Readings & Resources

This is a curated list of readings and resources connected to the core missions of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies:  fostering interdisciplinary teaching and learning; highlighting effective integrative understanding; examining issues of race-class-gender-sexuality and other forms of difference and similarity; and exploring structural inequalities.

Inclusion of a reading or resource on the list is not an endorsement of it.  The Department welcomes suggestions; email David Fox.

Barker, Jack and Jeffrey Bilbro, Wendell Berry and Higher Education:  Cultivating Virtues of Place (2017)

Barthes, Roland, “From Work to Text,” Image, Music, Text (1977)

Bayoumi, Moustafa, How Does It Feel to be a Problem?  Being Young and Arab in America (2009)

Bloom, Allan, The Closing of the American Mind (1987)

Boaler, Jo, What’s Math Got to Do with It?  Helping Children Learn to Love Their Least Favorite Subject–and Why It’s Important for America (2015)

Brookfield, Stephen and Stephen Preskill, Discussion as a Way of Teaching:  Tools and Techniques for Democratic Classrooms (2005)

Brooks, Peter (ed.), The Humanities and Public Life (2014)

Brown, Wendy, States of Injury (1995)

Buck Pem, Davidson, Worked to the Bone:  Race, Class, Power, and Privilege in Kentucky (2002)

Butler, Judith, Gender Trouble:  Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (1990)

Ceci Stephen and Wendy Williams, Why Aren’t More Women in Science?  Top Researchers Debate the Evidence (2007)

Crenshaw, Kimberlé, On Intersectionality:  Essential Writings (2019)

Coates, Ta-Nehisi, Between the World and Me (2015)

Daston, Lorraine and Peter Galison, Objectivity (2010)

Davies, William, The Happiness Industry:  How the Government and Big Business Sold Us Well-Being (2015)

Davis, Tobias, The Naked I:  Monologues From Beyond the Binary (2013)

Delpit, Lisa, Raising Expectations for Other People’s Children (2013)

Desmond, Matthew, Evicted:  Poverty and Profit in the American City (2016)

du Sautoy, Marcus, The Music of the Primes:  Searching to Solve the Greatest Mystery in Mathematics (2003)

Dunbar-Ortiz, Roxanne, An Indigenous People’s History of the United States (2015)

Ellis, Christopher and James Stimson, Ideology in America (2012)

Erickson, Megan, Class War:  The Privatization of Childhood (2015)

Esposito, John and Dalia Mogahed, Who Speaks for Islam?  What a Billion Muslims Really Think (2008)

Eswaran, Mukesh, Why Gender Matters in Economics (2014)

Fagan, Brian, The Great Warming:  Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations (2009)

Fields, Karen and Barbara, Racecraft:  The Soul of Inequality in American Life (2014)

Fish, Stanley, “Being Interdisciplinary Is So Very Hard To Do,” Profession (1985)

Freire, Paulo, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, (1968)

Gaff, Jerry G. and James L. Ratcliffe, eds., Handbook for the Undergraduate Curriculum:    Comprehensive Guide to Purposes, Structures, Practices, and Change (1997)

Goldhagen, Sarah Williams, Welcome to Your World:  How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives (2017)

Gould, Stephen Jay, The Mismeasure of Man (1996)

Greenblatt, Stephen and Giles Gunn, Redrawing the Boundaries: the Transformation of English and American Literary Studies (1992)

Gyasi, Yaa, Homegoing (2017)

Haider, Asad, Mistaken Identity:  Race and Class in the Age of Trump (2018)

Handelsman, Jo, Scientific Teaching (2006)

Harding, Kate, Asking for It:  the Alarming Rise of Rape Culture–and What We Can Do about It (2015)

Harris-Perry, Melissa, Sister Citizen:  Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America (2013)

Haynes, Carolyn, ed., Innovations in Interdisciplinary Teaching (2002)

Hobbs, Jeff, The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace:  A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League (2014)

hooks, bell, Outlaw Culture:  Resisting Representations (2006)

hooks, bell, Teaching to Transgress:  Education as the Practice of Freedom (1994)

Ioanide, Paula, The Emotional Politics of Racism:  How Feelings Trump Facts in an Era of Colorblindness (2015)

Jacobs, Heidi Hayes, ed., Interdisciplinary Curriculum: Design and Implementation (1989)

Jacobs, Jerry A., In Defense of Disciplines: Interdisciplinarity and Specialization in the Research University (2013)

Katznelson, Ira, When Affirmative Action Was White:  An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America (2006)

Kavoloski, Vincent, “Interdisciplinary Education and Humanistic Aspiration: A Critical Reflection” in Joseph Kockelmans, ed., Interdisciplinarity and Higher Education (1979)

Khan, Shamus, Privilege:  The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul’s School (2012)

Kirk, Russell, The Conservative Mind:  From Burke to Eliot (2008)

Klein, Julie Thompson, Crossing Boundaries: Knowledge, Disciplinarities, and Interdisciplinarities (1996)

Klein, Julie Thompson, Humanities, Culture, and Interdisciplinarity (2005)

Klein, Julie Thompson and William H. Newell, “Advancing Interdisciplinary Studies,” in Gaff and Ratcliff, Handbook

Kolbert, Elizabeth, The Sixth Extinction:  An Unnatural History (2014)

Lilla, Mark, The Once and Future Liberal:  After Identity Politics (2017)

Lipsitz, George, How Racism Takes Place (2011)

Livingstone, Margaret, Vision and Art:  The Biology of Seeing (2002)

Lui, Meizhu and Barbara Robles, The Color of Wealth:  The Story Behind the U.S. Racial Wealth Divide (2006)

Mason, Lilliana, Uncivil Agreement:  How Politics Became Our Identity (2017)

Mitchell, W. J. T., “Interdisciplinarity and Visual Culture,” The Art Bulletin (1995)

Moyn, Samuel, Not Enough:  Human Rights in an Unequal World (2018)

Murray, Charles, Losing Ground:  American Social Policy 1950-1980 (1984)

Newell, William H., “A Theory of Interdisciplinary Studies,” Issues in Integrative Studies (2001)

Nixon, Rob, Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor (2013)

O’Neil, Cathy, Weapons of Math Destruction:  How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy (2016)

Packer, George, The Unwinding:  An Inner History of the New America (2014)

Papert, Seymour, Mindstorms:  Children, Computers, and Powerful Ideas (1980)

Piaget, Jean, Main Trends in Interdisciplinary Research (1973)

Pipher, Mary, Reviving Ophelia:  Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls (2005)

Repko, Allen, Interdisciplinary Research: Process and Theory (2008)

Said, Edward, Culture and Imperialism (1994)

Said, Edward, Orientalism (1979)

Salatin, Joel, The Marvelous Pigness of Pigs:  Respecting and Caring for all God’s Creation” (2017)

Sax, David, The Revenge of Analog:  Real Things and Why They Matter (2017)

Shlain, Leonard, Art & Physics:  Parallel Visions in Space, Time, and Light (2007)

Sowell, Thomas, The Economics and Politics of Race:  an International Perspective  (1985)

Stuurman, Siep, The Invention of Humanity:  Equality and Cultural Difference in World History (2017)

Sussman, Robert, The Myth of Race:  The Troubling Persistence of an Unscientific Idea (2016)

Vance, J. D., Hillbilly Elegy (2016)

Wilson, E. O., Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge (1998)

Zack, Naomi, Thinking About Race (2005)