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.

In her new book, Professor Margo Jefferson examines her life against a backdrop of American cultural influences.

Mailman Professor Lawrence Brown’s “Political Exercise” is at the intersection of public health and urban planning.

In “Dead Reckoning,” Sociology Professor Diane Vaughan looks at the effort it takes for controllers to keep the skies safe.

In “Antagonistic Cooperation,” Professor Robert O’Meally explores everyone from Bearden and Basquiat to Ellison, Morrison, and Ellington.

History Professor Michael Witgen brings the success of the Anishinaabeg to life in his new book, “Seeing Red.”

According to Professor W. Warner Burke, the answer means knowing that the fundamentals of psychology are relevant to organizational development.

In “The Future of the Corpse,” Karla Rothstein and Christina Staudt review the spectrum of death care rituals and offer ideas for change.

Journalism Professor Andie Tucher explains the differences in her new book, “Not Exactly Lying.”

Hannah Assadi’s “The Stars Are Not Yet Bells” follows a woman from her youth during the Depression through the onset of Alzheimer’s.

Arden Hegele explores what Jane Austen and Alfred Tennyson shared with anatomy and pathology in “Romantic Autopsy.”

Lynn Garafola's "La Nijinska" sheds light on a remarkably productive dancer and choreographer.

In his new book, Professor Lee Siegel explains that argument is at the heart of human experience.