Have edited hundreds of scholarly books, textbooks, and trade books for most major US publishers and many small presses and book packagers; publishers have included HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin, Macmillan, Prentice Hall, Wiley, Jossey-Bass, MIT Press, and many others. Nonfiction manuscripts have included memoirs and travel adventures as well as scholarly books and trade books on almost every topic: religion and spirituality, higher education, business, technology, healthcare, history, politics, nature and the environment, urban planning, psychology, sociology, criminology, linguistics, philosophy, women's literature, and others.
Have also provided a wide range of editorial services (developmental editing, copyediting, manuscript evaluations or critiques, major rewrites, ghostwriting, research) to individual authors, both traditionally published and self-published.
Coordinated staff of about 30 faculty members and supervised office staff; handled budget and curriculum matters; taught courses
Taught literature and writing courses
Taught literature, linguistics, and writing courses (composition, ESL, business writing, creative writing); chaired Linguistics Program, 1981-1982
Berwick and Chomsky draw on recent developments in linguistic theory to offer an evolutionary account of language and humans' remarkable, species-specific ability to acquire it.“A loosely connected collection of four essays that will fascinate anyone interested in the extraordinary phenomenon of language.”―New York Review of BooksWe are born crying, but those cries signal the first stirring of... read more
An important Russian economist and politician takes a long view of economic history and Russia's development.It is not so easy to take the long view of socioeconomic history when you are participating in a revolution. For that reason, Russian economist Yegor Gaidar put aside an early version of this work to take up a series of government positions―as Minister of Finance and as Boris Yeltsin's ... read more
An exploration of the scientific limits of knowledge that challenges our deep-seated beliefs about our universe, our rationality, and ourselves.Many books explain what is known about the universe. This book investigates what cannot be known. Rather than exploring the amazing facts that science, mathematics, and reason have revealed to us, this work studies what science, mathematics, and reason... read more
What parents need to know about the causes and treatment of children's late talking: how to avoid misdiagnoses, navigate the educational system, and more.When children are late in hitting developmental milestones, parents worry. And no delay causes more parental anxiety than late talking, which is associated in many parents' minds with such serious conditions as autism and severe intellectual ... read more
Can there be a Buddhism without karma, nirvana, and reincarnation that is compatible with the rest of knowledge?If we are material beings living in a material world―and all the scientific evidence suggests that we are―then we must find existential meaning, if there is such a thing, in this physical world. We must cast our lot with the natural rather than the supernatural. Many Westerners with ... read more
The cultural history of heredity: scholars from a range of disciplines discuss the evolution of the concept of heredity, from the Early Modern understanding of the act of "generation" to its later nineteenth-century definition as the transmission of characteristics across generations.Until the middle of the eighteenth century, the biological makeup of an organism was ascribed to an individual ... read more
An examination of the fierce disputes that arose in Britain in the decades around 1900 concerning patents for electrical power and telecommunications.Late nineteenth-century Britain saw an extraordinary surge in patent disputes over the new technologies of electrical power, lighting, telephony, and radio. These battles played out in the twin tribunals of the courtroom and the press. In Patentl... read more
How the interplay between government regulation and the private sector has shaped the electric industry, from its nineteenth-century origins to twenty-first-century market restructuring.For more than a century, the interplay between private, investor-owned electric utilities and government regulators has shaped the electric power industry in the United States. Provision of an essential service... read more
The human imagination remains one of the last uncharted terrains of the mind. This accessible and original monograph explores a central aspect of the imagination, the creation of counterfactual alternatives to reality, and claims that imaginative thoughts are guided by the same principles that underlie rational thoughts. Research has shown that rational thought is more imaginative than cogniti... read more
There are few books available that so readily capture the realities of working with deeply troubled children. Reprinting this classic work will contribute to the quality healing work to which the best practitioners are committed. As stated by Dr. Craig Latham, Ph.D., a nationally recognized forensic psychologist who works daily with this population: “Too often, those of us treating children in... read more
Applying fresh tools from economics to explain puzzling behaviors of religious radicals: Muslim, Christian, and Jewish; violent and benign.How do radical religious sects run such deadly terrorist organizations? Hezbollah, Hamas, Lashkar-e-Taiba, and the Taliban all began as religious groups dedicated to piety and charity. Yet once they turned to violence, they became horribly potent, executing... read more
Is medical ethics in times of armed conflict identical to medical ethics in times of peace, as the World Medical Association declares? In Bioethics and Armed Conflict, the first comprehensive study of medical ethics in conventional, unconventional, and low-intensity war, Michael Gross examines the dilemmas that arise when bioethical principles clash with military necessity―when physicians try ... read more
A Mouthful of Rivets is the oral history of the women who took part in World War II on the homefront. In more than one hundred interviews, Nancy Baker Wise and Christy Wise create a textured portrait of the challenges and triumphs these powerful women experienced. Each woman vividly describes how she overcame discrimination, harassment, emotional and physical challenges, and inadequate trainin... read more
A provocative argument that the best way to deliver high-quality healthcare to Americans is to institute a comprehensive and fair system of rationing.Most people would agree that the healthcare system in the United States is a mess. Healthcare accounts for a larger percentage of gross domestic product in the United States than in any other industrialized nation, but health outcomes do not refl... read more
An analysis of the cognitive consequences of diminished contact with nature examines the relationship between how people think about the natural world and how they act on it, and how these are affected by cultural differences.Surveys show that our growing concern over protecting the environment is accompanied by a diminishing sense of human contact with nature. Many people have little commonse... read more
An examination of metaphor in poetry as a microcosm of the human imagination―a way to understand the mechanisms of creativity.In The Spider's Thread, Keith Holyoak looks at metaphor as a microcosm of the creative imagination. Holyoak, a psychologist and poet, draws on the perspectives of thinkers from the humanities―poets, philosophers, and critics―and from the sciences―psychologists, neurosci... read more
Prominent scholars consider the cognitive and neural similarities between birdsong and human speech and language.Scholars have long been captivated by the parallels between birdsong and human speech and language. In this book, leading scholars draw on the latest research to explore what birdsong can tell us about the biology of human speech and language and the consequences for evolutionary bi... read more
The transformation of sound recording into a scientific technique in the study of birdsong, as biologists turned wildlife sounds into scientific objects.Scientific observation and representation tend to be seen as exclusively visual affairs. But scientists have often drawn on sensory experiences other than the visual. Since the end of the nineteenth century, biologists have used a variety of t... read more
An argument for a major federal program to stimulate innovation in energy technology and a proposal for a policy approach to implement it.America is addicted to fossil fuels, and the environmental and geopolitical costs are mounting. A public-private program―at an expanded scale―to stimulate innovation in energy policy seems essential. In Structuring an Energy Technology Revolution, Charles We... read more
Experts discuss the contractual instability resulting from commodity price volatility and its effect on private investment and public involvement.Volatility in commodity prices has been accompanied by perpetual renegotiation of contracts between private investors in natural resource production and the governments of states with mineral and energy wealth. When prices skyrocket, governments want... read more
Notions of nature and art as they have been defined and redefined in Western culture, from the Hippocratic writers and Aristotle of Ancient Greece to nineteenth-century chemistry and twenty-first century biomimetics.Genetically modified food, art in the form of a phosphorescent rabbit implanted with jellyfish DNA, and robots that simulate human emotion would seem to be evidence for the blurrin... read more
Scholars argue for the importance of the developmental synthesis, or evo-devo, discussing the history and potential of this growing field of study and presenting specific case studies.The twentieth century's conceptual separation of the process of evolution (changes in a population as its members reproduce and die) from the process of development (changes in an organism over the course of its ... read more
Americans today are increasingly concerned about the state of the environment. Polls show that a remarkable 63 percent would roll back recent tax cuts to finance environmental protection and that fully 95 percent want environmental education included in the public school curriculum. America's Environmental Report Card offers answers to some of our most pressing environmental questions, providi... read more
Case studies demonstrate the spatial disconnect between global consumption and production and its effects on local environmental quality and human rights.Multinational corporations often exploit natural resources or locate factories in poor countries far from the demand for the products and profits that result. Developed countries also routinely dump hazardous materials and produce greenhouse ... read more
Readings that point the way to a peaceful, democratic, and ecologically resilient transition to an era of localization, limits, and societal opportunities.Energy supplies are tightening. Persistent pollutants are accumulating. Food security is declining. There is no going back to the days of reckless consumption, but there is a possibility―already being realized in communities across North Ame... read more
It is well known that American businesses make an effort to influence environmental policy by attempting to set the political agenda and to influence regulations and legislation. This book examines what is not so well known: the extent to which business succeeds in its policy interventions. In Business and Environmental Policy, a team of distinguished scholars systematically analyzes corporate... read more
Knowledge about environmental problems has expanded rapidly in recent decades, as have the number and variety of processes for making large-scale scientific assessments of those problems and their possible solutions. Yet too often scientific information has not been transformed into effective and appropriate policies to protect the global environment. In this book, scholars use a comparative a... read more
Case studies exploring how experts' encounters with environmental justice are changing technical and scientific practice.Over the course of nearly thirty years, the environmental justice movement has changed the politics of environmental activism and influenced environmental policy. In the process, it has turned the attention of environmental activists and regulatory agencies to issues of poll... read more
An original methodological framework for approaching the archived web, both as a source and as an object of study in its own right.As life continues to move online, the web becomes increasingly important as a source for understanding the past. But historians have yet to formulate a methodology for approaching the archived web as a source of study. How should the history of the present be writt... read more
An examination of how the scientific study of sound sensation became increasingly intertwined with musical aesthetics in nineteenth-century Germany and Austria.In the middle of the nineteenth century, German and Austrian concertgoers began to hear new rhythms and harmonies as non-Western musical ensembles began to make their way to European cities and classical music introduced new composition... read more
Pedaling a bicycle around the world was a lifelong dream, but everyone told him it could not be done. Dismissing the skeptics, disinterested sponsors, and a woefully inadequate bank account, Scott Zamek resolved to try. Some 25,000 miles and six million pedal revolutions later, Zamek had encountered Bengal tigers, angry mobs, prison and sandstorms, fed on yak, dog meat, and gobs of cow intesti... read more
"I've got a gun under my seat, so don't try anything." Such were the types of rides Scott Zamek encountered after chucking his job, donning a backpack, and hitchhiking 10,000 miles around the dusty roads of America. The Hitchhiker's Guide to Life puts us in the passenger seat, right next to the bizarre assortment of characters who pull over to offer a friendly lift--from movie actors, fading r... read more
What if you could recognize patterns in your life and then use that knowledge to get ahead, manage your well being, and prepare for both good and bad times? What if the blueprint of your existence was within your grasp via an extensively researched mathematical calculation that was easy to understand and apply to your specific life? Wait no longer. Now you can do just that. Researcher George P... read more
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