Faculty In Print
By Laura Janota
New books by Roosevelt University faculty members have hit the stands on topics ranging from psychological testing to politics and from fashion to science fiction.
In November, James Choca, professor of psychology and chair of the Department of Psychology at Roosevelt, published a groundbreaking informational book intended for psychology students as well as professional clinical psychologists. The Rorschach Inkblot Test: An Interpretive Guide for Clinicians offers insights and advice on using the test when diagnosing psychoses.
“It’s meant to be a textbook for use in the classroom and also for those outside the classroom who need to know how to interpret this very significant test,” said Choca, an expert on the test and what its results say about personalities and emotional states. it is the first book of its kind to offer instruction as well as guidelines that can be used to measure and interpret psychological responses to inkblots, Choca said.
Paul Green, the Arthur Rubloff Professor of Policy Studies and director of the institute for Politics, published in January a fourth edition book he co-edited about Chicago mayors.
Green’s book, The Mayors: The Chicago Political Tradition, which has been sold out in each of its prior three editions, features the first comprehensive analysis of the election of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The book chapter, “Rahm Emanuel: Beginning of a New Mayoral era in Chicago” is written by Green. Also featured in the book is an essay on the city of Chicago’s budget woes, which is authored by Civic Federation President Laurence Msall.
“This book is the primer on Chicago mayoral politics starting with the late 19th Century and up to the present, and every elected Chicago mayor is in the book, including Emanuel,” said Green.
Speaking of Chicago, a new book that looks at the role that planning has played in the city’s development as a global city, Planning Chicago by Roosevelt professor D. Bradford Hunt and Marshall Bennett institute of real estate Director Jon DeVries was released in April for the American Planning Association’s national planning conference in Chicago.
Planning Chicago looks beyond the shadow of Daniel Burnham to tell the real stories of planners, politicians and everyday people who helped shape contemporary Chicago, beginning in 1958. Published by APA Planners Press, the 336-page book explores how planning developed the Loop, the Chicago lakefront, industrial areas as well as neighborhoods, along the way defining a city that has emerged, unlike many others, with a postindustrial future.
Fashion Talks: Undressing the Power of Style, contains 14 essays co-edited by Marjorie Jolles, associate professor of women’s and gender studies and Shira Tarrant, associate professor at California State University.
The book was selected as one of Feminist Magazine’s “Fem Mag reads” and a top book of fall 2012 by the website Policy Mic. “who knew getting dressed in the morning was so political? Anyone interested in pop culture, fashion trends or gender studies is bound to enjoy this anthology,” according to Policy Mic.
The book includes an essay by Jolles, “Stylish Contradiction: Mix-and-Match as the Fashion of Feminist Ambivalence,” which in part analyzes the mix-and-match nature of First Lady Michelle Obama’s approach to fashion.
Gary Wolfe, professor of humanities and English, is editor of American Science Fiction: Nine Classic Novels of the 1950s, a Library of America two-volume set of nine “Outsider” science fiction novels.
“Many of these novels are classics and some of them have not been in print since the paperback original,” said Wolfe, a foremost expert on American science fiction who spent three years working on the book. “The finished product is absolutely gorgeous – a library-quality collection that speaks to the importance of science fiction as literature.”
Last fall brought the long-awaited release of The Politics of Harry Potter by Roosevelt Associate Professor of Political Science Bethany Barratt.
This “lively, engaging study shows us how the wizarding world incorporates the same political dynamics and histories as our own, and how politics can be used to save as well as destroy,” writes Nancy Reagin, a Pace University history professor and editor of Harry Potter and History. The book is “a detailed, imaginative exploration of how political authority is established, maintained and challenged… and how war is waged and power is exercised,” according to Reagin.
Roosevelt Associate Professor of History Erik Gellman won the Southern Historical Association’s national H.L. Mitchell Book Award in November for The Gospel of the Working Class: Labor’s Southern Prophets in New Deal America.
Co-authored by Gellman and Jarod roll, associate professor of history at the University of Mississippi, the book has been praised for the way it “skillfully blends intellectual and labor history to yield new insight into the everyday struggles of both farm and industrial workers during the 1930s and 1940s.”