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 & scienceseducation, 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

The Android Malware Handbook

By Yanhai Xiong, Assistant Professor of Data Science

Explore the history of Android malware in the wild since the operating system first launched and then practice static and dynamic approaches to analyzing real malware specimens. Next, examine machine learning techniques that can be used to detect malicious apps, the types of classification models that defenders can implement to achieve these detections, and the various malware features that can be used as input to these models. Adapt these machine learning strategies to the identification of malware categories like banking trojans, ransomware and SMS fraud.

Published by No Starch Press | 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

Children Talking About Talking: The Reflexive Emergence of Language

By Talbot J. Taylor, Louise G.T. Cooley Professor of English and Linguistics

Talbot Taylor argues that in the child’s acquisition of the distinctively linguistic identity of language emerges only gradually in ontogeny, by means of the child’s increasingly skilled participation in the scaffolded discursive processes of reflexive enculturation. The papers included here explore the implications of this argument for research on developmental linguistics, sociocognitive development, ecological psychology, language socialization and Wittgenstein’s philosophy of language.

Published by International Association for the Integrational Study of Language and Communication | 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

Folk Linguistics, Epistemology, and Language Theories

By Talbot J. Taylor, Louise G.T. Cooley Professor of English and Linguistics

The papers included in this second volume of his collected papers lay out Talbot Taylor’s argument for the distinctively reflexive character of human language and discursive practices. The implications of this argument are considered for various fields of language research, including linguistic theory, folk psychology, language evolution, the philosophy of language and the epistemology of the language sciences.

Published by International Association for the Integrational Study of Language and Communication | More information

Forms of Devotion in Early English Poetry: The Poetics of Feeling

By Jennifer A. Lorden, Assistant Professor of English & Medieval Studies

Jennifer Lorden reveals the importance of deeply-felt religious devotion centuries before it is commonly said to arise. Her ground-breaking study establishes the hybrid poetics that embodied its form for medieval readers, while obscuring it from modern scholars. Working across the divide between Old and Middle English, she shows how conventions of earlier English poetry recombine with new literary conventions after the Norman Conquest. These new conventions — for example, love lyric repurposed as devotional song — created hybrid aesthetics more familiar to modern scholars. She argues that this aesthetic, as much as changing devotional practice, rendered later affective piety recognizable in a way that earlier affective devotional conventions were not. “Forms of Devotion” reconsiders the roots and branches of poetic topoi, revising commonplaces of literary and religious history.

Published by Cambridge University Press | More information

Immigration and Crime: Taking Stock

By Graham C. Ousey M.A. ’93, Professor of Sociology

This book explores and synthesizes theory and research focused on the connection between immigration and crime in the United States. It examines theories positing a relationship between these phenomena, covers data and methods for studying the topic, evaluates research and considers implications of empirical findings for immigration policy.

Published by Springer | More information

Implication: An Ecocritical Dictionary for Art History

By Alan C. Braddock, the Ralph H. Wark Professor of Art History, Environmental Humanities, and American Studies

From the publisher: “Ecocriticism is an interdisciplinary mode of inquiry that examines the environmental significance of art, literature, and other creative endeavors. In Implication: An Ecocritical Dictionary for Art History, Alan C. Braddock, a pioneer in art historical ecocriticism, presents a fascinating group of key terms and case studies to demonstrate that all art is ecological in its interconnectedness with the world.”

Published by Yale University Press | 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

Sea in my Bones

Translated from Spanish to English by Silvia R. Tandeciarz, Vice Dean for Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies and Chancellor Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures

“In this extraordinary bilingual edition of Mar En Los Huesos, Juana Goergen and translator Silvia Tandeciarz underline the richness of collective memory and lineage through an intertextual and linguistically captivating experience. These poetic sequences unfurl across lyrically fertile landscapes, where the sea comes to metaphorically represent both body and place, as well as the braided history and mythology of the Caribbean’s ancestral past. Goergen’s poetry ‘distances and exhibits’; there is a careful witnessing and a fierce resistance in its compellingly told narratives of spirituality, colonial violence, and a deeply felt inheritance.” – Alycia Pirmohamed, Another Way To Split Water

Published by the87press | More information

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

By Jeff Kaplow, Associate Professor of Government

For more than 50 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 W&M Libraries as an Open Educational Resource | More information

Understanding Economic Transitions: Plan and Market Under the New Globalization

By Berhanu Abegaz, Professor of Economics

“Understanding Economic Transitions” explains the genesis, operation, and transformation of the centrally planned socialist economy into a market-driven one. The book provides a self-contained, comprehensive, and authoritative treatment of modern economic systems: (i) Using the prism of comparative institutionalism, it melds theory and evidence from four analytical case studies (Russia, China, Poland, and Vietnam); (ii) It takes economic planning seriously in theory and practice as a prominent marker of the ever-changing boundaries between state and market; (iii) It focuses on the dynamics of systemic transition in formerly socialist countries by contextualizing them in terms of the whence (central planning), the how (modalities of transition), and the whither (illiberal or liberal capitalism) of politico-economic transformation; and (iv) It examines the profound impact, on these structural processes, of the post-1990 phase of economic globalization.

Published by Palgrave Macmillan | More information

The Uninvited Host: Goa and the Parties not Meant for its People

By R. Benedito Ferrão, Assistant Professor of English and Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies; Angela Ferrão; and Maria Vanessa de Sa

Despite its history as a favored destination for hippies from the West in the 1960s and 1970s, present-day party tourism in Goa largely attracts Indian travelers. This is a product of the post-1990s liberalization of the Indian economy, coupled with the exoticization of Goa, which has rendered it a pleasure periphery to the subcontinent. Such difference, and attraction, occurs because, unlike most of the rest of the India that annexed Goa, the region was a Portuguese colony until 1961. Goa’s Lusitanization suggests a more liberal milieu, social gatherings with music and dancing being commonplace culturally, for example. While tourism has become an economic mainstay in Goa, the party economy pays little heed to Goans and their culture, treating the land as a place where fun is paramount and local concerns, including environmental ones, are sidelined.

Published by The Uninvited | 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


Content-based Curriculum for Advanced Learners

Co-edited by Joyce VanTassel-Baska, Jody and Layton Smith Professor Emerita, Education; and Catherine Little

This book represents a compendium of current research on curriculum development in the content areas, designed for advanced learners. The editors have assembled a collection of chapters that explore the features of differentiated curriculum in each of the major subject areas including the graphic arts, music, theater and technology. Moreover, the book explores the tools for learning such advanced curriculum through teachers trained in research-based instructional strategies. Assessment approaches and professional development models are also featured.

Published by Routledge | More information


Managed Dissent: The Law of Public Protest

By Timothy Zick, Professor of Law

The book examines the body of laws, regulations, and practices that apply to acts of public assembly and protest. It criticizes the law of public protest for instituting a system of “managed dissent” and proposes various reforms to facilitate peaceful forms of public protest.

Published by Cambridge University Press

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

Trialectic: The Confluence of Law, Neuroscience, and Morality

By Peter A. Alces, Professor of Law Emeritus

If all sentient beings are the coincidence of mechanical forces, as science suggests, what does this mean for our conception of morality, and how should the law adjust? In Trialectic, Peter A. Alces argues that the time has come to reevaluate laws grounded in theories that distinguish the mental and emotional from the physical. Such theories are misguided, Alces argues—so misguided that they undermine law and, ultimately, human thriving.

Published by University of Chicago 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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