with the evolving relationship between disability and technology over the last 50 years.



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