The Westminster College 2019 Faculty Book List

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December 11, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY—Westminster College's expert professors design academic experiences that challenge and empower students—and they contribute to the zeitgeist of knowledge through their writings. The following books were authored or edited by Westminster College faculty members and published in 2019.

Great Great Salt Lake monster mystery

"The Great Great Salt Lake Monster Mystery" by Bonnie Baxter, professor of biology and Jaimi Butler, Great Salt Lake Institute coordinator

While looking for the mysterious Great Salt Lake Monster, a group of kids make many other interesting discoveries about the science of Utah's Great Salt Lake. "The Great Great Salt Lake Monster Mystery" is the first book about the Great Salt Lake written and illustrated for children. It is a fine example of art meeting science. Illustrations by Westminster alumna Arly Landry ('14). Visit at to purchase "The Great Great Salt Lake Monster Mystery."

Lance Newman book

"The Literary Heritage of the Environmental Justice Movement: Landscapes of Revolution in Transatlantic Romanticism" by Lance Newman, dean of the school of arts and sciences

"The Literary Heritage of the Environmental Justice Movement" showcases environmental literature from writers who fought for women's rights, native rights, workers' power and the abolition of slavery during the Romantic Era. Many Romantic texts take flight from society and enact solitary white male encounters with a feminine nature. However, the symbolic landscapes of Romanticism were often radicalized by writers like Olaudah Equiano, Frederick Douglass, William Apess, George Copway, Mary Wollstonecraft, Lydia Maria Child, John Clare and Henry Thoreau. These authors showed how the oppression of human beings and the exploitation of nature are the twin driving forces of capitalism and colonialism. In addition to spotlighting new kinds of environmental literature, this book also reinterprets familiar texts by figures like William Blake, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mary Shelley, William Wordsworth and Walt Whitman, and it shows how these household figures were writing in conversation with their radical contemporaries. Find it on Amazon.

Marie Paxton

"Agonistic Democracy: Rethinking Political Institutions in Pluralist Times" by Marie Paxton Staniforth, assistant professor of political science

"Agonistic Democracy" explores how theoretical concepts from agonistic democracy can inform institutional design in order to mediate conflict in multicultural, pluralist societies. Marie Paxton outlines the importance of public contestation, contingency and necessary interdependency for contemporary agonistic thinkers. Situated within the context of a deeply polarised post-Trump America and post-Brexit Britain, this book reveals the need to rethink our approach to conflict mediation through democratic institutions. Pulling together insights from experimental research with deliberative democratic innovations, Paxton explores how agonistic theory might be institutionalised further. By discussing ways in which agonistic institutions might be developed to render democracy more virtuous, more engaging, and more inclusive, this book provides a unique resource for students of contemporary political theory. Find it on Amazon.

Cliff Hurst

"Five Lectures on Formal Axiology" foreword by and edited by Cliff Hurst, associate professor of management

During the final decade or so of his life, Robert S. Hartman frequently delivered a series of lectures in which he outlined the need for a scientific theory of human values, the theoretical requirements demanded of an effective value theory and his rationale behind the development of the particular value theory he developed, which he named formal axiology. He named these lectures, collectively, "Five Lectures in Formal Axiology." Find on Amazon.

Jeff Nichols

"Before the Boom: Mormons, Livestock, and Stewardship, 1847–1870" by Jeff Nichols, professor of history

The book "The Earth Will Appear as the Garden of Eden: Essays on Mormon Environmental History" features Jeff Nichols' essay "Before the Boom: Mormons, Livestock, and Stewardship, 1847–1870.

Nichols explores the early world of Mormon ranching and the deleterious impacts of livestock on the natural environment in prerailroad and precapitalist Utah Territory. As much as Mormons crafted an image as agrarian farmers, his work reminds us that they also depended on livestock raising. Most significantly, these animals can help us rethink early Mormon narratives of the Great Basin and the Mormon people's relationship to it. Learn more from The University of Utah Press.

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"Learning Basic Macroeconomics: A Policy Perspective from Different Schools Of Thought" by Hal W. Snarr, assistant professor of economics

Macroeconomics is grounded in microeconomics and uses mathematical models to simplify and illustrate complex processes. Learning it can be difficult. Because of this, macroeconomic-principles textbooks fail to connect topics and models in a concise, cohesive and meaningful way. The author details better topic selection and organization by building a model of the macroeconomy and utilizing a single hypothetical numerical example throughout the book to teach you the key principles.

Keynesian economics, a school of economic thought based on the views of the British economist John Maynard Keynes, is used to construct the model of the macroeconomy because it is elegant, simplistic, intuitive and politicians apply it when enacting stimulus bills. The assumptions of this model are then altered to contrast and compare the effects of fiscal and monetary policy from different economic perspectives. Find it at Business Expert Press.

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