The Best Books of 2016 and The Professors Who Wrote Them

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Throughout the year 2016, many Barnard professors have published works from journal articles to full-length books.  Several of the College’s professors have landed on notable “Best of 2016” book lists. Below are five authors who have been singled out for recognition.

Professor Séverine Autesserre ISA | Best Book of the Year 2016

Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention
by Prof. Séverine Autesserre

Prof. Séverine Autesserre spent several years doing fieldwork on the concept of peace-building in conflict zones around the globe.  The result is her book, Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention, in which she explains why some countries are better able than others to reach resolutions.  This year, the political science expert received the International Studies Association’s “Best Book of the Year Award 2016.”

Professor Gergely Baics

Financial Times | Best Books on History

Feeding Gotham: The Political Economy and Geography of Food in New York, 1790-1860
by Prof. Gergely Baics

In his new book Feeding Gotham, Prof. Gergely Baics reveals what it took to feed New York City during the first half of the nineteenth century. In response, the Financial Times* names it one of the “best books of 2016 on history,” writing that “Baics has produced one of the year’s most original books with this analysis of food markets in New York City in the decades up to the Civil War.”  

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Professor Alexandra Horowitz

Multiple Bests | Best Science Book of 2016

Being a Dog: Following the Dog Into a World of Smell
by Prof. Alexandra Horowitz

Prof. Alexandra Horowitz, a leading researcher in dog cognition, explains how smells change a canine’s perception in her book Being a Dog: Following the Dog Into a World of Smell. By sharing interesting facts (a human can detect a teaspoon of sugar in a cup of coffee, while dogs can detect that amount in a million gallons of water), Horowitz has captivated the public.  Her book was singled out in the podcast Science Friday and in Library Journal.

Professor Janna Levin


Multiple Bests | Science Books of 2016

Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space
by Prof. Janna Levin

“An incredibly gifted novelist” is how Prof. Janna Levin, a working astrophysicist, is described by Brain Pickings for her book Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space, which leads the website’s “Greatest Science Books of 2016” roundup. The Wall Street Journal gives Levin a seat at its curated table for “The 20 Books That Defined Our Year,” where the title also holds a position on “The WSJ Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2016.” According to the WSJ, this is “a splendid book for anyone with an interest in how science works or in the power of human imagination.”  Yahoo! News reports that IANS, India’s largest independent newswire, recognizes Black Hole Blues as one of the year’s best non-fiction books. The cover, created by book deisigner Janet Hansen, also receives praise on Buzzfeed as one of the most 32 beautiful book covers of

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