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CAS Faculty Books of 2023

College of Arts and Sciences faculty producing works of fiction and nonfiction, music, poetry, and more

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Throughout 2023, College of Arts and Sciences faculty have published volumes of work, from Altissima, a baroque album directed by the Department of Performing Arts’ Dan Abraham; to Panzer Herz, poetic compilation of a lived and inherited masculinity by the Department of Literature’s Kyle Dargan; to Black Ball: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Spencer Haywood, and the Generation that Saved the Soul of the NBA by Theresa Runstedtler, scholar of African American history. Read on for a sampling of works published by our faculty in 2023.  

The High Register Baroque

Daniel Abraham, Director, Conductor, Producer
Ensemble Sprezzatura
Josh Cohen, Baroque Trumpet
Chandos Records, January 2023  

“Trumpet soloist Josh Cohen and Ensemble Sprezzatura bring together regal flair and expressive grace with Altissima, exploring the varied colors and dimensions of the high Baroque trumpet. The recording makes an ideal introduction to myriad trumpeting styles through mostly unfamiliar repertoire.” (Early Music America review) 

Who Wrote This? How AI and the Lure of Efficiency Threaten Human Writing

Naomi S. Baron
Stanford University Press, September 2023

Today's eerily impressive artificial intelligence writing tools present us with a crucial challenge: As writers, do we unthinkingly adopt AI's time-saving advantages, or do we stop to weigh what we gain and lose when heeding its siren call? In Who Wrote This? Naomi S. Baron leads us on a journey connecting the dots between human literacy and today's technology. 

Sartre and the
Phenomenology of Education:
Education for Resistance

Cameron Bassiri
Lexington Books, October 2023

Through an engagement with texts that span the entirety of Sartre’s career, Sartre and the Phenomenology of Education: Education for Resistance provides phenomenological analyses of two primary orientations toward education. Cameron Bassiri develops a Sartrean approach to education, calling it “committed education,” and argues that such education is ultimately a form of resistance to need, scarcity, the practico-inert, and their cultural manifestations.

To See God

Bruce Berger
Black Rose Writing, March 2023

In To See God, Sister Theodora, a devout Greek Orthodox nun who was born Jewish and saved from the Holocaust by the Virgin Mary, has a vision from God telling her that her Black seven-year-old grandnephew in America is the Second Coming of Jesus. Theodora must travel to America, convinced she has a Divine mission to help young Jackie Covo recognize who he really is

Tip of the Spear: Black Radicalism, Prison Repression, and the Long Attica Revolt 

Orisanmi Burton
University of California Press, October 2023

Tip of the Spear argues that prisons are a domain of hidden warfare within US borders. Burton explores the Long Attica Revolt, a criminalized tradition of Black radicalism that propelled rebellions in New York prisons during the 1970s. The reaction to this revolt illuminates what Burton calls prison pacification: the coordinated tactics of violence, isolation, sexual terror, propaganda, reform, and white supremacist science and technology that state actors use to eliminate Black resistance within and beyond prison walls. 

Sampling, Approximation, and Signal Analysis: Harmonic Analysis in the Spirit of J. Rowland Higgins

Stephen D. Casey, Maurice Dodson, Paulo J.S.G. Ferreira, Ahmed Zayed, editors
Springer, January 2024

During his long and distinguished career, J. Rowland Higgins (1935-2020) made a substantial impact on many mathematical fields through his work on sampling theory, his deep knowledge of its history, and his service to the community. This volume is a tribute to his work and legacy, featuring chapters written by distinguished mathematicians that explore cutting-edge research in sampling.  

Dances: A Novel

Nicole Cuffy
One World Random House, May 2023

A ballerina at the height of her powers becomes consumed with finding her missing brother in this “striking debut” (Oprah Daily). “A compelling novel about the spiritual and bodily costs of the dogged pursuit of art.”—Raven Leilani, author of Luster.



Panzer Herz: A Live Dissection

Kyle Dargan
Northwestern University Press, April 2023

The keen and jagged blade that is Kyle Dargan’s eye is drawn in Panzer Herz: A Live Dissection, the final poetic compilation of a lived and inherited masculinity. Dargan targets the armored heart, or “panzer herz”—a site where desire, violence, family, politics, blackness, and capitalism all intertwine with gender.  

Nineteenth Century Literature in Transition: The 1890s

Dustin Friedman, Kristin Mahoney, editors
Cambridge University Press, August 2023

Nineteenth Century Literature in Transition makes a case for why the 1890s continue to be an area of perennial fascination, focusing on transnational connections, gender and sexuality, ecological concerns, technological innovations, and other current critical trends. This collection calls attention to the decade’s diverse range of literature and art and foregrounds the relevance of the Victorian era's final years to issues that face us today. 

Already Gone: 40 Stories of Running Away

Hannah Grieco, editor
Alan Squire Publishing, November 2023

Did you ever wish, with every cell in your body, that you could run away? From home, from a person, from your job, from yourself? Physically or emotionally, on foot or purely in your own mind? In Already Gone, forty of today’s most exciting writers take flight in all these ways and more. 

Ice: poems

David Keplinger
Milkweed Editions, August 2023

In a careful examination of personal and collective histories, David Keplinger’s Ice indexes the findings from memory’s slow melt—stories and faces we’ve forgotten, bones hidden in frost. “Aching and revelatory, Ice speaks to that part of us that wants to preserve our tenderness for this world and those in it,” raves Blas Falconer.


Imposter Syndrome & Other Confessions of Alejandra Kim

Patricia Park
Penguin Random House, February 2023

A multicultural teen struggles to fit into her elite prep school, her diverse Queens neighborhood, and even her own home. Imposter Syndrome & Other Confessions of Alejandra Kim is a hilarious, poignant, and powerful YA novel from the award-winning author of Re Jane


Artful Subversion: Empress Dowager Cixi's Image Making

Ying-chen Peng
Yale University Press, 2023

Empress Dowager Cixi (1835–1908), who ruled China from 1861 until her death in 1908, is a subject of fascination and controversy, at turns vilified for her political maneuvering and admired for modernizing China. In addition to being an astute politician, she was an earnest art patron, and the beautifully illustrated Artful Subversion explores a wide range of objects, revealing how the empress dowager used art and architecture to solidify her rule. 

Cost-Inclusive Evaluation: Planning It, Doing It, Using It

Nadini Persaud, Brian T. Yates
Guilford Press, February 2023

Is a given treatment, intervention, or program worth it? How can a program do more or better with less? Evaluating the costs of a program can be the missing link between a superficial evaluation and one that will get changes made and funding delivered. In accessible language and without complex formulas, Cost-Inclusive Evaluation provides a roadmap for measuring program costs and outcomes and analyzing cost-effectiveness, cost-benefit, and cost-utility.

Corruption Plots:
Stories, Ethics, and Publics of the Late Capitalist City

David Pike, Malini Ranganathan, Sapana Doshi
Cornell University Press, April 2023

Corruption Plots illuminates how corruption is fundamental to global storytelling about how states and elites abuse entrusted power in late capitalism. Drawing on ethnography in Bengaluru and Mumbai and literary and cinematic stories, the authors focus on the racial, caste, class, and gender locations of the narrators, spaces, and publics imagined to be harmed by corruption.  

Indigenous DC:
Native Peoples and the Nation’s Capital

Elizabeth Rule
Georgetown University Press, April 2023

Washington, DC, is Indian land, but Indigenous peoples are often left out of the national narrative of the United States and erased in the capital city. To redress this myth of invisibility, Indigenous DC shines a light upon the oft-overlooked contributions of tribal leaders and politicians, artists and activists to the rich history of the District of Columbia. 

Black Ball:
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Spencer Haywood, and the Generation that Saved the Soul of the NBA

Theresa Runstedtler
Bold Type Books, March 2023

A vital narrative history of 1970s pro basketball, and the Black players who shaped the NBA. “One of the best and most politically truthful books on basketball."―The New Yorker 

Black Ball is an intriguing look at professional basketball in the 1970s, one that changes our thinking about why the NBA is considered a Black league, and — for readers who love basketball and Black history — offers a sports-centered perspective on race relations in post-civil rights America through the lens of the NBA.” ―The Boston Globe

Landscapes of Care: Immigration and Health in Rural America

Thurka Sangaramoorthy
University of California Press, June 2023

Drawing from fieldwork centering on Maryland's Eastern Shore, Landscapes of Care shows how longstanding issues of precarity among rural health systems along with the exclusionary logics of immigration have mutually fashioned a "landscape of care" in which shared conditions of physical suffering and emotional anxiety among immigrants and rural residents generate powerful forms of regional vitality and social inclusion. 

The Archaeology of the Homed and the Unhomed

Daniel Sayers
University Press of Florida, February 2023

In a time when the idea of home has become central to living the American dream, The Archaeology of the Homed and the Unhomed brings to the forefront the concept of homelessness. Sayers points out that homelessness remains underexplored in historical archaeology, a fact which may reflect societal biases and marginalization, and it provides the field’s first comprehensive discussion of the subject. 

Introduction to Health Promotion, 2nd Edition

Anastasia Snelling
Jossey-Bass, November 2023

Introduction to Health Promotion gives students a working knowledge of health promotion concepts and their applications, with a special emphasis on the philosophical and theoretical foundations of health promotion. This new edition underscores the growing need — highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic — for activities, programs, and policies to improve the quality of health for all. 

Women We Buried, Women We Burned

Rachel Snyder
Bloomsbury Publishing, May 2023

A Kirkus Best Nonfiction Title of 2023, Women We Buried, Women We Burned is a piercing account of Rachel Louise Snyder's journey from teenage runaway to reporter on the global epidemic of domestic violence. Women We Buried, Women We Burned is a memoir that embodies the transformative power of resilience.

Graduate Standards in Arts Administration Education

Ximena Varela, editor
Association of Arts Administration Educators, December 2023

Graduate Standards in Arts Administration Education represents the latest thinking on topics in postgraduate education in arts administration, arts management, and cultural management. The standards provide a menu of subject areas and mastery levels that each program can select and apply to its own context, curriculum, and definitions of student success.  

Fauna and Other Plays

By Romina Paula
April Sweeney and Brenda Werth, editors
Seagull Books, Distributed by University of Chicago Press, October 2023

This volume of Fauna and Other Plays brings together the best-known dramatic works of Argentine playwright Romina Paula for the first time in English translation. As a playwright, novelist, actor, and director of theater and film, Paula defies traditional boundaries between the arts, engaging different modes of production, and borrowing freely from the languages of theater, film, dance, photography, and music.  

Onaje X.O. Woodbine
Columbia University Press, November 2022

Take Back What the Devil Stole centers Ms. Donna Haskins’ encounters with the supernatural to offer a powerful narrative of how one woman seeks to reclaim her power from a lifetime of social violence. Both ethnographic and personal, Onaje X. O. Woodbine’s portrait of her spiritual life sheds new light on the complexities of Black women’s religious participation and the lived religion of the dispossessed.