Recent Books Authored by Bradley Faculty

Faculty members from all disciplines publish books on a vast range of topics. This new section of Bradley Hilltopics is devoted to sharing a sampling of recent works with our readers.

Wrestling Li Po for the Remote Fifth Star Press / In his latest poetry collection, Caterpillar Professor of English Dr. Kevin Stein examines contemporary American society through a variety of subjects. Whether Stein — the Illinois Poet Laureate — is discussing Gold Star Mothers who have lost children to war, nightshift factory workers, guitarist Les Paul, a dog’s Valentine poem, or any of his many other themes, he brings both empathy and an astute eye for cultural foibles. Ultimately, the poems pull no punches while posing fundamental questions of self and art in the modern era. 

The Body of Faith: A Biological History of Religion in America The University of Chicago Press / Caterpillar Professor of Religious Studies Dr. Robert Fuller provides the first account of American religious history to highlight the biological body. This new perspective shows that the body’s genetically evolved systems — pain responses, sexual passion, and emotions — have persistently shaped the ways that Americans forge relationships with nature, society and God. The first new installment in the Chicago History of American Religion series in decades, his book offers a truly interdisciplinary framework for explaining the richness, diversity, and endless creativity of American religious life. 

No Excuses: How You Can Turn Any Workplace into a Great One Jossey-Bass, a Wiley brand / In this follow-up to The Great Workplace, Dr. Michael Burchell and Dr. Jennifer Robin, assistant professor of business management and administration, poke holes in every excuse managers use for why they can’t create great workplaces. The authors explore how managers can interrupt their own negative thought patterns and instead create lasting change. Through case studies, stories, tips, and tools, they prove that any and every organization can change for the better when managers have the right mindset.


Intermediate Heat Transfer CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group / This text from Dr. Ahmad Fakheri, professor of mechanical engineering, employs nondimension- alization as a tool for simplifying the governing equations, developing additional insights into the physics of the problems, identifying the relevant parameters, and arriving at general solutions. It also provides comprehensive coverage of the topics and develops the skills for solving heat transfer problems using numerical methods with the aid of spreadsheets and computational fluid mechanics software. Written for upper-level undergraduate and introductory graduate courses, the book covers convective, conductive, and radiative heat transfer at the graduate level.

Beyond the Aussies and Roos: J.C.’s Adventures in the Outback Vol. 11 Frazier Press / Jan Hoyt Frazier ’71 MA ’04, instructor of speech communication, shares the latest tale of J.C. van Winkler and Smitty in the 11th installment of her young-adult fiction series. In this book, the time-traveling duo journeys to Australia. While Down Under, they see amazing views, encounter indigenous animals, and meet some of the country’s historical legends, including explorer James Cook and Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin. Of course, the real adventure begins when they must save the Aborigines from Tank, the evil son of their nemesis Wicker. 

1,001 Algebra I Practice Problems for Dummies (Math & Science) and 1,001 Algebra II Practice Problems for Dummies (Math & Science) For Dummies / Mathematics Lecturer Mary Jane Sterling provides opportunities for students to refine their understanding of the subject. Algebra I starts with basic operations and moves on to algebraic properties, polynomials, and quadratic equations before finishing with graphing. Algebra II reviews the basics and ends with sequences, sets, and counting techniques, covering everything from solving non-linear equations and inequalities to functions and systems of equations and inequalities. Both books include a free one-year subscription to online practice problems, including detailed step-by-step answers and explanations for every question.

— C.M.