Books by Faculty

Born from Lament: The Theology and Politics of Hope in Africa

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017

For Emmanuel Katongole, there is no more urgent theological task than to provide an account of hope for those enduring Africa’s endless cycles of violence, war, poverty, and displacement.

Civil Society, Peace, and Power

Rowman & Littlefield, 2016

Editors David Cortright, Melanie Greenberg and Laurel Stone illustrate the growth of civil society involvement in national, regional, and international peacebuilding policy through a number of case studies which feature women's perspectives and voices from the Global South. 

Peace through Law: Reflections on Pacem in Terris from Philosophy, Law, Theology, and Political Science

Nomos/Aschendorf/Bloomsbury, 2016

Editors Heinz-Gerhard Justenhoven and Mary Ellen O’Connell offer reflections on Pope John XXIII’s peace encyclical Pacem in Terris from the disciplines of philosophy, law, theology, and political science.

The Puzzle of Peace: The Evolution of Peace in the International System

Oxford University Press, 2016

Gary Goertz, Paul F. Diehl, and Alexandru Balas reconceptualize peace as more than the absence of war.

Quality Peace: Peacebuilding, Victory, & World Order

Oxford University Press, 2015

Peter Wallensteen offers a broad analysis of peacebuilding, isolating what does and not work when settling conflicts.

The Politics of Global Climate Change

Paradigm, 2015

Patrick Regan articulates a multi-level political process for influencing climate change legislation, beginning with local politics.

Drones and the Future of Armed Conflict

University of Chicago Press, 2015

Editors David Cortright, Rachel Fairhurst and Kristen Wall present a conversation among leading scholars that analyzes the legal, ethical and strategic implications of American drone warfare. 

What Is a Madrasa?

University of North Carolina Press, 2015

Ebrahim Moosa introduces readers to the world of the madrasa—the most common type of school for religious instruction in the Islamic world—providing an informative resource for anyone seeking to understand orthodox Islam in global affairs.

The Oxford Handbook of Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding

Oxford University Press, 2015

Scott Appleby, David Little and Atalia Omer provide a comprehensive and interdisciplinary account of the scholarship on religion, conflct and peacebuilding.

Reconcile: Conflict Transformation for Ordinary Christians

Herald Press, 2014

This book by international mediator John Paul Lederach serves as a guidebook for church groups, families or individuals seeking a scriptural view of reconciliation and practical steps for transforming conflict.

Regional Organizations and Peacebuilding: Challengers to the UN?

Routledge, 2014

This book, edited by Peter Wallensteen and Anders Bjurner, analyzes the new and difficult roles of regional organizations in peacemaking after the end of the Cold War and how they relate to the United Nations.

Contested Frontiers in the Syria-Lebanon-Israel Region: Cartography, Sovereignty, and Conflict

Woodrow Wilson Center Press/John Hopkins University Press, 2013

Asher Kaufman studies one of the flash points of the Middle East since the 1960s—a tiny region of roughly 100 square kilometers where Syria, Lebanon and Israel come together but where the borders have never been clearly marked.

Responding to Genocide: The Politics of International Action

Rienner, 2013

This volume, co-edited by Adam Lupel and Ernesto Verdeja and a project of the International Peace Institute, explores the causes of genocide and mass atrocities, examining the challenges involved in forging effective international policies to mitigate genocidal violence.

Globalization, Social Movements and Peacebuilding

Syracuse University Press, 2013

This volume, edited by Jackie Smith and Ernesto Verdeja, considers how global capitalism affects peace processes. By including the work of anthropologists, economists, sociologists, and political scientists, it presents a broad yet thorough exploration of the complexities of peacebuilding in a global market economy

When Peace Is Not Enough: How the Israeli Peace Camp Thinks about Religion, Nationalism, and Justice

University of Chicago Press, 2013

Atalia Omer cuts to the heart of the Israeli-Arab conflict, navigating complex arguments about ethnicity, boundaries and peace while highlighting groups that provide urgently needed resources for conflict analysis and peacebuilding.

Genocide Matters: Ongoing Issues and Emerging Perspectives

Routledge, 2013

This book, edited by Joyce Apsel and Ernesto Verdeja, provides an interdisciplinary overview of recent scholarship in genocide studies.

Religious Nationalism: A Reference Handbook

ABC-CLIO, 2013

Written by Atalia Omer and Jason Springs, this book tackles the assumptions behind common understandings of religious nationalism, exploring the complex connections between religion, nationalism, conflict, and conflict transformation.

I Did It to Save My Life: Love and Survival in Sierra Leone

University of California Press, 2012

Catherine Bolten's book tells the story of how ordinary Sierra Leoneans survived the decade-long war that devastated their country. The book illuminates a social world based on love, compassion, material exchange, and nurturing.

A Tale of Two Cultures: Qualitative and Quantitative Research in the Social Sciences

Princeton University Press, 2012

Gary Goertz and James Mahoney identify and discuss major differences between qualitative and quantitative research methods while seeking to promote tolerance and exchange of ideas.

What Is War?

Brill, 2012

International law has lacked a widely accepted definition of armed conflict, despite the essential human rights and other rules that depend on such a definition. This book, edited by Mary Ellen O'Connell, contains the report of the International Law Association's Committee on the Use of Force and papers delivered at an interdisciplinary conference to inform the committee.