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The New School’s Academic Year in Books 2017-18: Faculty

From the history of fascism and populism to the perversion of America’s self-made man to the ways in which “anxieties of affluence” suppress discussions of income inequality, faculty members confronted a number of pressing social issues in more than 30 books released over the past academic year.

Their books ranges from full-length poetry collections to books for young adult readers to anthologies and critical studies. New School alumni authors were prolific as well.

The following is a list of books by faculty members released over the 2017-18 academic year. It will continue to be updated as more titles are submitted for inclusion (email

Todd Ayoung, Parsons faculty; Liz Slagus, Parsons faculty; Norene Leddy, Associate Director of Faculty Affairs at Open Campus (Contributors)/ Art as Social Action: An Introduction to the Principles and Practices of Teaching Social Practice Art (Allworth Press)

Jonathan Bach, Associate Professor of Global Studies / What Remains: Everyday Encounters with the Socialist Past in Germany (Columbia University Press)

Alexandra Delano Alonso, Associate Professor and Chair of Global Studies / From Here and There (Oxford University Press)

Juliette Cezzar, Assistant Professor of Communication Design/ The AIGA Guide to Careers in Graphic and Communication Design (Bloomsbury Academic)

Simon Critchley, Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy / What We Think About When We Think About Soccer (Penguin Random House)

Philip Dray, faculty in Journalism + Design / The Fair Chase: The Epic Story of Hunting in America (Basic Books)

Federico Finchelstein, Professor of History / From Fascism to Populism in History (University of California Press)

Jennifer Firestone, Assistant Professor of Literary Studies / Gates and Fields (Belladonna)

Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Professor of International Affairs / Millennium Development Goals: Ideas, Interests and Influence (Routledge)

Diana Goetsch, Grace Paley Teaching Fellow / In America (Rattle)

Peter Hoffman, Studley Faculty Fellow, and Thomas G. Weiss / Humanitarianism, War, and Politics: Solferino to Syria and Beyond (Rowman & Littlefield)

Ann Hood, faculty member in Schools of Public Engagement / Morningstar: Growing Up With Books (Norton, W.W. & Company, Inc.)

Jennifer Kabat, faculty in the Arts (Contributor) / Best American Essays, 2018 (Mariner Books)

Ben Katchor, Associate Professor of Illustration (Editor) / The Best American Comics 2017 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Paul A. Kottman, Associate Professor of Literary Studies / Love As Human Freedom (Sanford University Press)

Caspar Lam, Assistant Professor of Communication Design, and YuJune Park, Assistant Professor of Communication Design / Ming Romantic: Collected and Bound (Synoptic Office)

Lana Lin, Director of Undergraduate Media Studies / Freud’s Jaw and Other Lost Objects (Fordham University Press)

Mark Lipton, Professor Of Management / Mean Men: The perversion of America’s Self-Made Man (The Voussoir Press)

Charlene Lau, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Material and Visual Culture (Contributor) / Visual Typologies from the Early Modern to the Contemporary: Local Contexts and Global Practices (Routledge)

Ulrich Lehmann, Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts / Fashion and Materialism (Edinburgh University Press)

Natasha Lennard, Part-Time Faculty Member / Violence: Humans in Dark Times (Editor) (City Lights Open Media)

Shannon Mattern, Associate Professor of Media Studies / Code and Clay, Data and Dirt: Five Thousand Years of Urban Media (University of Minnesota Press).

Patrick McGrath, faculty member in Schools of Public Engagement / The Wardrobe Mistress (Hutchinson)

Timon McPhearson, Associate Professor of Urban Ecology / Urban Planet Knowledge Towards Sustainable Cities (Cambridge University Press)

Carolin Mees, Parsons faculty / Participatory Design and Self-building in Shared Urban Open Spaces Community Gardens and Casitas in New York City (Springer, Urban Agriculture Book Series)

James Miller, Professor of Liberal Studies and Special Advisor to Provost / Lives of the Eminent Philosophers (Editor) (Oxford University Press)

Julia Ott, Associate Professor of History / American Capitalism New Histories (Book Chapter) (Columbia University Press)

Dominic Pettman, Professor of Culture and Media / How Desire Makes Us More and Less Than Human (University of Minnesota Press)

Claire Potter, Professor of History and Executive Editor of Public Seminar (Editor) / Historians on Hamilton: How a Blockbuster Musical Is Restaging America’s Past (Rutgers University Press)

Melissa Rachleff, Parsons faculty / Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952–1965 (Prestel)

David Shapiro, Professor Emeritus of Psychology / A Psychodynamic View of Action and Responsibility: Clinical Studies in Subjective Experience (Routledge)

Rachel Sherman, Associate Professor of Sociology / Uneasy Street: The Anxieties of Affluence  (Princeton University Press)

Rebecca Stenn, faculty in Dance / A Life in Dance: A Practical Guide (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform)

Eugene Thacker, Professor of Media Studies / Infinite Resignation (Penguin Random House)

McKenzie Wark, Professor of Culture and Media / Twenty-One Thinkers for the Twenty First Century (Verso Books)

Terry Williams, Professor of Sociology (Co-author) / On Ethnography (Wiley)

Val Vinokur, Associate Professor of Literary Studies / The Essential Fictions of Isaac Babel: New Translations by Val Vinokur (Northwestern University Press)

Robin Wagner-Pacifici, University in Exile Professor of Sociology / What is an Event? (University of Chicago Press)

Thomas Werner, Assistant Professor of Photography / The Fashion Image: Planning and Producing Fashion Photographs and Films (Bloomsbury Visual Arts)

Marlisa Wise, Parsons faculty member, and Benedict Clouette / Forms of Aid: Architectures of Humanitarian Space (Birkhauser) 

Samantha Zighelboim, Parsons faculty / The Fat Sonnets (Argos Books)

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