Recent Books by CCSU Faculty

Although teaching is the first calling of CCSU professors, many of them are deeply accomplished scholars. Here is a sampling of recently published books by CCSU faculty.

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In Meeting the Demands of Reason: The Life & Thought of Andrei Sakharov, CCSU Professor of History Jay Bergman explores the life of Nobel Peace Prize winner Andrei Sakharov. Born in Russia, Sakharov became a prominent nuclear physicist in Soviet Russia, earning many awards for his work on the hydrogen bomb in the 1940’s. As time progressed, however, Sakharov became increasingly concerned about the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the impact of testing on the environment. Bergman explores the life of Sakharov as he eventually becomes one of the best known Russian dissidents.

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Ben Tyson, associate professor of communications at Central, has written Social Marketing Environmental Issues. The purpose of the book is to provide an applied, practical, and theoretical perspective on social marketing strategies for influencing environmental behaviors. The book teaches how to conduct audience research, develop theory driven communication strategies, and manage, monitor and evaluate campaign progress. Its intent is to be used as a professional reference by practitioners worldwide as well as a student reference for environmental science, environmental communication, and environmental education courses.

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Robert M. Dowling, associate professor of English at Central, published a study of literary writings that transformed New York City’s moral threats into cultural treasures. His book explores neighborhood cultures and life in New York City from 1880 to 1930. Slumming in New York samples a number of New York “slumming” narratives to depict the relationship between writing and culture in New York.  He used ethnicity theory methods, regional studies, literary studies, and popular culture to show how writers had a part in improving New York’s social problems by uncovering truth about poor neighborhoods.

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Written by Central Creative Writing Professor Mary Collins, American Idle explores the struggles our bodies have to go through in the modern age as we have transformed from hunter gatherers on the move to sedentary beings able to find and consume whatever we want with minimal effort. Collins was herself  forced to remain largely sedentary after a serious bicycle accident.  American Idle explores the physical as well as psychological and social effects to humans as we spend less and less time moving.

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Gilbert L. Gigliotti, associate professor of English at Central, is the English Department Chair and a specialist in the classical influences on early American literature. His newly published book, Sinatra: But Buddy I’m a Kind of Poem, is an anthology of verse referencing Old Blue Eyes that will attract Sinatra and poetry fans. The book includes sixty poets who offer different views. In the introduction to his book, Giglotti writes that the collection is “as contradictory as the man himself…at times harsh, satiric, sentimental, erotic, comic, and tragic.”

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Bob Emiliani, associate professor of manufacturing and construction management in Central’s School of Engineering and Technology, has completed the fifth volume in the REAL LEAN series, Real Lean: Strategies for Lean Management Success. Real Lean is intended for a corporate executive office, offering a way of successful corporate management through LEAN theory. This volume encourages executives to study LEAN management history as well as failures in other companies.

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Daniel Larose presents a comprehensive introduction to statistics in his textbook Discovering Statistics. Explaining statistical concepts in a conversational, student-friendly tone, Larose includes examples to show the relevance of statistics in today’s world. Students come away with an understanding of computational statistical methods as well as the ability to interpret data and think critically. Larose is a Professor in the mathematics department at Central, where he has also written several books on data mining.

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In Electrifying the Rural American West, Central history professor Leah Glaser explores the expansion of electricity westward in the beginning of the twentieth century. Using three case studies, Glaser describes how power came to these rural communities, which the power companies had deemed too unprofitable to put on “the grid”. She also explores the impact on lifestyle, culture, and economics in rural communities as they fought for and eventually gained electricity.

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Four years in the making, The Geography of Wine is a comprehensive book examining the roles that climate, soil, topography, botany, culture, history, and economics play in the creation of fine wines. Brian Sommers answers questions of connoisseurs and casual wine drinkers in a straight forward, easy to read style that takes readers to places including Chile, Australia, South Africa, and the Napa Valley. The author is a professor of geography and assistant to the dean, at the School of Arts and Sciences at Central.

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Central professor of sociology Beth Frankel Merenstein is the author of Immigrants and Modern Racism: Reproducing Inequality. The book concentrates on the connection of race relations issues and immigration while discussing the shifting status of the U.S. racial and ethnic makeup and its affect on ‘equal opportunity’.