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A sampling of books from CSU faculty ranges from a noir mystery to resources for educators to support students who are homeless, gender diverse or LGBTQ.​

Cover: Dead Extra  

Channel Islands
Dead Extra
By Sean Carswell, associate professor and English Program chair, CSU Channel Islands
Published May 2019

In this noir mystery, a war-scarred veteran investigates the death of his wife with the help of her fiery twin sister, who’s convinced foul play was involved. Their adventures take them to the seedy side of 1940s Hollywood and beyond.

Cover: Swindlers All  

Channel Islands
Swindlers All: A Brief History of Business/Government Frauds From Alexander Hamilton to AIG
By Michael Powelson, history lecturer, CSU Channel Islands
Published February 2019

Powelson chronicles some of the government and business frauds carried out throughout U.S. history, beginning with some of the Founding Fathers. Government and business scams resulted in the collapse of the savings and loan industry in the early 1990s, while the frauds of the early 21st century resulted in the Great Recession of 2007-2008. Today, all of the factors are in place for yet another depression/recession that inevitably will be followed by a massive government bailout of banks and corporations.

Cover: The Grind  

Dominguez Hills
The Grind
By Alexis McCurn, associate professor of sociology, CSU Dominguez Hills
Published September 2018

In “The Grind,” McCurn makes the case that the daily consequences of racialized poverty in the lives of African Americans cannot be fully understood without accounting for the personal and collective experiences of poor black women.

Cover: Exploring Gender and LGBTQ Issues in K-12 and Teacher Education  

East Bay
Exploring Gender and LGBTQ Issues in K-12 and Teacher Education
Edited by Adrian D. Martin and Kathryn J. Strom, assistant professor of educational leadership, Cal State East Bay​
Published March 2019

This book provides examples of empirical inquiries and theorizations that explore how schools can function as more than safe academic environments for gender diverse and LGBTQ students.

Cover: Moving Boarders  

East Bay
Moving Boarders: Skateboarding and the Changing Landscape of Urban Youth Sports
By Matthew Atencio, kinesiology professor; Becky Beal, kinesiology professor; E. Missy Wright, assistant professor of kinesiology; and ZáNean McClain, assistant professor of kinesiology—all at Cal State East Bay​
Published December 2018

“Moving Boarders” explores how skateboarding, once considered a kind of delinquent activity, is now embraced. It integrates first-person interviews and direct observations to provide a rich portrait of youth skateboarders, their parents and the social and market forces that drive them toward the skate park.

Cover: Addressing Homelessness and Housing Insecurity in Higher Education  

Long Beach and ​Humboldt
Addressing Homelessness and Housing Insecurity in Higher Education
By Ronald Hallett, Rashida Crutchfield, assistant professor of social work, Cal State Long Beach, and Jennifer Maguire, assistant professor of social work, Humboldt State
Published June 2019

This book helps educational leaders provide support for students who face significant barriers to college access, success and retention. California State University Chancellor Timothy White writes the foreword.

Cover: Renewal  

Los Angeles​
Renewal: Liberal Protestants and the American City After World War II
By Mark Wild, history professor, Cal State LA
Published March 2019

“Renewal” explores the rise and fall of a movement by clergy and laity to restore liberal Protestantism to the center of American urban life after World War II. It illuminates the overlooked story of how religious institutions both shaped and were shaped by postwar urban America.

Cover: The Field Journal for Cultural Anthropology  

Los Angeles​
The Field Journal for Cultural Anthropology
By Jessica Bodoh-Creed, anthropology lecturer, Cal State LA
Published January 2019

The book is a field manual for introductory cultural anthropology courses with classroom and individual activities for students. Topics range from kinship to cultural relativism.

Cover: The Journalist of Castro Street  

Sacramento
The Journalist of Castro Street: The Life of Randy Shilts
By Andrew Stoner, assistant professor, communication studies, Sacramento State
Published May 2019

Stoner’s biography of Randy Shilts, who wrote about the AIDS epidemic in the book “And the Band Played On,” chronicles the life of the late gay rights advocate and reporter.

Cover: Pasadena Before the Roses  

San Bernardino
Pasadena Before the Roses: Race, Identity and Land Use in Southern California, 1771–1890
By Yvette Saavedra, assistant professor of history, Cal State San Bernardino​
Published October 2018

What was Pasadena like before it became known for the Tournament of Roses parade and the Rose Bowl? Historian Saavedra shows how Indigenous, Spanish, Mexican and American groups on San Gabriel Mission lands redefined the meaning of land use. These visions resulted in an intertwining of power and land use ideas, as well as competing colonialisms that framed the racial, ethnic, gender and class hierarchies of their respective societies.

Cover: Frankly: Unmasking Frank Capra  

San Francisco
Frankly: Unmasking Frank Capra
By Joseph McBride, School of Cinema professor, San Francisco State
Published March 2019

“This is a book about how hard it is to tell the truth about an iconic American figure,” begins “Frankly.” McBride, author of the biography “Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success,” writes a self-described “often bizarre, sometimes darkly comical” account of the nearly eight years he spent fighting a legal battle with his original publisher and the famed director’s allies to reveal Capra’s hidden truths in “Frank Capra.”

Cover: Secure and Smart Internet of Things (IoT) Using Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence  

San José
Secure and Smart Internet of Things (IoT) Using Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence
By Ahmed Banafa, engineering professor, San José State
Published December 2018

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the convergence of connecting people, things, data and processes. It is transforming our life, business and everything in between. Banafa explores many aspects of the Internet of Things and explains many of the completed principles of IoT and advances in IoT, including the use of fog computing, AI and blockchain technology.

Cover: As Long as Grass Grows  

San Marcos​
As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, From Colonization to Standing Rock​
By Dina Gilio-Whitaker, lecturer of American Indian studies, CSU San Marcos
Published April 2019

The story of Native peoples’ resistance to environmental injustice and land incursions, and a call for environmentalists to learn from the Indigenous community’s rich history of activism.


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