College of Arts & Sciences Faculty Publications, Productions

The faculty of the University of Michigan-Flint's College of Arts and Sciences are talented professionals who work outside of the classroom to further their own learning and enrich their chosen fields of study. Following are some of their recent works.

For more information and complete lists, please look for faculty works on each department site.

Nonverbal Communication in Human Interaction

By Terrence C. Horgan - Assoc. Professor of Psychology at UM-Flint; Mark L. Knapp, University of Texas at Austin; and Judith A. Hall, Northeastern University

"The most comprehensive and readable compendium of research and theory on nonverbal communication available today. Written by a communication scholar and two social psychologists, the book offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of nonverbal communication that shows how it affects a wide variety of academic interests. The theory and research included in this text comes from scholars with a wide variety of academic backgrounds, including communication, anthropology, counseling, psychology, psychiatry, and linguistics. The eighth edition includes new material on nonverbal messages and technology/media that covers the increasing amount of communication that is mediated by some form of technology and newly added text boxes that acquaint readers with cutting-edge research questions and findings, and appeal to your real-life concerns." -

Application of Chaos and Fractals to Computer Vision

By Michael E. Farmer, Ph.D -  Associate Professor of Computer Science

This book provides a thorough investigation of the application of chaos theory and fractal analysis to computer vision. The contents of this book include chapters in biological vision systems, foundations of chaos and fractals, behavior of images and image sequences in phase space, mathematical measures for analyzing phase space, applications to pre-attentive vision and applications to post-attentive vision. Readers will develop a solid understanding of the concepts of chaos theory and their application to computer vision. They will be introduced to a new way of thinking about computer vision problems from the perspective of complex dynamical systems. This new approach will provide them a deeper understanding of the various phenomena present in complex image scenes.

Casa Versailles

Recording of Brian DiBlassio - Associate Professor and Dept. Chair of Music, Patrick Prouty - Lecturer, and their band Tumbao Bravo.

“Tumbao Bravo combine their collected musical personalities into a strong musical statement on Casa Versailles, using compositions from different band members as expressive launching points. Each composer delivers a different perspective on the combination of jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms, prioritizing various elements. While its completely evident that each band member brings a high level of comfort and experience with Afro-Cuban music to the group, their external musical influences lead toward a colorful and exciting repertoire . . . The balance of unity and individual influences makes Casa Versailles both interesting and engaging, delivering a solid musical performance over a collection of memorable original compositions. “
The Latin Jazz Corner (click for full review)


The Death of the American Death Penalty: States Still Leading the Way

By Larry W. Koch - Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan, Flint; Colin Wark, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Sociology at Texas A&M University, Kingsville; and John F. Galliher, Professor of Sociology at the University of Missouri, Columbia 

"The death penalty has largely disappeared as a national legislative issue and the Supreme Court has mainly bowed out, leaving the states at the cutting edge of abolition politics. This essential guide presents and explains the changing political and cultural challenges to capital punishment at the state level."
- The Death of the American Death Penalty

The Philosophy of Autism

Edited and including works by Dr. Jami L. Anderson and Dr. Simon Cushing - Associate Professors of Philosophy

This book examines autism from the tradition of analytic philosophy, working from the premise that Autism Spectrum Disorders raise interesting philosophical questions that need to be and can be addressed in a manner that is clear, jargon-free, and accessible. The goal of the original essays in this book is to provide a philosophically rich analysis of issues raised by autism and to afford dignity and respect to those impacted by autism by placing it at the center of the discussion.

Journals and Anthologies

• African Literature Today - Editd by Dr. Ernest Emenyonu of the Africana Studies department. Founded in 1968 by Heinemann Publishers, London, African Literature Today is the oldest international journal of African Literature in the world. Now a once-yearly publication, it covers single topics and extensive book reviews in each issue. The University of Michigan-Flint is currenty the Editorial Headquarters of the journal.

• Dialectical Anthropology - Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor Dr. Ananthakrishnan Aiyer, Associate Professor of Anthropology and ANT/SOC/CRJ Department Chair. Dialectical Anthropology is "an international journal that seeks to invigorate discussion among left intellectuals by publishing peer-reviewed articles, editorials, letters, reports form the field, political exchanges, and book reviews that foster open debate through criticism, research, and commentary from across the social sciences and humanities." All correspondence for the journal comes through UM-Flint and Dr. Aiyer's office.


Past Publications, Articles, Chapters, and Papers

Telling Our Stories: Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement in Flint. Stories, articles, letters, and poems compiled and edited by Professor Ananthakrishnan Aiyer of the Anthropology Department for the Flint ColorLine Project in March 2007.