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For every professor at Knox, there are 12 students, our classes average 17 students, and our institutional ethos is that we're all capable of contributing to the project of moving the world forward. What does that mean for you? It means you will be heard; you will be seen; your professors will know your name, you'll know theirs, and that's just the start.

What comes next is this: Your professors will know you as a whole person, see you in shows or at the Gizmo or at a poetry reading. They'll invite you to join (or start)  research projects, they'll encourage you to apply for  fellowships or  internships or study abroad, they'll help you think through (and create your own) options. They'll cook meals at their house and invite the entire class for dinner. They'll provide unusually thorough, thoughtful recommendations (because they know you so well) for graduate school and future employers. They'll be lifelong colleagues, friends, and sources of inspiration. Yes, they're that good; and yes, they matter that much.

 Faculty Bookshelf

Our faculty are true scholar-teachers; in addition to making the classroom a forum for a shared pursuit of knowledge, they actively contribute scholarly works to their respective academic disciplines.

The following are recently published books authored by our scholar-teachers:

Elsewhere, That Small

Monica Berlin, Professor of English
Parlor Press (2020)

Elsewhere, That Small uses poetry to address the relentless nature of day-to-day experiences and ordinariness. This perspective is hopeful to help people be aware of and thankful for where they are. 

Mystic Moderns: Agency and Enchantment in Evelyn Underhill, May Sinclair, and Mary Webb

James H. Thrall, Knight Distinguished Associate Professor for the Study of Religion & Culture
Lexington Books (2020)

Mystic Moderns: Agency and Enchantment in Evelyn Underhool, May Sinclair, and Mary Webb examines the responses of three British authors—Evelyn Underhill (1875–1941), May Sinclair (1863–1946), and Mary Webb (1881–1927)—to the emerging modernity of the long early twentieth-century moment encompassing the First World War.

Love, Death, & Rare Books

Robert Hellenga, George Appleton Lawrence Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of English
Delphinium Books (2020)

Love, Death, & Rare Books tells the story of a third-generation rare book store owner named Gabe Johnson. Throughout the story, he navigates the family store’s closure, reconnects with a former love, moves from Chicago to a small Lake Michigan town to reopen the shop, and navigates grief amongst it all.

Making School Integration Work

Deirdre Dougherty, Assistant Professor of Educational Studies
Teachers College Press (2020)

Making School Integration Work is an important book that tells the story of how two school districts—one a predominantly White and wealthy suburban community and the other a more diverse and urbanized community—were merged into a single district to work toward a solution for school segregation.

The Accidental

Gina Franco, Professor of English
The University of Arkansas Press (2019)

The Accidental makes a character of the soul and traces its pilgrimage from suffering toward transcendence. “The soul saw,” Franco writes, “that it saw through the wound.” This book tenders a creation myth steeped in existential philosophy and shimmering with the vernacular of the ecstatic.

The Earth Is Not for Sale: A Path Out of Fossil Capitalism to the Other World That is Still Possible 

Peter Schwartzman, Professor of Environmental Studies, and David Schwartzman
World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. (2019)

The Earth Is Not for Sale provides a thought provoking outline of the solutions already in hand to the challenges now facing humanity with respect to prevalent gross social and economic inequalities, ecological thresholds and tipping points, and the ever-looming threat of climate catastrophe. 

Nostalgia for a World Where We Can Live 

Monica Berlin, Professor of English
Southern Illinois University Press (2018)

Nostalgia for a World Where We Can Live resides at the turbulent confluence of relentless news cycles and the repeated rending of our interior lives. These poems notice the day in the wind, the night tucked up to the train tracks, and a slipping-in of yesterday, memory-laden, alongside the promise of a more hopeful tomorrow. Here is the Midwest, vibrant and relic, in the ongoing years of collapse and recovery. Here the constant companionship of weather lays claim to its own field of vision.

Hypercapitalism: The Modern Economy, Its Values, and How to Change Them

Tim Kasser, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, and Larry Gonick
The New Press (2018)

Hypercapitalism draws from contemporary research on values, well-being, and consumerism to describe concepts (corporate power, free trade, privatization, deregulation) that are critical for understanding the world we live in, and movements (voluntary simplicity, sharing, alternatives to GDP, protests) that have developed in response to the system.

Organizing for Policy Influence: Comparing Parties, Interest Groups, and Direct Action

Benjamin Farrer, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Routledge (2018)

Organizing for Policy Influence explains how activists can influence the policies they care about, even when they are outnumbered and their issues are ignored. The solution lies in a surprising place: organizational choice. Different types of organizations will be more influential under particular democratic institutions. If they choose the optimal type of organization - given their institutional context - then even minority groups can be influential. Environmentalists are a key example of how small groups can sometimes punch above their weight. Environmentalists in different countries have made different organizational choices. These choices explain whether or not they succeeded in influencing policy.

Competing Economic Paradigms in China: The Co-Evolution of Economic Theory and Economic Education, 1976-2016

Steve Cohn, Charles W. and Arvilla S. Timme Chair in Economics
Routledge (2017)

Competing Economic Paradigms in China explains how and why neoclassical economic theory replaced Marxist economic theory as the dominant economics paradigm in China. It rejects the idea that the rise of neoclassical theory was a triumph of reason over ideology, and instead, using a sociology of knowledge approach, links the rise of neoclassical economics to broad ideological currents and to the political-economic projects that key social groups inside and outside China wanted to enable. The book concludes with a discussion of the nature of economic theory and economics education in China today.

Software Development, Design and Coding: With Patterns, Debugging, Unit Testing, and Refactoring

John Dooley, William and Marilyn Ingersoll Chair in Computer Science
Apress (2017)

Software Development, Design and Coding introduces you to software engineering — from the application of engineering principles to the development of software. You'll see how to run a software development project, examine the different phases of a project, and learn how to design and implement programs that solve specific problems. It's also about code construction — how to write great programs and make them work.

Order and Insecurity in Germany and Turkey: Military Cultures of the 1930s

Emre Sencer, Associate Professor of History
Routledge (2017)

Order and Insecurity in Germany and Turkey examines processes of military, political and cultural transformation from the perspective of officers in two countries: Germany and Turkey in the 1930s. The national fates of both countries interlocked during the Great War years and their close alliance dictated their joint defeat in 1918.

Poesía Quechua en Bolivia (Quechua Poetry in Bolivia)

Julio Noriega, Professor of Modern Languages and Chair of Latin American Studies
Universidad Nacional Mayor De San Marcos (2016)

More than eight million people speak Quechua, an indigenous language spoken primarily in Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador, but few have seen it in print. Poesía Quechua en Bolivia (Quechua poetry in Bolivia), puts poetry in Quechua in print. 

The Truth About Death: And Other Stories

Robert Hellenga, George Appleton Lawrence Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of English and Distinguished Writer-in-Residence
Bloomsbury Publishing (2016)

The Truth About Death: And Other Stories is a collection of nine humorous short stories that ponders the questions of death while trying to understand what makes life worthwhile. Characters include an undertaker and his wife as well as their dog, who provides comfort to not only grief-stricken families, but to the couple as well.

Input Destacado y Adquisición de la Gramática (Enhanced Input and Grammar Acquisition)

By Claudia Fernández, Associate Professor of Modern Languages (Spanish)
Difusión (2016)

Input Destacado y Adquisición de la Gramática is a monograph that guides experts and non-experts alike through the mechanics of teaching a second language, specifically Spanish. The four teaching techniques discussed in the monograph are designed to teach students in an approachable fashion.

Codes, Ciphers and Spies: Tales of Military Intelligence in World War I

By John Dooley, William and Mary Ingersoll Professor of Computer Science
Copernicus (2016)

Dooley's book reveals an unlikely hero: Professor John Matthews Manly, who assisted in the codebreaking efforts for the U.S. Army Intelligence Division with his background in mathematics, cryptography, and literature. With assistance from Elizabeth King '13, Dooley explains the collection of previously unpublished historical articles and writings of Professor Manly.

Introduction to Financial Mathematics

By Kevin Hastings '76, Rothwell Stephens C. Distinguished Professorship in Mathematics
CRC Press (2015)

Introduction to Financial Mathematics was born when Professor Hastings was having a difficult time finding a textbook for his introductory financial mathematics course. His fourth textbook consists of teaching students actuarial science with the basics of financial portfolio valuation with broken down, concrete examples.

The Violence

By Rob McClure Smith, John and Elaine Fellowes Distinguished Chair in English
Queen's Ferry Press (2015)

The Violence is a collection of non-fiction essays that explores different historical issues with a humorous perspective. A few topics covered in this collection include rat extermination, seduction by Kenyan boy toys, and nightmare family vacations.

Wild Domestic

By Natania Rosenfeld, professor of English
Sheep Meadow Press (2015)

Wild Domestic is a collection of poems dealing with childhood and family history; migration and travel among history-laden places in the world; the strangeness of the animal and human worlds; and a variety of works of art.

No Shape Bends the River So Long

By  Monica Berlin '95, associate professor of English, and Beth Marzoni '04
Parlor Press (2015)

No Shape Bends the River So Long meanders through the American landscape in search of site and relic, home and away-from-home. Part meditation on our tenuous position in the natural world and part interrogation of that relationship, these poems map what any place records and what it has erased.

The Confessions of Frances Godwin

By Robert Hellenga, George Appleton Lawrence Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of English
Bloomsbury USA (2014)

The Confessions of Frances Godwin is a fictional memoir of a retired high school Latin teacher looking back on her life. Though Frances's journey takes her to Verona and Rome, she lives much of her life in Galesburg, attending Knox College and teaching at a Galesburg high school.

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