Books by Faculty

An Anthology of Philosophy in Persia, Vol. IV: From the School of Illumination to Philosophical Mysticism

Co-edited by Mehdi Aminrazavi, UMW professor of philosophy and religion, and Seyyed Hossein Nasr, George Washington University professor of Islamic studies

The period between the 13th and 16th centuries was one of the richest philosophical eras in Persian history, yet comparatively little is known about this time, between the fall of the school of Khurasan and the rise of the Safavids, who established control over all of Greater Iran. This fourth-volume text examines this period of Persian philosophy, dealing mainly with the Peripatetic school, Suhrawardi and the School of Illumination, and assorted incarnations of philosophical Sufism.

I.B. Tauris in association with the Institute of Ismaili Studies, January 2013



Using Inquiry in the Classroom: Developing Creative Thinkers and Information Literate Students

By Teresa Coffman, UMW associate professor of education

The book provides an overview of inquiry learning and the importance of developing creative thinkers and information-literate students. The text explores how learning can be directly applied in a classroom setting using real-world application through technology-oriented activities.

Rowman & Littlefield, January 2013





Politics, Monasticism, and Miracles in Sixth Century Upper Egypt: A Critical Edition and Translation of the Coptic Texts on Abraham of Farshut

By James E. Goehring, UMW professor of classics, philosophy, and religion

This volume contains a critical edition and translation of the Coptic texts on Abraham of Farshut, the last Coptic orthodox archimandrite of the Pachomian federation in Upper Egypt. While past studies have focused on the origins and early years of this first communal monastic movement, Goehring turns to its final days and ultimate demise in the sixth-century reign of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I. Goehring examines the literary nature of the texts, their role in the making of a saint, and the historical events that they reveal.

Mohr Siebeck, December 2012



Communism on Tomorrow Street: Mass Housing and Everyday Life After Stalin

By Steven E. Harris, UMW associate professor of history and American studies

During the post-Stalin-era thaw, beginning in 1953, Nikita Khrushchev launched a mass housing campaign, sending a generation of Soviet citizens from crowded communal living to single-family apartments. In what has been called the first full exploration of this phenomenon’s role in creating “the communist way of life,” Harris dispels the conventional idea that this campaign was centered around the elite. The author exhaustively examines the movement, the way it was politicized, and the activities of its major players, from politicians and planners to ordinary urbanites.

Woodrow Wilson Center Press/Johns Hopkins University Press, February 2013



Instructional Alignment: Optimizing Objectives, Methods, and Assessment for Developing Unit Pairs

By Suzanne G. Houff, UMW professor of education

In response to the plethora of curriculum textbooks, Houff offers a concise and basic approach to instructional design. By exploring the areas of planning, assessment, and methodology, in Instructional Alignment she explains how these three areas provide an essential framework for effective teaching and illustrates how they align in order to maximize student learning.

Rowman and Littlefield Education, September 2012





Preservation and National Belonging in Eastern Germany: Heritage Fetishism and Redeeming Germanness

By Jason James, UMW associate professor of anthropology

This book explores the ways in which ordinary German citizens grapple with a difficult past through heritage. It sheds new light on the everyday politics of heritage and memory by highlighting the dynamics of longing, fantasy, fetishism, and local performance.

Palgrave Macmillan, October 2012





Interaction: Langue et Culture

By Scott Powers, UMW associate professor of French; Ronald St. Onge, College of William and Mary professor emeritus of French; and Susan St. Onge, Christopher Newport University distinguished professor of French

The ninth edition of Interaction is an intermediate-level textbook of French language and Francophone cultures that combines a complete grammar text and a literary and cultural reader. Interaction is used in university classrooms around the world.

Heinle, January 2013





Dangerous Waters: The Wreck of the Nottingham Galley

By Richard Warner, UMW professor emeritus of history

This work of historical fiction, published electronically a year after the death of its author, weaves together the story of Capt. John Deane and the events surrounding the notorious 1710 wreck of the Nottingham Galley. The cause of the shipwreck has long eluded historians. Warner, an expert on maritime history, researched Deane for many years, scouring records, narratives, and other sources, before penning this account of the mysterious incident off Boon Island, Maine. The result is a fictional tale that wraps romance, humor, and suspense around an array of characters.

BookBaby, July 2012