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Recent and Upcoming Faculty Books

book cover of masculinity in transitionDr. Allison Hammer's (Assistant Professor; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies) monograph Masculinity in Transition will be published by the University of Minnesota Press, and will be available on October 17th. (From the publisher): Focusing on “toxic masculinity,” which has assumed new valence since 2016, K. Allison Hammer traces its roots to a complex set of ideologies embedded in the histories of settler colonialism, racial capitalism, and political fraternity, and finds that while toxic strains of masculinity are mainly associated with straight, white men, trans and queer masculinities can be implicated in these systems of power.


book cover of xenolinguisticsDr. Jeff Punske (Associate Professor, Linguistics) co-edited Xenolinguistics: Towards a Science of Extraterrestrial Language, published by Routledge and available in September, 2023. (From the publisher): Xenolinguistics brings together biologists, anthropologists, linguists, and other experts specializing in language and communication to explore what non-human, non-Earthbound language might look like. The 18 chapters examine what is known about human language and animal communication systems to provide reasonable hypotheses about what we may find if we encounter non-Earth intelligence.



Sensationalism and the Jew book coverDr. David Anthony's (Professor, Early American Literature) upcoming book: Sensationalism and the Jew in Antebellum American Literature will be published by Oxford University Press in September, 2023. (From the publisher): This book contends that, as the figure who embodies money and capitalism in the antebellum imagination, the sensational Jew is the character who most fully represents a felt anxiety about the increasingly unstable nature of a range of social categories in the antebellum US, and the sense of loss and self-hatred so often lurking in the background of modern Gentile identity.



Transimperial Anxieties book coverDr. José Najar's (Assistant Professor, History) book was recently published by the University of Nebraska Press: Transimperial Anxieties: The Making and Unmaking of Arab Ottomans in São Paulo, Brazil, 1850-1940. (From the publisher): In Transimperial Anxieties José D. Najar analyzes how overlapping transimperial processes of migration and return, community conflicts, and social adaption shaped the gendered, racial, and ethnic identity politics surrounding Arab Ottoman subjects and their descendants in Brazil. 



Confidence book coverDr. Rafael Frumkin's (Assistant Professor, Creative Writing) second book was published in March, 2023 by Simon & Schuster: Confidence. (From the publisher): Best friends (and occasional lovers) Ezra and Orson are teetering on top of the world after founding a company that promises instant enlightenment in this “propulsive, cheeky, eat-the-rich page-turner” (The Washington Post) about scams, schemes, and the absurdity of the American Dream.