Philadelphia University Faculty Members Author New Books

A number of Philadelphia University faculty members have recently authored books, ranging from academic textbooks to novels.

Law and Society Program Director Evan Laine’s book, Nixon and the Dragon Lady: Did Richard Nixon Conspire with Anna Chennault in 1968 to Destroy Peace in Vietnam, addresses whether there was a conspiracy between Richard Nixon and China lobbyist Anna Chenault to destroy the peace process in Vietnam. The book “deconstructs the critical evidence while exploring the questionable credibility of its iconic cast of characters leaving the reader as the ultimate juror” to determine the truth, according to Amazon. Read more here.

On Friday, Oct. 2, 12:30 to 2 p.m., the Paul J. Gutman Library is sponsoring a faculty book event to recognize Laine and Valerie Hanson, associate professor of writing. Hanson’s book, Haptic Visions: Rhetorics of the Digital Image, Information, and Nanotechnology, was published earlier this year. Read more here.

Christopher Pastore, professor of transdisciplinary studies, and Jeff Klemens, assistant professor of biology, co-authored an online textbook entitled Environmental Science: A Systems Thinking Approach. The book “integrates an introduction to systems thinking, including the practice of stock and flow modeling, with environmental science,” according to Kendall Hunt Publishing Co. Read more about the book here.

Pastore and Klemens will be recognized at a faculty book event in the Gutman Library on search for susuOct. 29, from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Marcella McCoy-Deh, director of PhilaU’s honors program, co-authored her first novel, The Search for Susu, with T.M. Giggetts, a former PhilaU adjunct faculty member. Set in Philadelphia and Ghana, it tells the story of adjunct professor Francine Carty, who struggles in her career until she lands a research fellowship in Ghana sponsored by a secret global network of prominent women. Once there, “Francine learns how low she can fall when an unfortunate decision goes viral on social media and devastates her reputation at home and abroad,” according to Amazon (purchase the book here).

“I love complex characters,” McCoy-Deh said. “She’s the friend you hug, then strangle, then hug again.” Read The Philadelphia Inquirer story on the book and authors here. A faculty book event is planned for next semester.

Natalie Nixon, director of the Strategic Design MBA program, has authored Strategic Design Thinking: Innovation in Products, Services, Experiences and Beyond. An introduction to an integrative approach using the lens of design thinking, the book introduces students to design management, strategic design, service design and experience design. “The focus is on process instead of solution, and on connecting disparate ideas instead of getting bogged down by silos of specialization,” according to Amazon. The book will be published Oct. 22 and can be pre-ordered here. A faculty book event is planned for next semester.

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