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RONALD S. CALINGER, PHD’71 (HISTORY)

LEONHARD EULER: MATHEMATICAL GENIUS IN THE ENLIGHTENMENT (PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2015)

Leonhard Euler chronicles the life of one of the greatest mathematicians and theoretical physicists of all time. In this first full-scale biography of Euler (1707–83), Calinger highlights his life and achievements in mathematics and in areas including shipbuilding, cartography, and music theory. Calinger is professor emeritus of history at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and the founding chancellor of the Euler Society.

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HELEN KIYONG KIM, AM’97, AND NOAH SAMUEL LEAVITT, AM’97

JEWASIAN: RACE, RELIGION, AND IDENTITY FOR AMERICA’S NEWEST JEWS (UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA PRESS, 2016)

Using in-depth interviews, married couple Kim and Leavitt examine race, religion, and ethnicity in the increasing number of Jewish and Asian American households. JewAsian explores the everyday lives of these intermarriages and how their children negotiate their identities in 21st-century America. Kim is an associate professor and Leavitt is an associate dean of students at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.

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NANCY WATERS ELLENBERGER, AM’72 (INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS)

BALFOUR’S WORLD: ARISTOCRACY AND POLITICAL CULTURE AT THE FIN DE SIÈCLE (BOYDELL & BREWER, 2015)

This book chronicles how prime minister Arthur James Balfour (1848–1930) helped build a new “emotional regime” among Britain’s political elite at the turn of the century. Using journals, letters, and publications, Ellenberger explores both the public and private lives of Balfour’s political and social circles at a time of dramatic cultural shifts related to class, gender, imperialism, media, and capitalism. Ellenberger is a professor of history at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

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TIMOTHY STEWART-WINTER, AM’03, PHD’09 (HISTORY)

QUEER CLOUT: CHICAGO AND THE RISE OF GAY POLITICS (UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA PRESS, 2016)

Called “original, important, and unfailingly smart” (Robert Self, Brown University), Queer Clout traces the political mobilization of Chicago’s LGBT community, from the postwar era to the present, and its alliance with the city’s African American activists. Weaving together activism and electoral politics, Stewart-Winter uses oral histories and archival records, including those of undercover police officers and newly available papers of activists, politicians, and city agencies. He is an assistant professor of history at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, in Newark.