Faculty Reads, Volume Three

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Volume three of the faculty reading list includes an array of scholarly works penned by Northeastern University professors, such as associate professor of music Hilary Poriss’ exploration of how Italian opera has been reshaped through the centuries, and CBA distinguished professor of international business and strategy Ravi Ramamurti’s examination of business trends as globalization has intensified.

Title: “Fashions and Legacies of Nineteenth-Century Italian Opera”

Author: Hilary Poriss, associate professor of music

Description: Operatic works by Italian composers of the nineteenth century like Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini, Verdi, and Puccini have undergone countless transformations since their origins, shifting shape in response to a variety of new geographic, temporal, technological, and performative contexts. The book’s thirteen contributors including singers, stage directors, conductors, and other theatrical personalities, explore the ways in which these operatic works have been reshaped and revived throughout the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries.


Title: “Extreme Killing: Understanding Serial and Mass Murder (2nd Edition)”

Author: James Alan Fox, Lipman family professor, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and Jack Levin, Brudnick distinguished professor of sociology and anthropology

Description: Filled with contemporary and classic case studies, this fully updated second edition illustrates the many violent expressions of power, revenge, terror, greed, and loyalty. It examines the theories of criminal behavior and applies them to multiple homicide cases from around the world.

Title: “The Future of Foreign Direct Investment and the Multinational Enterprise”

Author: Ravi Ramamurti, College of Business Administration distinguished professor of international business and strategy

Description: Foreign direct investment (FDI) and multinational enterprises (MNEs) have grown in numbers and complexity as globalization has intensified. This volume, with contributions from distinguished international business scholars, examines new issues relating to FDIs and MNEs and focuses on four key areas: how to make internationalization decisions; how the national origin of MNEs affects firms’ competitive advantages; the changing scope of MNE; and how governments should harness MNEs for the greater good.


Title: “Pop Art and the Contest Over American Culture”

Author: Sara Doris, assistant professor of art and design

Description: This book examines the socially and aesthetically subversive character of the American pop art movement within the larger framework of the social, cultural, and political transformations of the 1960s. It demonstrates how pop art’s use of discredited mass-cultural imagery worked to challenge established social and cultural hierarchies, while foreshadowing the radical politics that emerged late in the decade and shaping today’s postmodern culture.


Title: “Foundations of Mathematical and Computational Economics”

Author: Kamran Dadkhah, asociate professor of economics and econometrics

Description: By using clear language and examples, this textbook explains how mathematics impacts economics and econometrics. It provides an in-depth look into computation and computational economics and will help prepare the reader for both exams and the workforce.