Volume three of the fac­ulty reading list includes an array of schol­arly works penned by North­eastern Uni­ver­sity pro­fes­sors, such as asso­ciate pro­fessor of music Hilary Poriss’ explo­ration of how Italian opera has been reshaped through the cen­turies, and CBA dis­tin­guished pro­fessor of inter­na­tional busi­ness and strategy Ravi Ramamurti’s exam­i­na­tion of busi­ness trends as glob­al­iza­tion has intensified.

Title: “Fash­ions and Lega­cies of Nineteenth-​​Century Italian Opera”

Author: Hilary Poriss, asso­ciate pro­fessor of music

Descrip­tion: Oper­atic works by Italian com­posers of the nine­teenth cen­tury like Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini, Verdi, and Puc­cini have under­gone count­less trans­for­ma­tions since their ori­gins, shifting shape in response to a variety of new geo­graphic, tem­poral, tech­no­log­ical, and per­for­ma­tive con­texts. The book’s thir­teen con­trib­u­tors including singers, stage direc­tors, con­duc­tors, and other the­atrical per­son­al­i­ties, explore the ways in which these oper­atic works have been reshaped and revived throughout the nine­teenth, twen­tieth, and twenty-​​first centuries.


Title: “Extreme Killing: Under­standing Serial and Mass Murder (2nd Edition)”

Author: James Alan Fox, Lipman family pro­fessor, School of Crim­i­nology and Crim­inal Jus­tice, and Jack Levin, Brud­nick dis­tin­guished pro­fessor of soci­ology and anthropology

Descrip­tion: Filled with con­tem­po­rary and classic case studies, this fully updated second edi­tion illus­trates the many vio­lent expres­sions of power, revenge, terror, greed, and loy­alty. It exam­ines the the­o­ries of crim­inal behavior and applies them to mul­tiple homi­cide cases from around the world.

Title: “The Future of For­eign Direct Invest­ment and the Multi­na­tional Enterprise”

Author: Ravi Rama­murti, Col­lege of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion dis­tin­guished pro­fessor of inter­na­tional busi­ness and strategy

Descrip­tion: For­eign direct invest­ment (FDI) and multi­na­tional enter­prises (MNEs) have grown in num­bers and com­plexity as glob­al­iza­tion has inten­si­fied. This volume, with con­tri­bu­tions from dis­tin­guished inter­na­tional busi­ness scholars, exam­ines new issues relating to FDIs and MNEs and focuses on four key areas: how to make inter­na­tion­al­iza­tion deci­sions; how the national origin of MNEs affects firms’ com­pet­i­tive advan­tages; the changing scope of MNE; and how gov­ern­ments should har­ness MNEs for the greater good.


Title: “Pop Art and the Con­test Over Amer­ican Culture”

Author: Sara Doris, assis­tant pro­fessor of art and design

Descrip­tion: This book exam­ines the socially and aes­thet­i­cally sub­ver­sive char­acter of the Amer­ican pop art move­ment within the larger frame­work of the social, cul­tural, and polit­ical trans­for­ma­tions of the 1960s. It demon­strates how pop art’s use of dis­cred­ited mass-​​cultural imagery worked to chal­lenge estab­lished social and cul­tural hier­ar­chies, while fore­shad­owing the rad­ical pol­i­tics that emerged late in the decade and shaping today’s post­modern culture.


Title: “Foun­da­tions of Math­e­mat­ical and Com­pu­ta­tional Economics”

Author: Kamran Dad­khah, aso­ciate pro­fessor of eco­nomics and econometrics

Descrip­tion: By using clear lan­guage and exam­ples, this text­book explains how math­e­matics impacts eco­nomics and econo­met­rics. It pro­vides an in-​​depth look into com­pu­ta­tion and com­pu­ta­tional eco­nomics and will help pre­pare the reader for both exams and the workforce.