The following books were authored or edited by William & Mary faculty members and published in 2023. Books are listed in alphabetical order within the following categories: arts & sciences, law and fiction. Additional categories may be added throughout the year as more books are published. The information contained herein was submitted by the authors. Additional books may be submitted via this online form. – Ed.

Arts & Sciences

Accelerated Computing with HIP

By Yifan Sun, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

The goal of this book is to provide helpful guidance to GPU programmers looking to develop HIP programs for the ROCm platform using GPUs. The reader of this book will learn how to reason through real-world problems and break them down into independent parts so that GPUs can be used to solve them efficiently. This text is designed to take programmers on a tour of GPU hardware design and demonstrate how to effectively leverage its unique hardware features to optimize software performance. Finally, the text includes instructions on how programmers can exploit the ROCm ecosystem by invoking libraries to perform linear algebra operations while leveraging multiple GPUs in one application.

Self-published | More information

Badhai: Hijra-Khwaja Sira-Trans Performance across Borders in South Asia

By Claire Pamment, Associate Professor of World Theatre at W&M; with Adnan Hossain and Jeff Roy

This is the first full-length book to provide an introduction to badhai performances throughout South Asia, performed by socially marginalised hijra, khwaja sira, and trans communities. This collaboratively authored book draws from anthropology, theatre and performance studies, music and sound studies, ethnomusicology, queer and transgender studies, and sustained ethnographic fieldwork to examine badhai’s place-based dynamics, transcultural features, and communications across the hijrascape. This vital study explores the form’s changing status and analyses these performances’ layered, scalar and sensorial practices, to extend ways of understanding hijra-khwaja sira-trans performance.

Published by Methuen Drama, Bloomsbury | More information

Building Democracy in Late Archaic Athens (in paperback)

By Jessica Paga, Associate Professor of Classical Studies

By attending to the built environment broadly, and monumental architecture specifically, this book investigates the built environment of ancient Athens during the late Archaic period (ca. 514/13 – 480/79 B.C.E.). It was these decades, filled with transition and disorder, when the Athenians transformed their political system from a tyranny to a democracy. Concurrent with the socio-political changes, they altered the physical landscape and undertook the monumental articulation of the city and countryside. Interpreting the nature of the fledgling democracy from a material standpoint, this book approaches the questions and problems of the early political system through the lens of buildings.

Published by Oxford University Press | More information

Cinema of Discontent: Representations of Japan’s High-Speed Growth (in paperback)

By Tomoyuki Sasaki, Professor of Japanese Studies

From the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s, Japan transformed itself from a war-devastated country to a global economic power. We tend to see this history as a story of great national success. Cinema of Discontent challenges this view and details the tensions generated by massive and intense capitalist development through analyses of popular cinema produced during the era of high-speed growth. It demonstrates how these films address problems immanent to Japan’s postwar capitalism, including uneven development, increasing corporate control over individuals, precarious and contingent work, and militarized peace and prosperity.

Published by SUNY Press | More information

The Confidence Map: Charting a Path from Chaos to Clarity

By Peter Atwater, adjunct lecturer of economics

“The Confidence Map” looks at the impact of consumers’ feelings of certainty and control on the choices they make, individually and in groups. It lays out a framework, based on Atwater’s research and teaching, for making better decisions by understanding – and mastering – confidence. 

Published by Penguin Random House | More information

Kaleidophonic Modernity: Transatlantic Sound, Technology, and Literature

By Brett Brehm, Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies

“Kaleidophonic Modernity” examines the development of mechanical sound recording technology in the 19th century by charting the orbits of poets, photographers, writers, scientists, musicians and artists in France and the United States. Working between comparative literature, the history of science, and urban studies, Brehm builds a bridge between the scholarly fields of visual culture and sound studies.

Published by Fordham University Press | More information and podcast interview

Signing Away the Bomb: The Surprising Success of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime

By Jeff Kaplow, Associate Professor of Government

For more than fifty years, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) and the wider nuclear nonproliferation regime have worked to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. Analysts and pundits have often viewed the regime with skepticism, repeatedly warning that it is on the brink of collapse, and the NPT lacks many of the characteristics usually seen in effective international institutions. Nevertheless, the treaty continues to enjoy near-universal membership and high levels of compliance. This is the first book to explain why the nonproliferation regime has been so successful, bringing to bear declassified documents, new data on regime membership and weapons pursuit, and a variety of analytic approaches.

Published by Cambridge University Press | More information

Soldiers of Democracy? Military Legacies and the Arab Spring

By Sharan Grewal, Assistant Professor of Government

This book presents a significant new interpretation of the Arab Spring revolutions and transitions. Incorporates interviews which have never been published before, including with a former Tunisian president, three former prime ministers and 11 senior generals.

Published by Oxford University Press | More information

Statistical Modeling: Regression, Survival Analysis, and Time Series Analysis

By Lawrence Leemis, Professor of Mathematics

“Statistical Modeling” provides an introduction to regression, survival analysis, and time series analysis for students who have completed calculus-based courses in probability and mathematical statistics. The book uses the R language to fit statistical models, conduct Monte Carlo simulation experiments and generate graphics.

Published by Open Educational Resource | More information

The Rise of Modern Chinese Thought, by Wang Hui

Edited by Michael Gibbs Hill, Vera Barkley Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures

The definitive history of China’s philosophical confrontation with modernity, available for the first time in English.

Published by Harvard University Press | More information

Who Cares: The Social Safety Net in America

By Christopher Howard, Pamela C. Harriman Professor of Government and Public Policy

“Who Cares” offers the first comprehensive map of the U.S. social safety net, public and private. It chronicles how different parts of society talk about poverty-related needs. And it shows what Americans do to provide basic levels of income, food, housing, medical care and daily care.

Published by Oxford University Press | More information


Mass Incarceration Nation: How the United States Became Addicted to Prisons and Jails and How It Can Recover

By Jeffrey Bellin, Professor of Law

The book examines the causes and impacts of mass incarceration on both the political and criminal justice systems. With accessible language and straightforward statistical analysis, former prosecutor turned law professor Jeffrey Bellin provides a formula for reform to return to the low incarceration rates that characterized the United States prior to the 1970s.

Published by Cambridge University Press | More information


This Town is on Fire

By Pamela N. Harris, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Online Counseling Program

In a suspenseful YA novel from the award-winning author of “WHEN YOU LOOK LIKE US,” Naomi Henry’s loyalty and friendships will be tested when a video of her white best friend calling the cops on two Black men goes viral.

Published by HarperCollins | More information

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