Skip to main content



A sampling of books by CSU faculty includes those about the gig economy, Filipino musicians and information literacy. ​


Channel Islands
Mexican 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 Islands
Tears, Fire, and Blood: The United States and the Decolonization of Africa
By James H. Meriwether, history professor, CSU Channel Islands
Published 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.


Between Rock and Hard Places: A Mike McHahon Mystery
By Stephen Metzger, emeritus professor of English, Chico State
Published 2021

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 Hills
Instruments 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 Hills
Published 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.


Love Is an Ex-Country
By Randa Jarrar, English professor, Fresno State
Published 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 Beach
The Science of Surfing: A Surfside Girls Guide to the Ocean
By Kim Dwinell, arts lecturer, Cal State Long Beach
Published 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 Angeles
Redefining 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 Angeles
Statistics and Data Science: A Modelin​g Approach
By Ji Y. Son, psychology professor, Cal State LA; and James W. Stigler
Published July 2021

This is an innovative interactive online textbook for teaching introductory statistics and data science in colleges, universities and high schools.


Law, Business, and Society
By Tony McAdams; Kiren Dosanjh Zucker, accounting professor, CSUN; Nancy Neslund; and Kari Smoker
Copyright 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.


Dear Abby, I’m Gay: Newspaper Advice Columnists and Homosexuality in America
By Andrew E. Stoner, associate professor of communication studies, Sacramento State
Published 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 Bernardino
Through 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 Diego
AMEND: 100 Jewelers 100 Years
By Kerianne Quick, associate professor of art and design, San Diego State; and Jess Tolbert
Published 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 Diego
Intercultural 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 Diego
Teaching 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 Francisco
The Complete Poems of San Juan de la Cruz
Translated by Maria Baranda; and Paul Hoover, creative writing professor, San Francisco State
Published 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 Francisco
Literacy 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 José
Slavery, Fatherhood, and Paternal Duty in African American Communities Over the Long Nineteenth Century
By Libra Hilde, associate professor of history, San José State
Published 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 Marcos
Survival Guide for College Graduates
By Fernando Soriano, chair of the Human Development department, CSU San Marcos
Published 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 Marcos
The 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 Wolfson
Published 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.


The 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 State
Published 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.

Links are provided for information only. The CSU does not endorse nor does it profit from the purchase of book sales.

Know someone on your campus or in your community who should or would like to receive CSUniverse? Drop us a note with their email address at​.​