Story posted May 29, 2008
Three Bowdoin professors recently published books that are garnering national attention in their respective fields.
The 2008 president campaign is a highly visible backdrop for Choices and Changes: Interest Groups in the Electoral Process (Temple University Press, 2008), recently published by Assistant Professor of Government Michael M. Franz. The book tracks in detail the evolution of campaign finance laws since the 1970s, examines soft money contributions and analyzes political action committee contributions to candidates. The work follows closely on the heels of his co- authored 2007 book, Campaign Advertising and American Democracy (Temple University, 2007), an extensively researched book that suggests that political ads may actually educate, engage and mobilize American voters—contrary to prevailing opinion. Franz has discussed campaign politics with a range of media outlets, including Maine Public Broadcasting Network.
Highly respected novelist and teacher Margot Livesey, Bowdoin's John F. and Dorothy Magee Writer-in-Residence, has published a new novel, The House on Fortune Street (Harper, 2008), which Kirkus Reviews describes as "another probing, satisfying novel from Livesey ....Moving, gruffly tender and piercingly truthful." Set in London, the work traces the lives of four main characters wrestling with concealed attachments, betrayals, and desires. It is the sixth novel for the Scottish-born author, whose previous novels have included Homework, Banishing Verona and Eva Moves the Furniture.
Associate Professor of History Patrick Rael is editor of a recently published collection of scholarly essays titled, African-American Activism Before the Civil War (Routledge, 2008). The collection of classic and contemporary essays examines the rise of black abolitionists whose efforts at community building and radical protest acted as a critical force in helping to bring about the end of slavery. The essays include investigations of their political beliefs and tactics, internal dynamics of class and gender, and responses to evolving racial oppression, ending with Rael's insightful scholarship on the market revolution. Rael is author of several books on Antebellum and African American history, including Black Identity and Black Protest in the Antebellum North (University of North Carolina Press, 2002).