What to Read in Light of Trump: Syllabus Edition

One of the perks of working at Book Culture is having the opportunity to peruse the reading lists for classes at Columbia, Barnard, and beyond. As we struggle to understand and move forward in the wake of Trump's inauguration, we wondered: what do the faculty members in our community think we ought to be reading? Here, then, are the reading lists for a few relevant classes this semester.

This is the third in a series of posts responding to Trump's election. Don't miss the first two posts, Understanding What Happened and Fighting Back.

 

Political Science professor Robert Erikson is teaching the very timely class Aftermath of the 2016 Election. He says, "The books I assigned were recent contributions about US voters and elections but all of course were written before Trump descended the escalator and announced he was ready to run for president. They hopefully are useful for understanding the electorate on the eve of the 2016 electoral cycle."

Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics
by Marc J. Hetherington and Jonathan D. Weiler

Culture War?: The Myth of a Polarized America
by Morris P. Fiorina, Samuel J. Ambrams, and Jeremy C. Pope

Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government
by Christopher H. Achen and Larry M. Bartels

The Disappearing Center: Engaged Citizens, Polarization, and American Democracy
by Alan I. Abramowitz

Do Facts Matter?: Information and Misinformation in American Politics
by Jennifer L. Hochschild and Katherine Levine Einstein

It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism
by Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein

The Timeline of Presidential Elections: How Campaigns Do (and Do Not) Matter 
by Robert S. Erikson and Christopher Wlezien

Uninformed: Why People Seem to Know So Little About Politics and What We Can Do About It
by Arthur Lupia

 

Professor Christina Greer is a political scientist and host/producer of the show The Aftermath on Ozy.com. This is the book list for her class Race, Policy, and American Politics.

Arresting Citizenship: The Democratic Consequences of American Crime Control
by Amy E. Lerman

Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream
by Christina M. Greer

The Logic of Collective Action: Public Goods and the Theory of Groups
by Mancur Olson, Jr.

Mr. Smith Goes to Prison: What My Year Behind Bars Taught Me about America's Prison Crisis
by Jeff Smith

Uneasy Alliances: Race and Party Competition in America
by Paul Frymer

Whose Black Politics?: Cases in Post-Racial Black Leadership
by Andra Gillespie

 

 

Trump has been playing into fear of immigrants for years now, but in the aftermath of his executive order closing our borders to citizens of certain, majority-Muslim countries,  English professor John Gamber's class on Novels of Immigration, Relocation seems especially relevant.

The Bird is Gone: A Manifesto
by Stephen Graham Jones

Bodega Dreams
by Ernesto Quinonez

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
by Junot Diaz

Drowning in Fire
by Craig S. Womack

Indian Killer
by Sherman Alexie

Middle Passage
by Charles Johnson

Monkey Bridge
by Lan Cao

Parable of the Sower
by Octavia Butler

The Reluctant Fundamentalist
by Mohsin Hamid

Tropic of Orange
by Karen Tei Yamashita

Under the Feet of Jesus
by Helena M. Viramontes

When the Emperor Was Divine
by Julie Otsuka


 


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Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics Cover Image
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Published: Cambridge University Press - March 9th, 2015

Culture War?: The Myth of a Polarized America Cover Image
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Published: Longman Publishing Group - January 2010

Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government Cover Image
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Published: Princeton University Press - April 19th, 2016

The Disappearing Center: Engaged Citizens, Polarization, and American Democracy Cover Image
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Published: Yale University Press - January 25th, 2011

Do Facts Matter?: Information and Misinformation in American Politics Cover Image
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The Timeline of Presidential Elections: How Campaigns Do (and Do Not) Matter Cover Image
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Published: University of Chicago Press - October 2012

Uninformed: Why People Seem to Know So Little about Politics and What We Can Do about It Cover Image
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - December 2015

Arresting Citizenship: The Democratic Consequences of American Crime Control Cover Image
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - June 2013

The Logic of Collective Action: Public Goods and the Theory of Groups, Second Printing with New Preface and Appendix Cover Image
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Published: Harvard University Press - January 1971

Mr. Smith Goes to Prison: What My Year Behind Bars Taught Me about America's Prison Crisis Cover Image
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Published: St. Martin's Press - September 1st, 2015

Uneasy Alliances: Race and Party Competition in America Cover Image
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The Bird is Gone: A Manifesto Cover Image
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Bodega Dreams Cover Image
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Published: Vintage Books USA - March 14th, 2000

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Cover Image
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 2nd, 2008

Drowning in Fire Cover Image
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Published: University of Arizona Press - September 2001

Indian Killer Cover Image
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Published: Grove Press - June 2008

Middle Passage Cover Image
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Published: Scribner Book Company - July 1998

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Published: Penguin Books - June 1998

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Published: Grand Central Publishing - January 2000

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Published: Plume Books - April 1996

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Published: Anchor Books - October 14th, 2003