New Books Network

W. Germano and K. Nicholls, “Syllabus: The Remarkable, Unremarkable Document that Changes Everything” (Princeton UP, 2020)
Do you teach, or do you care about education? Then you have to read this book. At turns radical in the interventions it proposes in educational practice, at turns perspicacious in the views it opens on the act of teaching, at turns inspirational in the words it drops in the... Read More
Dr. Christopher Harris on Teaching Neuroscience
Dr. Christopher Harris (@chrisharris) is a neuroscientist, engineer and educator at the EdTech company Backyard Brains. He is principal investigator on an NIH-funded project to develop brain-based robots for neuroscience education. In their recent open-access research paper, Dr. Harris and his team describe, and present results from, their classroom-based pilots... Read More
Kathryne M. Young, “How to Be Sort of Happy in Law School” (Stanford UP, 2018)
Kathryne M. Young, an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, has written a combination of a sociological study and self-help book about and for American law school students. In How to Be Sort of Happy in Law School (Stanford UP, 2018), Dr. Young surveyed over 1,100... Read More
Carla Yanni, “Living on Campus: An Architectural History of the American Dormitory” (U Minnesota Press, 2019)
Every fall on move-in day, parents tearfully bid farewell to their beloved sons and daughters at college dormitories: it is an age-old ritual. The residence hall has come to mark the threshold between childhood and adulthood, housing young people during a transformational time in their lives. Whether a Gothic stone... Read More
Majid Daneshgar, “Studying the Qur’an in the Muslim Academy” (Oxford UP, 2019)
“Consider the works of the renowned Nobel-prize-winning African American writer, literary and social critic, and activist Toni Morrison (b. 1931),” writes Majid Daneshgar. “Hers—like Said’s—are popular in the West and cover most of the principal themes covered by Orientalism, including otherness, outsider-ship, exploitation and cultural colonialism and imperialism. Yet …... Read More
Jonathan Haber, “Critical Thinking” (The MIT Press, 2020)
In this episode, I speak with fellow New Books in Education host, Jonathan Haber, about his book, Critical Thinking (The MIT Press, 2020). This book explains the widely-discussed but often ill-defined concept of critical thinking, including its history and role in a democratic society. We discuss the important role critical thinking plays in making decisions and... Read More
Federico R. Waitoller, “Excluded by Choice: Urban Students with Disabilities in the Education Marketplace” (Teachers College Press, 2020)
In this episode, I speak with Federico R. Waitoller about his book, Excluded by Choice: Urban Students with Disabilities in the Education Marketplace (Teachers College Press). This book highlights the challenges faced by students of color who have special needs and their parents who evaluate their educational options. We discuss... Read More
David Eaton, “World History through Case Studies: Historical Skills in Practice” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019)
Teaching world history surveys can be a nightmare! How on Earth is anyone supposed to cover so much information from all over the world and from so many different time periods? It can be nothing short of overwhelming. But fear not, listeners! Professor David Eaton has a strategy to stay... Read More
J. Kim and E. Maloney, “Learning Innovation and the Future of Higher Education and The Low-Density University” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2020)
Despite stereotypes of colleges and universities still stuck in the age of the blackboard and sage-on-stage lectures, a quiet revolution has been taking place on America’s campuses led by a diverse group of learning innovators.  Digital technology is one catalyst for this “turn to learning,” but professionals leading the charge... Read More
Beth Pickens, “Your Art Will Save Your Life” (The Feminist Press at CUNY, 2018)
As a teenager visiting the Andy Warhol Museum, Beth Pickens realized the importance of making art. As an adult, she has dedicated her life to empowering working artists. Intimate yet practical, Your Art Will Save Your Life (The Feminist Press at CUNY) helps artists build a sustainable practice while navigating the... Read More