A sampling of books by CSU faculty includes those about the gig economy, Filipino musicians and information literacy.
Channel IslandsMexican Americans With Moxie: A Transgenerational History of the El Movimiento Chicano in Ventura County, California, 1945-1976 By Frank P. Barajas, history professor, CSU Channel Islands
Published August 2021
The author explores the politics of the Chicana/o residents in Ventura County in the 1960s and 1970s as the nation struggled toward social justice. Barajas zeroes in on Ventura County Mexican American activism against a backdrop of national issues such as the Vietnam War, school desegregation and labor politics.
Channel IslandsTears, Fire, and Blood: The United States and the Decolonization of Africa By James H. Meriwether, history professor, CSU Channel IslandsPublished October 2021
“Tears, Fire, and Blood” offers a sweeping history of how the United States responded to decolonization in Africa. The author explores how Washington, D.C., grappling with national security interests and racial prejudices, veered between strengthening African nationalist movements seeking majority rule and independence and bolstering anticommunist European allies seeking to maintain white rule.
ChicoBetween Rock and Hard Places: A Mike McHahon Mystery By Stephen Metzger, emeritus professor of English, Chico State
A private investigator looks into the possible murder of the drummer of a popular ’70s American rock group who just completed his memoir of days with the band.
Dominguez HillsInstruments of Empire: Filipino Musicians, Black Soldiers, and Military Band Music During U.S. Colonization of the Philippines By Mary Talusan, assistant professor of Asian-Pacific studies, CSU Dominguez HillsPublished August 2021
The untold story of the Philippine Constabulary Band offers a unique opportunity to examine the limits and porousness of America’s racial ideologies, exploring musical pleasure at the intersection of Euro-American cultural hegemony, racialization and U.S. colonization of the Philippines.
FresnoLove Is an Ex-Country By Randa Jarrar, English professor, Fresno StatePublished February 2021
Randa Jarrar is a fearless voice of dissent who has been called “politically incorrect” (Michelle Goldberg, The New York Times). As an American raised for a time in Egypt, and finding herself captivated by the story of a celebrated Egyptian belly dancer’s journey across the United States in the 1940s, she sets off from her home in California to her parents’ in Connecticut.Coloring this road trip are journeys abroad and recollections of a life lived with daring. Jarrar offers a bold look at domestic violence, single motherhood and sexuality through the lens of the punished-yet-triumphant body.
Long BeachThe Science of Surfing: A Surfside Girls Guide to the Ocean By Kim Dwinell, arts lecturer, Cal State Long BeachPublished October 2021
Join best friends Sam and Jade—and Sam’s little brother Peet—as they explore the awesome world of ocean science. From physics to marine biology to surfing lessons, there’s a lot middle-schoolers can learn.
Los AngelesRedefining Murder, Transforming Emotion: An Exploration of Forgiveness After Loss Due to Homicide By Kristen Discola, sociology professor, Cal State LA
Published November 2020
Offering insights based on years of original research, the author investigates the ideas and experiences of individuals who have lost loved ones to homicide to advance our understanding of the emotional transformation of forgiveness.
Los AngelesStatistics and Data Science: A Modeling Approach By Ji Y. Son, psychology professor, Cal State LA; and James W. StiglerPublished July 2021
This is an innovative interactive online textbook for teaching introductory statistics and data science in colleges, universities and high schools.
NorthridgeLaw, Business, and Society By Tony McAdams; Kiren Dosanjh Zucker, accounting professor, CSUN; Nancy Neslund; and Kari SmokerCopyright 2022
Elements of law, economics, international business, ethics, social responsibility and management help students build a logical understanding of the regulatory process. Contemporary legal and ethical conflicts emerging from today’s news and research provoke students to think deeply about the law.
SacramentoDear Abby, I’m Gay: Newspaper Advice Columnists and Homosexuality in America By Andrew E. Stoner, associate professor of communication studies, Sacramento StatePublished July 2021
The book examines the function of newspaper advice columns such as Ann Landers, Dear Abby, Dr. Joyce Brothers and Ask Beth regarding the place of LGBTQ people in America and what role they played in forming public opinion of homosexuality.
San BernardinoThrough a Native Lens: American Indian Photography By Nicole Strathman, art and design lecturer, Cal State San Bernardino
Published March 2020
The book offers a refreshing perspective by highlighting the active contributions of North American Indians, both as patrons who commissioned portraits and as photographers who created collections.
San DiegoAMEND: 100 Jewelers 100 Years By Kerianne Quick, associate professor of art and design, San Diego State; and Jess TolbertPublished February 2021
AMEND commemorates the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, also known as women’s suffrage. This exhibition brings to the forefront the continued fight for true universal suffrage by promoting and supporting initiatives that combat voter suppression and advocate for expanding voting rights while recognizing the work of the suffragists. This catalog documents the original, fully online exhibition that took place in October and November of 2020 at amend exhibition-dot-com.
San DiegoIntercultural Memories: Contesting Places, Spaces, and Stories Edited by Ahmet Atay; Yea-Wen Chen, associate professor of communication, San Diego State; and Alberto González
Published March 2021
Collective remembering is an important way that communities name and make sense of the past. Places and stories about the past influence how communities remember the past, how they try to preserve it or in some cases how they try to erase it. The research in this edited book offers key insights into how places and memories intersect with intercultural conflicts, oppressions and struggles by which communities make sense of, deal with and reconcile the past.
San DiegoTeaching Social Justice: Critical Tools for the Intercultural Communication Classroom By Brandi Lawless; and Yea-Wen Chen, associate professor of communication, San Diego State
Published August 2021
This book—recognizing how emotionally or intellectually heavy the intercultural communication classroom can be—serves as a pedagogical guide that presents conceptual overviews, student activities and strategies for teaching intercultural communication. The authors focus on eight topics, including communicating power and privilege, community engagement in social justice and assessing intercultural pedagogies for social justice.
San FranciscoThe Complete Poems of San Juan de la Cruz Translated by Maria Baranda; and Paul Hoover, creative writing professor, San Francisco StatePublished April 2021
Hoover collaborated with Mexican poet María Baranda to create this bilingual edition of 16th century poems inspired by the biblical Song of Songs. Publishers Weekly called it “a satisfying book of extremes.”
San FranciscoLiteracy and Pedagogy in an Age of Misinformation and Disinformation Edited by Tara Lockhart, English language and literature professor, San Francisco State; Brenda Glascott; Chris Warnick; Juli Parrish; and Justin Lewis
Published June 2021
Available for free download, this book includes essays and interviews with experts on information literacy from education, activism, journalism and more. San Francisco State Senior Assistant Librarian Nicole Allensworth contributes a chapter on the role of librarians and a bevy of critical information literacy strategies.
San JoséSlavery, Fatherhood, and Paternal Duty in African American Communities Over the Long Nineteenth Century By Libra Hilde, associate professor of history, San José StatePublished October 2020
This book explores manhood and fatherhood during and after the era of slavery, using archived and published accounts of the oral histories of former enslaved African Americans. Hilde shares the story of the “quietly heroic efforts that enslaved men undertook to be fathers” and what effect that had on their children and themselves.
San MarcosSurvival Guide for College Graduates By Fernando Soriano, chair of the Human Development department, CSU San MarcosPublished April 2021
This manual guides readers on how to navigate their careers during ups and downs in the economy or during recessions. Readers learn how to prepare for challenges related to job scarcity as well as how to compete successfully for professional positions within their field. Readers are encouraged to recognize their worth in the job market and identify their competitive skill sets.
San MarcosThe Gig Economy: Workers and Media in the Age of Convergence Edited by Brian Dolber, assistant professor of communications, CSU San Marcos; Michelle Rodino-Colocino; Chenjerai Kumanyika; and Todd WolfsonPublished May 2021
This edited collection examines the gig economy in the age of convergence from a critical political economic perspective. Contributions explore how media, technology and labor are converging to create new modes of production—and new modes of resistance. From rideshare drivers in Los Angeles to domestic workers in Delhi, from sex work to podcasting, this book draws together research that examines the gig economy's exploitation of workers and their resistance.
StanislausThe Misogynistic Backlash Against Women-Strong Films By Dana Schowalter; Shannon Stevens, associate professor of English and co-director of Creative Media department, Stanislaus State; and Daniel Horvath, part-time communications studies faculty, Stanislaus StatePublished November 2021
This book is an exploration of the political struggle for visibility engendered by the growing number of women-centered popular films and a critical analysis of the intensifying misogynistic backlash that have accompanied such advances in the depiction of women on screen.
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