What are you reading this week?

The Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs is compiling this ongoing reading list as a resource for faculty, present and prospective students, and alumni.

If you would like to share what you are reading this week, please fill out this form.


Week of April 6

  • Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David Blight, recommended by faculty member Mark Johnson. “I like historical biographies, and Frederick Douglass was one of the three most prominent people of the 19th century along with Lincoln and Mark Twain.”
  • Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa, suggested by Perry Roe (MA ’20). “It’s a book to nowhere, with no real plot or even cohesive story. The entire collection is a constant stream of consciousness by Pessoa which in itself challenges what counts as valuable thought, literature, poetry, philosophy, etc. One of my favorite quotes, which resonates with me and my life right now is: ‘My soul is impatient with itself, as with a bothersome child; its restlessness keeps growing and is forever the same. Everything interests me, but nothing holds me. I attend to everything, dreaming all the while. […]. I’m two, and both keep their distance — Siamese twins that aren’t attached.'”
  • Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin and ‘Gay Uses of the Streets’ by George Chauncey are two texts from Assistant Professor of Sociology Aleksandra Wagner’s classrooms. “Each of the texts is being discussed this week in one of my two classes (Baldwin in Sociology of Literature; Chauncey in Sociology of ‘Deviance.’)–it is in a near-astonishment that I read them side by side. As for the quote(s): ‘Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition’ (Baldwin); ‘There is no queer space; there are only spaces used by queers or put to queer use’ (Chauncey). * Something to think about, at this time.”
  • According to Urban Systems Lab’s Assistant Director, Christopher Kennedy, their team has been reading a lot of great COVID-19-related articles. You can check them out here.