Faculty Publications

This is a sample listing of current faculty's recent book publications.  Please see selected faculty's CV for full list of publications.


  • Bioinsecurities by Neel Ahuja

    Bioinsecurities - Neel Ahuja

    Ahuja offers five historical cases that demonstrate how US empire has shaped scientific research, public health policy, and media representations of infectious disease. He shows how the circulation of “racial fears of disease” and the “gothic risk of interspecies contact” have been used during the last 150 years to justify US interventions in Hawaii, Panama, Puerto Rico, Iraq, and Guantanamo Bay.
  • Intimate Politics by Bettina Aptheker

    Intimate Politics - Bettina Aptheker

    A gripping and beautifully rendered memoir, Intimate Politics is at its core the story of one woman's struggle to still the demons of her personal world while becoming a controversial public figure herself.  This is the story of childhood trauma and the triumph over one's past.
  • The Morning Breaks by Bettina Aptheker

    The Morning Breaks - Bettina Aptheker

    First published in 1975, and praised by The Nation for its "graphic narrative of [Davis'] legal and public fight," The Morning Breaks remains relevant today as the nation contends with the political fallout of the Sixties and the grim consequences of institutional racism.
  • For the Record by Anjali Arondekar

    For the Record - Anjali Arondekar

    Anjali Arondekar considers the relationship between sexuality and the colonial archive by posing the following questions: Why does sexuality (still) seek its truth in the historical archive?  What are the spacial and temporal logics that compel such a return?  And conversely, what kind of "archive" does such a recuperative hermeneutics produce?
  • Surrogate Humanity by Neda Atanasoski

    Surrogate Humanity - Neda Atanasoski and Kalindi Vora

    Surrogate Humanity: Race, Robots, and the Politics of Technological Futures analyzes myriad technologies, from sex robots and military drones to sharing-economy platforms, to show how how liberal structrues of antiblackness, settler colonialism, and patriarchy are fundamental to human-machine interactions, as well as the very definition of human.
  • Humanitarian Violence by Neda Atanasoski

    Humanitarian Violence - Neda Atanasoski

    Humanitarian Violence considers U.S. militarism during the Vietnam War, the Soviet-Afghan War, and the 1990s wars of secession in the former Yugoslavia. Neda Atanasoski reveals a system of postsocialist imperialism based on humanitarian ethics, identifying a discourse of race that focuses on ideological and cultural differences and makes postsocialist and Islamic nations the targets of U.S. disciplining violence.
  • Meeting the Universe Halfway by Karen Barad

    Meeting the Universe Halfway - Karen Barad

    Meeting the Universe Halfway is an ambitious book with far-reaching implications for numerous field in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.  In this volume, Karen Barad, theoretical physicist and feminist theorist, elaborates her theory of agential realism.
  • Black Popular Culture by Gina Dent

    Black Popular Culture - Edited by Gina Dent

    The latest publication in the award-winning Discussions in Contemporary Culture series, Black Popular Culture gathers together an extraordinary array of critics, scholars, and cultural producers.  30 essays explore and debate current directions in film, television, music, writing, and other cultural forms as created by or with the participation of black artists.
  • Kwaito Bodies by Xavier Livermon

    Kwaito Bodies by Xavier Livermon

    In Kwaito Bodies, Xavier Livermon examines the cultural politics of the youthful black body in South Africa through the performance, representation, and consumption of kwaito, a style of electronic dance music that emerged following the end of apartheid. Drawing on fieldwork in Johannesburg's nightclubs and analyses of musical performances and recordings, Livermon applies a black queer and black feminist studies framework to kwaito.
  • Queen for a Day by Marcia Ochoa

    Queen for a Day - Marcia Ochoa

    Venezuela has won more international beauty contests than any other country. In this ethnography, Marcia Ochoa considers how femininities are produced, performed, and consumed in the mass-media spectacles of international beauty pageants, on the runways of the Miss Venezuela contest, and on the well-traveled Caracas avenue where transgender women (transformistas) project themselves into the urban imaginary.
  • Love and Empire by Felicity Amaya Schaeffer

    Love and Empire - Felicity Amaya Schaeffer

    The spread of the internet is remaking marriage markets, altering the process of courtship and the geographic trajectory of intimacy in the 21st century.  For some Latin American women and U.S. men, the advent of the cybermarriage industry offers new opportunities for remaking themselves and their futures, overthrowing the common narrative of trafficking and exploitation.
  • Because When God Is Too Busy by Gina Athena Ulysse

    Because When God Is Too Busy by Gina Athena Ulysse

    Because When God Is Too Busy: Haiti, Me, & The World, is a collection of poems, performance texts, and photographs that explores longing for a sacred and ancestral past—now entangled by Western and postcolonial inheritances. Both lyrical and meditative, Gina Athena Ulysse's work is “a poetic journey through silence, rebellious rage, love, and the sacred.” In it, Ulysse blurs the lines between genre and medium, as well as the personal and geopolitical.