More Faculty Books

By Maria Blackburn


Taxing the Poor: Doing Damage to the Truly Disadvantaged (The Aaron Wildavsky Forum for the Public Policy)
University of California Press, 2011
By Katherine S. Newman
James B. Knapp Dean, Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

This book looks at the way we tax the poor in the United States, particularly in the American South, where poor families are often subject to income taxes, and where regressive sales taxes apply even to food for home consumption. Katherine S. Newman and Rourke L. O’Brien argue that these policies contribute in unrecognized ways to poverty-related problems like obesity, early mortality, the high school dropout rates, teen pregnancy, and crime. They show how, decades before California’s passage of Proposition 13, many southern states implemented legislation that makes it almost impossible to raise property or corporate taxes, a pattern now growing in the western states. Taxing the Poor demonstrates how sales taxes intended to replace the missing revenue–taxes that at first glance appear fair–actually punish the poor and exacerbate the very conditions that drove them into poverty in the first place.

Honest Outlaws: Sala, Ray, Marioni, Gordon
Yale University Press, 2011
By Michael Fried
J.R. Boone Chair in the Humanities

In this strongly argued and characteristically original book, Michael Fried considers the work of four contemporary artists—video artist and photographer Anri Sala, sculptor Charles Ray, painter Joseph Marioni, and video artist and intervener in movies Douglas Gordon. He shows how their respective projects are best understood as engaging in a variety of ways with some of the core themes and issues associated with high modernism, and indeed with its prehistory in French painting and art criticism from Diderot on.

Do the Jews Have a Future in America?
Verbis Press, 2010
By Benjamin Ginsberg David H. Bernstein Professor, Political Science

In this book, Ginsberg engages the reader with an in-depth analysis into the subject of why Jews wield a good deal of power in contemporary America but cannot assume this to be a permanent state of affairs.

Judaism and Christian Art:
Aesthetic Anxieties from the Catacombs to Colonialism

University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011
Edited by Herbert Kessler, Professor, History of Art

The 13 essays in Judaism and Christian Art reveal that Christian art has always defined itself through the figures of Judaism that it produces. This volume is the first dedicated to the long history, from the catacombs to colonialism but with special emphasis on the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, of the ways in which Christian art deployed cohorts of “Jews”—more figurative than real—in order to conquer, defend, and explore its own territory.

Spinoza’s ‘Theological-Political Treatise’: A Critical Guide
Princeton University
Oxford University Press, 2010
Edited by Yitzhak Melamed
Associate Professor, Philosophy

Spinoza’s Theological-Political Treatise was published anonymously in 1670 and immediately provoked huge debate. This new critical guide presents essays by well-known scholars in the field and covers a broad range of topics, including the political theory and the metaphysics of the work.

Hegel’s Conscience
Oxford University Press, 2011
By Dean Moyar
Associate Professor, Philosophy

Moyar provides a new interpretation of the ethical theory of G.W.F. Hegel. The aim is not only to give a new interpretation for specialists in German Idealism, but also to provide an analysis that makes Hegel’s ethics accessible for all scholars working in ethical and political philosophy.

The Matter of Capital: Poetry and Crisis in the American Century
Harvard University
Press, 2011
By Christopher Nealon
Professor, English

In this highly original reexamination of North American poetry in English, from Ezra Pound to the present day, Christopher Nealon demonstrates that the most vital writing of the period is deeply concerned with capitalism.

The Selected Poems of Amy Clampitt
Alfred A. Knopf, 2010
Edited by Mary Jo Salter
Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and Professor, Writing Seminars

When Amy Clampitt’s first collection, The Kingfisher, was published, it was
hailed as that rare first book that “signals a major poet in full bloom” (Los Angeles Times). Its author was 63 years old. Over the next 11 years, Clampitt produced four additional major collections. Now, the most essential poems from these five volumes are gathered together.