Book Ends

Co-sponsored by the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies and the Office of the Vice President for Research, Books Ends—Obermann/OVPR Book Completion Workshop, supports University of Iowa faculty from disciplines in which publishing a monograph is required for tenure and promotion. The award is designed to assist faculty members turn promising manuscripts into important, field-changing, published books.

Summer 2019

Bjorn Anderson, Associate Professor, School of Art and Art History (CLAS)

  • Book title: Negotiating Identity in Nabataean Arabia. This manuscript examines the intersections of cultural identity in the kingdom of Nabataea, centered at Petra in southern Jordan.
  • Reviewers: Andrew Smith, Columbian College of Arts & Sciences; Raybun Taylor, University of Texas at Austin; Katina Lillios, UI Anthropology; Brenda Longfellow, UI Art & Art History

E. Cram, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies (CLAS)

  • Book title: Violent Inheritance and the Legacy of Sexuality Modernity in the Rocky Mountain West. This manuscript examines spaces and performances of memory in/of western lands to interpret the ongoing legacy of sexual modernity in shaping cultures of violence in the Rocky Mountain region.
  • Reviewers: Gregory Seigworth, Millersville University; Dana Luciano, Rutgers University; Kembrew McLeod, UI Communications Studies; Naomi Greyser, UI GWSS, American Studies, and English

This was such a wonderful experience and I know that my book manuscript will be all the better before sending it off to the press later in the year. There are so few opportunities for this kind of feedback in the pre-tenure book writing process, and I am very grateful.

E. Cram, Communication Studies

After doing this two years in a row, I think Book Ends is one of the most exciting and valuable things that has been launched by Obermann, from a career development perspective.

Kembrew McLeod, Communication Studies