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Legacies of Losing in American Politics

By Jeffrey K. Tulis and Nicole Mellow, Professor of Political Science. University of Chicago Press, January 2018. With Legacies of Losing in American Politics, Jeffrey K. Tulis and Nicole Mellow rethink three pivotal moments in American political history: the founding, when anti-Federalists failed to stop the ratification of… Continue reading »


By Magnus Bernhardsson, Brown Professor of History and Faculty Affiliate in Arabic Studies, Leadership Studies and Religion. Eymundsson, March, 2018. In Icelandic. Professor Bernhardsson’s description: “It is about the modern Middle East written for the general audience and is based on my History 207 course at Williams. There… Continue reading »

The Republic of Arabic Letters: Islam and the European Enlightenment

By Alexander Bevilacqua, Assistant Professor of History. Harvard University Press (Belknap), February 2018. Drawing on Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, and Latin sources, Alexander Bevilacqua’s rich intellectual history retraces the routes—both mental and physical—that Christian scholars traveled to acquire, study, and comprehend Arabic manuscripts. The knowledge they generated… Continue reading »

Who Speaks For Nature? On the Politics of Science

By Laura Ephraim, Assistant Professor of Political Science. University of Pennsylvania Press, November 2017. Who Speaks for Nature? opens a novel conversation between political theory, science, and technology studies and augments existing efforts by feminists, environmentalists, and democratic theorists to challenge the traditional binary separating nature and politics. Continue reading »

Kiss Me Someone

By Karen Shepard ’87, Senior Lecturer in English. Tin House Books, September 2017. Available on Amazon. Kiss Me Someone is inhabited by women who walk the line between various states: adolescence and adulthood, stability and uncertainty, selfishness and compassion. They navigate the obstacles that come with… Continue reading »

The Myth of Disenchantment

By Jason Josephson-Storm, Associate Professor of Religion. University of Chicago Press, May 2017. A great many theorists have argued that the defining feature of modernity is that people no longer believe in spirits, myths, or magic. Jason Ā. Josephson-Storm argues that as broad cultural history goes, this narrative is… Continue reading »

The World to Come: Stories

By Jim Shepard, J. Leland Miller Professor of American History, Literature, and Eloquence. Penguin Random House, February 2017. These ten stories ring with voices belonging to–among others–English Arctic explorers in one of history’s most nightmarish expeditions, a young contemporary American negotiating the shockingly underreported hazards of our… Continue reading »

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