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America’s State Governments: A Critical Look at Disconnected Democracies 
Co-authored by Jennifer Bachner and Benjamin Ginsberg 
Advanced Academic Programs and Political Science 

Illustrates the disconnect between state government institutions and their constituents. 

How To Do Things With Tears 
By Paul Delnero 
Near Eastern Studies 

An overview of cultic laments performed in Mesopotamia in the early 2nd millennium BCE. 

Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Intimacy, and Freedom in the Atlantic World  
By Jessica Marie Johnson

Explores intimacy and kinship ties and how Black women used them to construct freedom in the Atlantic world. 

The Origin and Character of God: Ancient Israelite Religion through the Lens of Divinity  
By Theodore Lewis  
Near Eastern Studies 

Explores how God was portrayed in literature, archaeology, and iconography, and questions of historical origin.

Newborn Imitation: The Stakes of a Controversy 
By Ruth Leys
Comparative Thought and Literature 

An assessment of the mechanisms underlying imitation, the role of mirror neurons, and the nature of the self and infant mental states. 

Beyond Bakelite: Leo Baekeland and the Business of Science and Invention 
By Joris Mercelis 
History of Science and Technology  

Explores the relationships between science and industry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, illustrated by the career of the “father of plastics.”

The Transmutations of Chymistry: Wilhelm Homberg and the Académie Royale des Sciences 
By Lawrence Principe  
History of Science and Technology 

Reevaluates changes to chymistry that took place from 1660 to 1730. 

Black Saints in Early Modern Global Catholicism 
By Erin Rowe 

Examines Blackness, holiness, and cultural authority through the Atlantic slave trade, and global Christianity. 

Armed Guests: Territorial Sovereignty and Foreign Military Basing
By Sebastian Schmidt
Political Science 

Shows how the development of sovereign basing practices transformed the nature of security politics. 

Simon Hantaï and the Reserves of Painting
By Molly Warnock 
History of Art 

Presents an historical account of Simon Hantaï’s work and impact on young French artists.