Ithaca College Quarterly 2005/1
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Politics Profs Publish

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The politics department celebrates its own: (front row) Beth Harris, Asma Barlas, Zillah Eisenstein, Peyi Soyinka-Airewele; (second row) V. P. "Chip" Gagnon Jr., Charles Venator Santiago, Juan Arroyo, Tom Shevory, Marty Brownstein, Don Beachler, Naeem Inayatullah, and Alex Moon. Emeritus professor Harvey Fireside is not in the photo.

Six current and one emeritus member of the Department of Politics published books in the last year on an array of topics: feminist theory, international relations theory, war and ethnic conflict, the politics of religion, media studies, and law. All are interdisciplinary in approach and content, and are important scholarly contributions that are garnering wide attention. Several of them have been reviewed by national newspapers and academic journals.

The authors and their new works:

  • Asma Barlas, Islam, Muslims, and the U.S.: Essays on Religion and Politics (Global Media)
  • Zillah Eisenstein, Against Empire: Feminism, Racisms, and "the" West (Zed)
  • Harvey Fireside, Separate and Unequal: Homer Plessy and the Supreme Court Decision That Legalized Racism (Carroll and Graf)
  • V. P. Gagnon Jr., The Myth of Ethnic War: Serbia and Croatia in the 1990s (Cornell University Press)
  • Beth Harris, Defending the Right to a Home: The Power of Anti-Poverty Lawyers (Ashgate)
  • Naeem Inayatullah, International Relations and the Problem of Difference (Routledge)
  • Thomas Shevory, Notorious H.I.V.: The Media Spectacle of Nushawn Williams (University of Minnesota Press)

Professor and department chair Shevory points out, "The politics department has a long tradition of innovative research projects being published in major presses and academic journals. We see our work as intricately tied to our teaching interests. The close interconnection of teaching and scholarship has long been a defining feature of the department, as has an engagement with an array of pressing national and global issues."

Photo by John Clisham '02

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