Off the Shelf

Off the Shelf is a Columbia News series in which professors discuss their recently published books, as well as what they have read recently and recommend, and who they would invite to the perfect dinner party.

Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi’s book, Architecture of Migration, asks readers to reconsider the Dadaab refugee camps in Africa through a new lens

Anne Higonnet’s new book profiles three historic French women who led a fashion upheaval.

Ying Qian’s book traces the evolution of a medium that was embedded in historical upheavals.

David Scott says that seeking to rectify such historical wrongs must recognize that they lie beyond repair.

In Smoother Pebbles, Jonathan Cole traces the development of the sociology of science.

Co-writer Ann Cooper’s Newshawks in Berlin describes the perils of reporting from war zones.

In his new book, Dennis Yi Tenen presents AI as a matter of collaborative labor history.

In Julia Bryan-Wilson’s book, the sculptor’s work is put in dialogue with marginalized makers and artists.

In Splinters, her first memoir, Leslie Jamison explores her divorce and the birth of her daughter.

Anne Nelson’s Red Orchestra warns about the fragility of all democracies, and how citizens need to be vigilant.

A new book traces how the Tea Party laid the groundwork for the rise of Trump.

A book gathers experts and scholars to investigate how this decline is playing out during the climate crisis.