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Redbird media: Latest books from ISU faculty and staff

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The following summaries of books authored by Illinois State faculty and staff appear in the spring 2018 print issue of the Redbird Scholar.

Corruption, Accountability and Discretion
Co-edited by Nancy S. Lind, professor, Department of Politics and Government, and Cara Rabe-Hemp, professor, Department of Criminal Justice Sciences (Emerald Publishing, 2017)

The corruption of public officials in the United States and its corrosive impact on public policy, political stability, and democratic institutions, earns it a spot among the most critical public crises of the last decade. Corruption is present in many facets of politics from campaign fundraising to political elections. Corruption, Accountability and Discretion posits that the root of the problem lies in politicians’ ability to make political decisions based on personal interest. This book analyzes the origins and effects of this corruption and details the ramifications that political corruption has on public policy, democratic institutions, and political stability at large.

The Third Reich’s Intelligence Services: The Career of Walter Schellenberg
By Katrin Paehler, associate professor, Department of History (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

The Third Reich’s Intelligence Services is the first analytical study of Nazi Germany’s political foreign intelligence service, Office VI, and its founder, Walter Schellenberg. Katrin Paehler is a scholar of Nazi Germany, who has spent years studying declassified documents about Office VI in the United States, Russia, and Germany. The book exposes the origins of Office VI and Schellenberg’s rise to power among Nazi intellectuals, including his patron Heinrich Himmler. Although not much intelligence emerged from Office VI, its history offers a different perspective of the demise of the Nazi party.

The Neoliberal Agenda and the Student Debt Crisis in U.S. Higher Education
Co-edited by Lucille Eckrich, associate professor, Department of Educational Administration and Foundations (Routledge, 2017)

This book analyzes the student debt crisis in the United States. Students are increasingly becoming dependent on loans to finance higher education, and the debt is crippling their financial futures. Lucille Eckrich and her co-editors expose the predatory nature of the student loan industry through a collection of testimonials of Americans living in student debt. The three-part book opens with the historical, political, and economic context under which the crisis started and ends by offering alternatives to the current system in place.

The History Series, Illinois State University
By April Karlene Anderson, university archivist, Dr. Jo Ann Rayfield Archives (Arcadia Publishing, 2017)

April Anderson uses findings from campus archives to delve into Illinois State University’s past. She combed through hundreds of thousands of archive artifacts to find the 200 images featured in the book. The pictures illustrate the evolution of campus buildings, the Quad, and other landmarks specific to Illinois State. The collection of images highlights the little-known link between the histories of the University and the nation at large.

Here are some other recent works by Redbird scholars:

A Pleasure to Measure! Tasks for Teaching measurement in the Elementary Grades
Co-authored by Jeffrey Barrett, professor, Department of Mathematics (National Council Of Teachers of Mathematics, 2017)

We Need to Talk: A New Method for Evaluating Poetry
Co-authored by Bob Broad, professor, Department of English (Multilingual Matters, 2017)

Understanding Victimology: An Active Learner Approach
Co-authored by Shelly Clevenger, assistant professor, Department of Criminal Justice Sciences (Routledge, 2018)

Globalization and American Popular Culture (Fourth Edition)
By Lane Crothers, professor, Department of Politics and Government (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017)

A Material History of Medieval and Early Modern Ciphers: Cryptography and the History of Literacy
Co-edited by Katherine Ellison, professor, Department of English, and Susan Kim, professor, Department of English (Routledge 2017)

Case Studies in Therapeutic Recreation
By Susan Hildebrand, instructional assistant professor, School of Kinesiology and Recreation, and Rachel E. Smith, instructional assistant professor, School of Kinesiology and Recreation (Venture Publishing, 2017)

Strange Oscillations and Vibrations of Sympathy
By Kendra Paitz, senior curator, University Galleries (University Galleries of Illinois State University, 2017)

Carrie Schneider: Nine Trips Around the Sun
Edited by Kendra Paitz, senior curator, University Galleries (University Galleries of Illinois State University, 2017)

Thriving in an All Boys Club: Female Police and their Fight for Equality
By Cara Rabe-Hemp, professor, Department of Criminal Justice Sciences (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017)

Lived Islam and Islamism in Bangladesh
By Ali Riaz, Distinguished Professor, Department of Politics and Government (Prothoma Prokashan, 2017)

Substance and Seduction: Ingested Commodities in Early Modern Mesoamerica
Co-edited by Kathryn Sampeck, associate professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology (University of Texas Press, 2017)

Handbook of Writing, Literacies and Education in Digital Cultures (First Edition)
Co-edited by Anna Smith, assistant professor, Department of Educational Administration and Foundations (Routledge, 2017)

The Taiwan Voter
Co-edited by T.Y. Wang, professor, Department of Politics and Government (University of Michigan Press, 2017)

Engaging Civic Engagement: Framing the Civic Education Movement in Higher Education
By Chad Woolard, instructional assistant professor, School of Communication (Lexington Books, 2017)

Some of the information from these summaries came from the authors and their publishers. Books, audio and video recordings, and mobile applications created by Illinois State University faculty, staff, and students are eligible for inclusion in this section. Submit entries to For more listings, visit

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