Summer days mean summer reading. Many times, we’re thinking brain-candy beach reads — which are great! — but come evening, minds still need a good meal. Here are eight meaty books authored by Pomona College faculty and published so far this year or scheduled to drop this summer.

Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies Aimee Bahng’s, “Migrant Futures: Decolonizing Speculation in Financial Times,” is published by Duke University Press. Bahng examines financial speculation and the futures it predicts and juxtaposes its practices against those of speculative fiction. On Amazon, it was the No. 1 new release in Asian American literary criticism.

Professor of Mathematics Stephan Garcia’s co-authored “Finite Blaschke Products and Their Connections” is an accessible and comprehensive exposition of connections in complex analysis, linear algebra, operator theory and electrical engineering. Numerous exercises are included.

Professor of Politics Heidi Nichols Haddad’s book “The Hidden Hands of Justice: NGOs, Human Rights, and International Courts” will be released July 31, published by Cambridge University Press. In the book, using original data, she analyzes non-governmental organizations’ (NGOs) participation at international criminal and human rights courts.

Malkiat Johal, professor of chemistry, wrote the second edition of the textbook “Understanding Nanomaterials” (CRC Press). The textbook, which is a comprehensive introduction to the field that’s also an easy read, added a new co-author, Lewis Johnson ’07.

Politics Professor Susan McWilliams Brandt, in “The American Road Trip and American Political Thought,” (Rowman & Littlefield) writes that Americans' love for road trip stories goes beyond mere wanderlust  — they are stories that express American political thought, exploring central questions about the nation. The book is scheduled to be released in July. 

Char Miller, director and W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis, handles a burning topic in the anthology, “Where There’s Smoke: The Environmental Science, Public Policy, and Politics of Marijuana,” published by University Press of Kansas. The book explores the troubling environmental consequences of illegal marijuana production on public, private and tribal lands.  

In “Indecorous Thinking: Figures of Speech in Early Modern Poetics,” Professor of English Colleen Rosenfeld argues that one of early modern literature’s richest contributions to poetic theory is the idea that ostentatious figures of speech can expand the range and direction of our thoughts.

Professor of Music Gibb Schreffler’s “Boxing the Compass: A Century and a Half of Discourse About Sailor's Chanties,” (Loomis House Press) serves as a kind of ocean guide, looking at the history of writing about sea chanties and examining how that writing has shaped and obscured the accurate history and understanding of these maritime work-songs.

The AI Delusion” will be the late summer release from Gary Smith, Fletcher Jones Professor of Economics. Landing on September 1 and published by Oxford University Press, Smith says our faith in artificial intelligence is misplaced. He makes the case for human judgment rather than a computer’s and tells stories of AI gone wrong.

Faculty, if your book has been published this year or will be released this summer and it is not on our list, please submit to: sneha.abraham@pomona.edu .