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Books

A sampling of publications by lecturers and alumni includes books concerning separate Roosevelt administrations (ever hear of the Black Cabinet?), books about music—gangsta rap and doom music—​and one about fake news.

Cover for Deportes: The Making of a Sporting Mexican Diaspora  

Channel Islands
Deportes: The Making of a Sporting Mexican Diaspora
By José M Alamillo, Chicano studies professor, CSU Channel Islands
Published July 2020​

Spanning the first half of the 20th century, “Deportes” uncovers the hidden experiences of Mexican athletes, teams and leagues and their supporters who fought for a more level playing field on both sides of the border. Alamillo argues that men and women from Mexico in the United States used sports to empower themselves and their community by developing and sustaining transnational networks with Mexico. ​

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Chico
Show Your Anxiety Who’s Boss
By Joel Minden, psychology lecturer, Chico State
Published March 2020

This user-friendly guide will help readers gain the upper hand on their anxiety and stop avoiding the people, places and things that make them anxious. Rooted in cognitive behavioral therapy, the book outlines how to make useful predictions, take action and accept and redirect anxious or negative thoughts.​

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East Bay
Strategic Compensation and Talent Management: Lessons for Managers
By Jed DeVaro, economics chair, Cal State East Bay
Published May 2020

This textbook takes current and aspiring managers through the core components of compensation and puts them in the manager’s chair, challenging them to apply their understanding to solve business problems such as attracting, managing and retaining company talent. 

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East Bay
The Anatomy of Fake News
By Nolan Higdon, communications and history lecturer, Cal State East Bay
Published August 2020

“The Anatomy of Fake News” offers the first historical examination of fake news for the purpose of creating effective critical news literacy. Higdon employs a critical-historical media ecosystems approach to identify the producers, themes, purposes and influences of fake news. The findings are incorporated into an invaluable fake news detection kit. ​

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East Bay
Breasts Across Motherhood: Lived Experiences and Critical Examinations 
By Patricia Drew, associate professor of human development and women’s studies, Cal State East Bay; and Rosann Edwards
Published April 2020

Co-edited by Drew, this book examines the social policies, cultural norms and interpersonal interactions that help construct localized breast discourses, which, in turn, shape mothers’ breast experiences. Through examining commonalities and differences over the lifespan, we can see that women’s breast experiences inform us about the social conditions in which women live.

Cover for Doomed to Fail: The Incredibly Loud History of Doom, Sludge, and Post-Metal  

Fresno
Doomed to Fail: The Incredibly Loud History of Doom, Sludge, and Post-Metal
By J.J. Anselmi, alumnus, Fresno State
Published February 2020

“Doomed to Fail” explores the heaviest music the world has ever heard, tracing doom, sludge and post-metal as their own distinct (and incredibly loud) traditions. Anselmi covers the bands and musicians that have affected those styles most—including Black Sabbath, Candlemass and Melvins. He also dives into the cultural doom that has spawned such music, from the bombing of Birmingham to glaring economic inequality. Along the way, Anselmi interweaves the musical experiences that have led him to proudly identify as one of the doomed.

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Fullerton
The American Robot
By Dustin A. Abnet, assistant professor of American studies, Cal State Fullerton 
Published March 2020

In tracing the history of robots in U.S. culture, Abnet draws on intellectual history, religion, literature, film and television. He explores how robots and their kin have not only conceptually connected but also embodied some of the most critical questions in modern culture. He also investigates how the discourse around robots has reinforced social and economic inequalities, as well as fantasies of mass domination. 

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Humboldt
A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety: How to Keep Your Cool on a Warming Planet
By Sarah Jaquette Ray, environmental studies professor, Humboldt State
Published April 2020

Drawing on a decade of experience leading and teaching in college environmental studies programs, Ray has created an “existential tool kit” for the climate generation—late millennials and iGen, or Generation Z. She combines insights from psychology, sociology, social movements, mindfulness and the environmental humanities to explain why and how we need to let go of eco-guilt, resist burnout and cultivate resilience while advocating for climate justice.

Cover for The Global Impacts of Russia's Great War and Revolution, Book 2: The Wider Arc of Revolution, Part 1  

Los Angeles
The Global Impacts of Russia’s Great War and Revolution, Book 2: The Wider Arc of Revolution, Part 1
By Choi Chatterjee, history professor, Cal State LA
Published November 2019

Co-edited by Chatterjee, this book examines the complex emotional appeal and ideological legacies of Russian communism, including anticommunism, evidenced well into the 20th century.  

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Los Angeles
We Could Be Heroes 
By Margaret Finnegan, criminal justice and criminalistics lecturer, Cal State LA
Published February 2020

In this middle-grade novel, a 10-year-old autistic boy finds himself in a whole mess of trouble when his new friend Maisie recruits him to save the dog next door. 

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San Diego
Dynamics of Human Biocultural Diversity: A Unified Approach
By Elisa J. Sobo, anthropology chair and professor, San Diego State  
Published February 2020

With a holistic approach to human diversity and by integrating biology and culture, medical anthropologist Sobo show readers how to conceptualize human biology and culture concurrently—as an adaptive biocultural capacity that has helped to produce today’s rich range of human diversity. 

Cover for Partnering With Extremists: Coalitions Between Mainstream and Far-Right Parties in Western Europe  

San Diego​
Partnering With Extremists: Coalitions Between Mainstream and Far-Right Parties in Western Europe
By Kimberly A. Twist, assistant professor of political science, San Diego State
Published December 2019

Parties do not care equally about all issues at any given time, and Twist demonstrates that far-right parties will agree to support the mainstream right’s goals more readily than many other parties, making them appealing partners. Twist reimagines “policy” to be a two-dimensional factor; it matters not just where parties are located on an issue but how firmly they hold those positions.

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San Diego
Philippine Sanctuary: A Holocaust Odyssey
By Bonnie Mae Harris, history lecturer, San Diego State
Published January 2020

Between 1938 and 1941, the Philippine Commonwealth provided asylum to more than 1,300 German Jews. In highlighting the efforts by Philippine President Manuel Quezon and High Commissioner Paul V. McNutt, Harris offers fuller implications for our understanding of the Roosevelt administration’s response to the Holocaust.

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San Diego
Talking #browntv: Latinas and Latinos on the Screen
By William Nericcio, director of Master of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences program, San Diego State; and Frederick Luis Aldama, director of LASER (Latinx Space for Enrichment and Research) at Ohio State University
Published November 2019

Part conversation, part critique, part visual cultural studies and part rant against the culture industry profiting off warped caricatures of Latina/o subjectivities, the co-authors analyze the ways in which Latinx performers have been mediated—with varying degrees of complexity—on the American screen. 

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San Francisco
The Chattering Mind: A Conceptual History of Everyday Talk
By Samuel McCormick, associate professor of communications studies, San Francisco State 
Published March 2020

How did the mere act of conversation become so fraught with anxiety? McCormick searches for clues in some of the great writings of the past, including the works of philosophers Søren Kierkegaard and Martin Heidegger. 

Cover for To Live and Defy in LA: How Gangsta Rap Changed America  

San Francisco
To Live and Defy in LA: How Gangsta Rap Changed America
By Felicia Angeja Viator, assistant professor of history, San Francisco State
Published February 2020

As DJ Neta, the author was one of the first female DJs in the Bay Area hip-hop scene. Though she’s long since retired her turntables, Viator has lived and breathed hip-hop for decades. The result is an in-depth exploration of the influence of gangsta rap. 

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San José
Vietnam War Portraits: The Faces and Voices 
By Thomas Sanders, alumnus, San José State
Published February 2020

Sanders, who received his Master of Fine Arts in photography in 2014, features portraits of American and Vietnamese veterans of the Vietnam War who share accounts of the war and its personal aftereffects. John Rowan, president and CEO of Vietnam Veterans of America, applauds Sanders’ ability to “constantly evoke emotion from the viewer” through his images.

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San Marcos
The Black Cabinet: The Untold Story of African Americans and Politics During the Age of Roosevelt
By Jill Watts, history professor, CSU San Marcos
Published May 2020

As the Ne​w Deal began in the 1930s, a “Black Brain Trust” joined the Roosevelt administration and began documenting and addressing the economic hardship and systemic inequalities African Americans faced. They became known as the Black Cabinet, but the environment they faced was reluctant, often hostile, to change. “The Black Cabinet” brings to life a forgotten generation of leaders who fought post-Reconstruction racial apartheid and whose work served as a bridge that civil rights activists traveled to achieve the victories of the 1950s and ’60s.

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