North­eastern fac­ulty mem­bers have written at length on a wide range of topics. Volume nine of the fac­ulty reading list includes an array of schol­arly works penned by North­eastern Uni­ver­sity pro­fes­sors, such as an explo­ration of John Coltrane’s legacy by Asso­ciate Pro­fessor of African Amer­ican Studies and Music Leonard Brown, and the rich ethnog­raphy of immi­grant women’s ability to leverage social ties for upward mobility by Assis­tant Pro­fessor of Soci­ology and Human Ser­vices Silvia Dominguez.

Title: “Type Primer, A”

Author: John Kane, lec­turer in the depart­ment of art and design

Descrip­tion: For begin­ning graphic designers and others inter­ested in learning the effec­tive use of type, this book offers a practice-​​based approach to the com­plex com­bi­na­tion of mes­sage, image and his­tory sur­rounding typog­raphy. Filled with back­ground infor­ma­tion, exam­ples and exer­cises, it guides readers to demon­strate basic prin­ci­ples of typog­raphy. The book itself is an example of effec­tive typo­graphic design.


Title: “John Coltrane and Black America’s Quest for Freedom: Spir­i­tu­ality and the Music”

Author: Leonard Brown, asso­ciate pro­fessor of African Amer­ican studies and music

Descrip­tion: The author — a noted musi­cian and scholar — explores John Coltrane’s dis­tinct sound and the music’s spir­i­tual qual­i­ties, which are rooted in black Amer­ican music and cul­ture, as well as aspi­ra­tions for freedom. This the­matic nar­ra­tive is told through a col­lec­tion of essays and inter­views with promi­nent fig­ures in black Amer­ican music, jazz studies and per­for­mance. It also exam­ines Coltrane’s legacy in both his­tor­ical and con­tem­po­rary contexts.


Title: “Giving Well: The Ethics of Philanthropy”

Author: Patricia Illing­worth, asso­ciate pro­fessor of phi­los­ophy, Thomas Pogge and Leif Wenar

Descrip­tion: An inter­na­tional and inter­dis­ci­pli­nary group of philoso­phers, social sci­en­tists, lawyers and prac­ti­tioners explain modern phil­an­thropy and related issues including morality, psy­chology of giving, the account­ability of NGOs and foun­da­tions and tax deduc­tions. This book can help increase aware­ness of the ben­e­fits of phil­an­thropy so that it can meet the vital needs of the mil­lions world­wide that depend on vol­un­tary con­tri­bu­tions for their very lives.


Title: “Get­ting Ahead: Social Mobility, Public Housing, and Immi­grant Networks”

Author: Silvia Dominguez, assis­tant pro­fessor of soci­ology and human ser­vices

Descrip­tion: Through a rich ethno­graphic account of Latin-​​American immi­grant women living in public housing in two Boston neigh­bor­hoods, the author demon­strates that many immi­grant women can develop the social sup­port needed for a rich social life, and leverage ties that open options for them to develop their social and human cap­ital. The women can suc­cess­fully nego­tiate the world and achieve social mobility through their own indi­vidual agency, skill­fully nav­i­gating both con­straints and opportunities.


Title: “Women, Civil Society and the Geopol­i­tics of Democratization”

Author: Denise Horn, assis­tant pro­fessor of inter­na­tional affairs and polit­ical science

Descrip­tion: This book exam­ines the preva­lence of democ­ra­ti­za­tion poli­cies and how they rep­re­sent an inten­sive hege­monic polit­ical effort in which civil society orga­ni­za­tions are manip­u­lated through funding strate­gies. Through a fem­i­nist lens, the author argues that Western gender norms — that deter­mine degrees of par­tic­i­pa­tion within civil society — inform the poli­cies of hege­monic powers and trans­form the foun­da­tions of civil society in tran­si­tional states. This book is appro­priate for stu­dents and scholars in gender and women’s studies, polit­ical sci­ence, inter­na­tional rela­tions, inter­na­tional affairs, polit­ical lead­er­ship or reli­gion and philosophy.