Princeton Faculty and Emeritus Faculty Books

The following books were written by faculty and emeritus faculty. They are organized by year and listed alphabetically by the faculty member's last name.

Published in 2021

Emmanuel Kreike, History, “Scorched Earth: Environmental Warfare as a Crime against Humanity and Nature”

Published in 2020

Yelena Baraz, Classics, “Reading Roman Pride (Emotions of the Past)” 

David A. Bell, History, “Men on Horseback:  The Power of Charisma in the Age of Revolution”

Anne Case and Angus Deaton, Economics, “Deaths of Despair”

Jacob S. Dlamini, History, “The Terrorist Album:  Apartheid’s Insurgents, Collaborators, and the Security Police”

Hal Foster, Art and Archaeology, “What Comes after Farce

Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., African American Studies, “Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own”

Michael D. Gordin, History, “The Age of Hiroshima” and “Einstein in Bohemia”

Anthony T. Grafton, History, “Inky Fingers: The Making of Books in Early Modern Europe”

Harold James, History, “Making a Modern Central Bank: The Bank of England 1979-2003”

Claudia Johnson, English Literature, “30 Great Myths about Jane Austen”

Joyce Carol Oates, Creative Writing, “Cardiff, by the Sea:  Four Novellas of Suspense”

Lyman Page, Physics, “The Little Book of Cosmology”

James Peebles, Science and Physics, “Cosmology’s Century: An Inside History of Our Modern Understanding of the Universe”

Laurence Ralph, Anthropology, “The Torture Letters: Reckoning with Police Violence”

Marina Rustow, Near Eastern Studies, “The Lost Archive: Traces of a Caliphate in a Cairo Synagogue”

D. Vance Smith, English, “Arts of Dying: Literature and Finitude in Medieval England”

Robert Wuthnow, Sociology, “What Happens When We Practice Religion? Textures of Devotion in Everyday Life”

Julian Zelizer, History and Public Affairs, “Burning Down the House: Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party”

Published in 2019

Ruha Benjamin, African American Studies, "Captivating Technology: Race, Carceral Technoscience, and Liberatory Imagination in Everyday Life"

Carles Boix, Politics and Public Affairs, "Democratic Capitalism at the Crossroads: Technological Change and the Future of Politics"

Marina Brownlee, Spanish and Portuguese, “Cervantes' Persiles and the Travails of Romance”

Anne Cheng, English and American Studies, "Ornamentalism"

Katie Chenoweth, French and Italian, “The Prosthetic Tongue: Printing Technology and the Rise of the French Language”

Chih-p’ing Chou, East Asian Studies, "Eyes on China: An Intermediate-Advanced Reader of Modern Chinese"

Jo Dunkley, Physics and Astrophysical Sciences, "Our Universe: An Astronomer"s Guide"

Yaacob Dweck, History, "Dissident Rabbi: The Life of Jacob Sasportas"

Harry Frankfurt, Philosophy, "The Reasons of Love"

Paul Frymer, Politics, "Building an American Empire: The Era of Territorial and Political Expansion"

Tod Hamilton, Sociology, "Immigration and the Remaking of Black America"

Agustin Fuentes, Anthropology, “Why We Believe: Evolution and the Human Way of Being”

Tera W. Hunter, History, “Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century”

William Chester Jordan, History, "The Apple of His Eye: Converts from Islam in the Reign of Louis IX"

Atul Kohli, Politics and International Affairs, “Imperialism and the Developing World:  How Britain and the United States Shaped the Global Periphery”

Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer, History, "Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974"

Yiyun Li, Creative Writing, "Where Reasons End: A Novel"

Michael Oppenheimer, Geosciences and International Affairs, "Discerning Experts: The Practices of Scientific Assessment for Environmental Policy"

Imani Perry, African American Studies, "Breathe: A Letter to my Sons"

Markus Prior, Politics and Public Affairs, "Hooked: How Politics Captures People's Interest"

Laurence Ralph, Anthropology, "Torture Letters: Reckoning with Police Violence"

Ken Steiglitz, Computer Science, "The Discrete Charm of the Machine: Why the World Became Digital"

Paul Steinhardt, Physics, “The Second Kind of Impossible: The Extraordinary Quest for a New Form of Matter”

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, African American Studies, "Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership"

Frederick Wherry, Sociology, "Credit Where It's Due: Rethinking Financial Citizenship"

Stacy Wolf, Theater, “Beyond Broadway: The Pleasure and Promise of Musical Theatre Across America”

Published in 2018

Alan Blinder, Economics and Public Affairs, "Advice and Dissent: Why America Suffers When Economics & Politics Collide"

David Cannadine, History, "The Country House Past, Present, Future: Great Houses of The British Isles"

Stanley Corngold, German and Comparative Literature, "Walter Kaufmann: Philosopher, Humanist, Heretic"

Marc Fleurbaey, Economics, Humanistic Studies and Public Affairs, "A Manifesto for Social Progress: Ideas for a Better Society"

Eddie Glaude, Religion, "An Uncommon Faith: A Pragmatic Approach to the Study of African American Religion"

Robert Gunning, Mathematics, "An Introduction to Analysis"

Andrew James Hamilton, Art and Archaeology, "Scale of the Incas"

Hendrik Hartog, History, "The Trouble with Minna"

Kosuke Imai, Politics, "Quantitative Social Science"

Claudia L. Johnson, English Literature, "The Beautifull Cassandra: A Novel in Twelve Chapters"

Brian W. Kernighan, Computer Science, "Millions, Billions, Zillions: Defending Yourself in a World of Too Many Numbers"

Erika Lorraine Milam, History, "Creatures of Cain: The Hunt for Human Nature in Cold War America"

Imani Perry, African American Studies, "May We Forever Stand: A History of the Black National Anthem"

Philip Pettit, University Center for Human Values, “The Birth of Ethics: Reconstructing the Role and Nature of Morality”

Daniel T. Rodgers, History, "As a City on a Hill: The Story of America's Most Famous Lay Sermon"

Jacob N. Shapiro, Politics and International Affairs, "Small Wars, Big Data: The Information Revolution in Modern Conflict"

Patrick Sharkey, Sociology and Public Affairs, “Uneasy Peace: The Great Crime Decline, the Renewal of City Life, and the Next War on Violence”

Tracy K. Smith, Creative Writing, "Wade in the Water: Poems"

Sean Wilentz, American History, "No Property In Man: Slavery and Antislavery at the Nation's Founding"

Robert Wuthnow, Sociology, “The Left Behind: Decline and Rage in Rural America” 

Keren Yarhi-Milo, Politics and International Affairs, "Who Fights for Reputation: The Psychology of Leaders in International Conflict"

Muhammad Qasim Zaman, Near Eastern Studies, "Islam in Pakistan: A History"

Julian Zelizer, History and Public Affairs, "The Presidency of Barack Obama"

Published in 2017

Christopher Achen, Politics, "The Taiwan Voter" and "Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government"

David Bellos, Comparative Literature, "The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables"

Peter Brooks, Comparative Literature, "Flaubert in the Ruins of Paris: The Story of a Friendship, a Novel, and a Terrible Year"

Dalton Conley, Sociology, "The Genome Factor: What Social Genomics Tell Us about Ourselves, Our History, and the Future"

Rafaela Dancygier, Politics, "Dilemmas of Inclusion: Muslims in European Politics"

Maria DiBattista and Deborah Nord, English, "At Home in the World: Women Writers and Public Life, From Austen to the Present"

Karen Emmerich, Comparative Literature, "Literary Translation and the Making of Originals"

Paul Frymer, Politics, "Building an American Empire: the Era of Territorial and Political Expansion"

Daniel Heller-Roazen, Comparative Literature, "No One's Ways"

Tera Hunter, History, "Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century"

Brian Kernighan, Computer Science, "Understanding the Digital World: What You Need to Know About Computers, the Internet, Privacy and Security"

Stephen Kotkin, History and International Affairs, "Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941"

Fiona Maazel, Creative Writing, "A Little More Human"

Yair Mintzker, History, "The Many Deaths of Jew Süss: The Notorious Trial and Execution of an Eighteenth-Century Court Jew"

Grigore Pop-Eleches, Politics and International Affairs, "Communism's Shadow: Historical Legacies and Contemporary Political Attitudes"

Susan Stewart, English, "Cinder: New and Selected Poems"

Alexander Todorov, Psychology, "Face Value: The Irresistible Influence of First Impressions"

Eleni Vakalo (translated by Karen Emmerich), Comparitive Literature, "Before Lyricism"

Michael Wood, Comparative Literature, "On Empson"

Julian Zelizer, History and Public Affairs, "The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society"

Viviana Zelizer, Sociology, "Money Talks: Explaining How Money Really Works"

Published in 2016

Christopher Achen, Politics, "Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government" 

David Baldwin, Political Science, "Power and International Relations: A Conceptual Approach" 

Leonard Barkan, Comparative Literature, "Berlin for Jews" 

David Bell, History, "Shadows of Revolution: Reflections on France, Past and Present" 

Harold James, European Studies, History and International Affairs, “The Euro and the Battle of Ideas”

Bruno Carvalho, Spanish and Portuguese, "Occupy All Streets: Olympic Urbanism and Contested Futures in Rio de Janeiro" 

Mung Chiang with Christopher Brinton *16, Electrical Engineering, PEC, "The Power of Networks: Six Principles That Connect Our Lives" 

Alec Dun, History, "Dangerous Neighbors:  Making the Haitian Revolution in Early America"

Michael Gordin, History, "Five Days in August: How WW2 Became A Nuclear War"

Richard Gott, Astronomy  "Welcome to the Universe" based on the enormously popular astronomy course

John Haldon, History, "The Empire That Would Not Die: The Paradox of Eastern Roman Survival 640 – 740" 

John Haldon, History, "A Tale of Two Saints: The Martyrdoms and Miracles of Saints Theodore 'the Recruit' and 'the General" 

John Ikenberry, Politics and International Affairs, "After Victory:  Institutions, Strategic Restraint, and the Rebuilding of Order after Major Wars" 

Matthew Karp, History, "This Vast Southern Empire" 

Thomas Leonard, Economics, "Illiberal Reformers: Race, Eugenics and American Economics in the Progressive Era" 

Nancy Malkiel, History, "Keep the Damned Women Out: The Struggle for Coeducation" 

Helen Milner, Politics, "Sailing the Water's Edge: The Domestic Politics of American Foreign Policy" 

Simon Morrison, Music, "Bolshoi Confidential" 

Tullis Onstott, Geosciences, "The Deep Life: The Hunt for the Hidden Biology of Earth, Mars, and Beyond" 

Alan Patten, Politics, "Equal Recognition: The Moral Foundation of Minority Rights" 

Esther Schor, English, "Bridge of Words: Esperanto and the Dream of A Universal Language" 

Sean Wilentz, American History, "The Politicians & the Egalitarians" 

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