Faculty across the University of Maryland, Baltimore share their expertise through the printed word. Here are a few of their books on interesting topics.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Christians with Depression: A Tool-Based Primer
UMB Author: Michelle Pearce, PhD, assistant professor, Graduate School
Review: “I think there is no wiser investment of a therapist’s or clergyperson’s time than reading this book and practicing the tools that it contains. The result will be that Christian patients with depression will not only lessen their suffering but will also strengthen and deepen their faith.” — Harold Koenig, MD, director, Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health, Duke University Medical Center
The Death Penalty: Concepts and Insights
UMB Author: Lee B. Kovarsky, JD, professor, Carey School of Law
Summary: The death penalty is contested across modern social, political, academic, and legal institutions, and this interdisciplinary text helps readers analyze that debate. It begins with Furman v. Georgia, which doubles as the Supreme Court’s only decision (in 1972) striking down the death penalty and as the origin of modern American capital punishment. The text concludes with a glimpse to the future of the death penalty, and situates the increasingly exceptional American experience in an international context.
Social Policy and Social Justice: Meeting the Challenges of a Diverse Society, Third Edition
UMB Author: Michael Reisch, PhD, MSW, MA, Daniel Thursz Distinguished Professor of Social Justice, School of Social Work
Summary: The book uses case studies and rigorous analysis to explore the relationship of social policy to economic, social, and culture transformation and the ongoing conflict between universal and population-specific conceptions of social welfare. The third edition addresses recent dramatic changes in social policy — policies adopted by the Obama administration, those proposed and implemented by the Trump administration and Congress, and the effects of the Trump administration’s immigration and criminal justice policies on communities of color. The #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements also are addressed.