Faculty Bookshelf

Media School faculty are busy researchers who often present their work at international conferences. Often, this research emerges in book form. Below are a few recent publications:

9780674368057-lgAssistant professor Cara Caddoo is the author of Envisioning Freedom: Cinema and the Building of Modern Black Life, which analyzes African-American history through the lens of cinema. (Harvard University Press, 2014)

9780300186130Professor Edward Castronova teaches game design at The Media School. His recent book, Wildcat Currency: How the Virtual Money Revolution is Transforming the Economy, examines the way new ways of monetary exchange, such as the use of cards, electronic payment and points systems, may eventually replace government-run currency systems. (Yale University Press, 2015). Read more.

9780199974450-1Professor of practice Joe Coleman traveled the world doing research for his book Unfinished Work: The Struggle to Build an Aging American Workforce. In the book, Coleman investigates how the aging workforces of countries like Sweden and Japan differ from that of the United States, and how each nation is dealing with the fact that the population will have to work longer as life expectancy improves. (Oxford University Press, 2015). Read more.

imageAssociate professor Stephanie De Boer is author of Coproducing Asia: Locating Japanese-Chinese Regional Film and Media. The book takes a look at cinema in East Asia, beginning in the time of Cold War geopolitics through China’s current position as a leader in the global market. (University of Minnesota Press, 2014). Read more.

downtown-hawkins-coverAssociate professor Joan Hawkins’ book, Downtown Film and TV Culture 1975-2001, was published in August 2015. The book is a collection of essays, written by filmmakers, exhibitors, cultural critics and scholars, about an experimental group of artists who have strong ties to punk music and culture. (The University of Chicago Press, 2015). Read more.

Senior lecturer Norbert Herber has self-published a book called I am Ai, We are Ai about the 2012 National Cultural Festival Project in Japan. It traces the path of traditional indigo in Japan, from the soil of Tokushima to the workshops and the dyers throughout the country. Soundtracks are available on Bandcamp for free and a PDF version of the book is also available online. (Self-published 2014). Read more.

Assistant professor Julien Mailland is the coauthor of Minitel: Welcome to the Internet. Written with Kevin Driscoll of the University of Virginia, the book describes the rise of Minitel, a French government-run computer network available to every telephone subscriber via a free terminal (MIT Press, 2017).

Professor Michael Martin, director of the Black Film Center/Archive, is co-editor of The Politics & Poetics of Black Film: Nothing But a Man. Martin worked with David Wall of the Department of Visual Studies at Utah State University to edit the book, which looks at the 1964 film Nothing But a Man directed by Michael Roemer.  (Indiana University Press, 2015)

Professor Shannon Martin is the author of Social Media and Participatory Democracy: Public Notice and World Wide Web, a book detailing the impacts the digital age has had on the publishing, and accessibility of public records and public notice. Martin has authored several other books about freedom of information and media law. (Peter Lang, 2014). Read more.

Associate professor Emily Metzgar is the author of Goodwill Goldmine: The JET Program and the U.S.-Japan Relationship. The book is based on a survey she conducted of American alumni of the Japan Exchange and Teaching program, and it concludes that although it may be regarded as a failure in terms of language acquisition, it successfully functions as a public diplomacy effort (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017). Read more.


Professor of practice Michael Uslan is the author of two recent comic books, Justice, Inc. Volume One (Dynamite Entertainment 2015) and The Shadow/Green Hornet: Dark Nights (Dynamite Entertainment 2014). The former is a crossover tale of a partnership between The Shadow, Doc Savage and The Avenger, and the latter details The Shadow and The Green Hornet’s attempt to stop a criminal from using elemental forces for evil.

Associate professor Sung-Un Yang’s book, International Public Relations and Public Diplomacy: Communication and Engagement, discusses connections between international public relations and public diplomacy. The textbook is written from a government, corporate and nonprofit perspective. (Peter Lang, 2015). Read more.

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