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.

Alexander, Michelle, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (2010)

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)

Bell, Derrick, Faces At The Bottom Of The Well: The Permanence of Racism (1992)

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, In the Ruins of Neoliberalism: the Rise of Antidemocratic Politics in the West (2019)

Brown, Wendy, States of Injury (1995)

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

Butler, Judith, The Force of Non-Violence (2020)

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

Carter, Prudence and Kevin Welner, Closing the Opporunity Gap: What America Must Do to Give Every Child an Even Chance (2013)

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

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

Collins, Patricia Hill, Intersectionality (2016)

Cooper, Brittney, Eloquent Rage: a Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower (2019)

Crenshaw, Kimberlé, et. al. (editor), Critical Race Theory:  The Key Writings that Formed the Movement (1995)

Daston, Lorraine and Peter Galison, Objectivity (2010)

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

Davis, Angela, et. al. Against Police Violence: Writers of Conscience Speak Out (2020)

Davis, Angela, Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement (2016)

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)

DiAngelo, Robin, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism (2018)

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)

Ho, Karen, Liquidated: an Ethnography of Wall Street (2009)

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

hooks, bell, Killing Rage: Ending Racism (1996)

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)

Jack, Anthony, The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students (2019)

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)

Kendi, Ibram X., How to be an Antiracist, (2019)

Kendi, Ibram X., Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (2016)

Kennedy, Randall, For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law (2015)

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

Khan-Cullors, Patrisse, When They Call You a Terrorist (2017)

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)

Lareau, Annette, Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life (2011)

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)

Macaré, Joe, et. al. (editor), Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? Police Violence and Resistance in the United States (2016)

Marcus, Hazel Rose, Doing Race: 21 Essays for the 21st Century (2010)

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

Mbembe, Achille, Critique of Black Reason (2017)

Mbembe, Achille, Necropolitics (2019)

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

Moore Jr., Eddie, Ali Michael, and Marguerite W. Penick-Parks, The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys (2018)

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

Nash, Jennifer, Black Feminism Reimagined: After Intersectionliaty (2019)

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

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

Oliver, Melvin & Thomas Shapiro, Black Wealth/White Wealth: A New Perspective on Racial Inequality (2006)

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)

Ransby, Barbara, Making All Black Lives Matter: Reimaging Freedom (2018)

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)

Tatum, Beverly, “What Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” (1977)

Thiong’o, Ngugi wa, Wrestling with the Devil: a prison memoir (2018)

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

Zack, Naomi, Thinking About Race (2005)

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