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New Books Written by Faculty and Staff

By Maryland Today Staff

collage of nine book covers

Collage by Riley Sims Ph.D. ’23

University of Maryland faculty and staff showcase their expertise as authors of the following books, all published in the first half of 2024:

“Human Motives: Hedonism, Altruism, and the Science of Affect”
Oxford University Press

Peter Carruthers, Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy

Carruthers explores how affective science can revitalize the debate over hedonism and altruism and offers new theories regarding pleasure, displeasure, pain, emotion and desire.

“Predicting the Winner: The Untold Story of Election Night 1952 and the Dawn of Computer Forecasting”
Potomac Books
Ira Chinoy, Associate Professor of Journalism

The history of American elections changed profoundly on the night of Nov. 4, 1952, when computers were first used to predict winners from early returns — despite the system being launched live and untested on the newest medium for news: television. The book shows how innovation would help fuel an obsession with numbers as a way of understanding and shaping politics into the future.

“Treatment Plans and Interventions in Couple Therapy: A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach”
Guilford Press
Norman B. Epstein, Emeritus Professor of Family Science, and Mariana K. Falconier, Professor of Family Science

Drawing on their clinical experience and research, the authors demonstrate ways to tailor cognitive-behavioral therapy for couples struggling with partner aggression, infidelity, sexual problems, financial issues, parenting conflicts, depression, anxiety and more.

“Storying Our Relationship with Nature: Educating the Heart and Cultivating Courage Amidst the Climate Crisis”
Bloomsbury Academic
Amanda Fiore Ph.D. ’24 and Jing Lin, Professor of International Education Policy

Formatted as a dialogue between a teacher and a student, this book examines humans’ greed and isolation from nature as major root causes of the climate crisis. It encourages readers to use contemplative practices—such as storytelling, mindfulness and meditation—to reconnect with nature and reinvent the way they respond to the climate emergency.

"Association Models in Epidemiology: Study Designs, Modeling Strategies, and Analytic Methods"
Hongjie Liu, Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

This textbook offers detailed strategies to guide graduate students, researchers and practitioners in modeling epidemiologic data. Using regression techniques to analyze data, the book focuses on association models rather than prediction models.

“Seeing Red: Russian Propaganda and American News”
Oxford University Press
Sarah Oates, Professor of Journalism, and Gordon Neil Ramsay

The U.S. media has been tainted with Russian disinformation, but the more significant threat is how the right has embraced the Russian model of the news media as a vehicle for propaganda. "Seeing Red" breaks new ground in investigating the scope of Russian disinformation, arguing that key politicians and media outlets in the United States have facilitated the dissemination of Russian propaganda.

“Light Through a Prism: Social Justice Teaching for Refugee and Displaced Students”
Rowman & Littlefield
Terri L. Rodriguez; Laura Mahalingappa, Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and Language Education; Ayan Amoud Omar; Lauren Ergen; Odeese Ghassa-Khalil; and Jennifer L. Meagher

This book tells the stories of K-12 educators committed to social justice teaching, especially with refugee and displaced students, as they navigate the complexities of pandemic-era schooling. It explores their unique strengths and needs as well as the educators’ personal and professional knowledge, skills and resources.

“Race and the American Story”
Oxford University Press
Stephanie Shonekan, Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, and Adam Seagrave

Shonekan, a professor of ethnomusicology, and Seagrave, an associate professor of civic and economic thought and leadership at Arizona State University, take a unique approach: contrasting her experiences as a Black woman, scholar and immigrant with that of a former colleague, a white man who who grew up in California.

“Quantitative Biosciences: Dynamics Across Cells, Organisms, and Populations”
Princeton University Press
Joshua S. Weitz, Professor of Biology and Clark Leadership Chair in Data Analytics

This life sciences textbook establishes the quantitative principles of how living systems work across scales, drawing on classic and modern discoveries to present a case study approach that links mechanisms, models and measurements.



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