Volume five of the fac­ulty reading list includes schol­arly works penned by North­eastern Uni­ver­sity pro­fes­sors, such as internationally-​​renowned net­work sci­en­tist Albert-​​Laszlo Barabási’s inves­ti­ga­tion of the pre­dictability of human behavior through dig­ital net­works; and pro­fessor of archi­tec­tural his­tory Eliz­a­beth Cromley’s journey through the evolving design of spaces related to the prepa­ra­tion and serving of food in the Amer­ican home.

Title: “Bursts: The Hidden Pat­tern Behind Every­thing We Do”

Author: Albert-​​Laszlo Barabási, Dis­tin­guished pro­fessor of physics

Descrip­tion: Barabási, a world-​​renowned net­work sci­en­tist, inves­ti­gates pat­terns in human­be­havior through our use of mobile phones, the internet and email. Hedis­cov­ered that these dig­ital net­works pro­vide mas­sive quan­ti­ta­tive data that­tracks our move­ments, our deci­sions and our lives, showing that human behav­ioris not purely random, but is “bursty” and pre­dictable, revealing an aston­ish­ingdeep order in our actions and reflecting the uni­ver­sality of human behavior.



Title: “The Geom­etry of Argu­ment Struc­ture (Studies in Nat­ural Lan­guage and Lin­guistic Theory)”

Author: Janet Ran­dall, pro­fessor of Eng­lish and director of the lin­guis­tics program

Descrip­tion: In lin­guis­tics, linking is one of the chal­lenges for the­o­ries of the syntax-​​semantics inter­face. In this new approach, the author explores the hypoth­esis that the posi­tions of syn­tactic argu­ments are strictly deter­mined by lex­ical argu­ment geom­etry. Through careful argu­men­ta­tion and orig­inal analysis, her study pro­vides a frame­work for explaining the linking pat­terns of a range of verb classes, leading to a number of insights about lex­ical struc­ture and a rad­ical rethinking of many verb classes.


Title: “The Food Axis: Cooking, Eating, and the Archi­tec­ture of Amer­ican Houses”

Author: Eliz­a­beth Cromley, pro­fessor of archi­tec­ture

Descrip­tion: This book is an archi­tec­tural his­tory that approaches the under­standing of domestic archi­tec­ture through the set of spaces and func­tions related to food. It focuses on the way that changes in people’s pre­ferred modes of food storage, preser­va­tion, prepa­ra­tion and the serving of meals acted as agents of change for the design of houses and their nearby land­scapes. The book traces changes in food spaces through the years, noting a steady esca­la­tion in the number of food-​​related rooms in the Amer­ican home.


Title: “Market Driven Supply Chains”

Author: Amiya K. Chakravarty, Philip R. McDonald Chair and Pro­fessor of oper­a­tions and tech­nology management

Descrip­tion: This book shows how supply chain man­age­ment directly impacts the com­pet­i­tive­ness and finan­cial per­for­mance of a com­pany. It pro­vides mod­eling approaches for new prob­lems along with dis­cus­sion of case studies and other exam­ples. This book is appro­priate for aca­d­e­mics and indus­trial prac­ti­tioners, and would be of great value to grad­uate stu­dents in busi­ness and engineering.



Title: “The Eastern Mediter­ranean and the Making of Global Rad­i­calism, 1860–1914″

Author: Ilham Khuri-​​Makdisi, pro­fessor of his­tory

Descrip­tion: This book estab­lishes the exis­tence of rad­i­calism span­ning four con­ti­nents and linking Beirut, Cairo, and Alexan­dria between 1860 and 1914. It shows that socialist and anar­chist ideas were reg­u­larly dis­cussed, dis­sem­i­nated, and reworked among intel­lec­tuals, workers, drama­tists, Egyp­tians, Ottoman Syr­ians, ethnic Ital­ians, Greeks and many others in these cities. In sit­u­ating the Middle East within the con­text of world his­tory, Khuri-​​Makdisi chal­lenges nation­alist and elite nar­ra­tives of Mediter­ranean and Middle Eastern his­tory as well as Euro­cen­tric ideas about global rad­ical movements.