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Shadow Campus Paperback – July 22, 2013
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Author of 10 books, she is a professor at USC's Marshall School of Business, a featured political blogger at The Huffington Post since 2005, and the recipient of the 2013 Humanitarian Award from the UConn Alumni Association.
Her first book, PERSUASION IN PRACTICE, (revised edition retitled), was called by Public Opinion Quarterly "a landmark contribution to the field" of research and theory in persuasion.
Her first trade book, THEY DON'T GET IT, DO THEY?, was based on her Harvard Business Review article "The Memo Every Woman Keeps in Her Desk," which became an HBR reprint best seller. Her latest HBR article is "Courage as a Skill."
THE SECRET HANDSHAKE (2000), an Amazon business and nonfiction bestseller, provides a rare and perceptive inside look at the politics of business. IT'S ALL POLITICS (2005) provides a deeper analysis of workplace politics. Other Kathleen Kelley Reardon books for professional people include THE SKILLED NEGOTIATOR (2004) and COMEBACKS AT WORK: USING CONVERSATION TO MASTER CONFRONTATION (2010).
Professor Reardon also wrote CHILDHOOD DENIED: ENDING THE NIGHTMARE OF CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT (2008) an investigation into the legal, political and societal treatment of foster children in the U.S. The concept she introduced in that book of creating university-based academies to prepare foster children for college (of whom only approximately 3% graduate) has already resulted in the creation of four such academies at major universities, with more on the way. At First Star, the nonprofit with which initiates and develops those academies, she was a co-founding board member is the its Distinguished Research Fellow
Her breakthrough INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS GIFT-GIVING: A GUIDE FOR AMERICAN EXECUTIVES was used by the White House Office of Protocol as a primary reference for many years as well as by chiefs of protocol for nations and businesses around the world.
At USC, Dr. Reardon also served on the Preventive Medicine Faculty for over 15 years and was earlier a professor of Communication Sciences at UCONN. She earned her Ph.D., at UMass Amherst, where she graduated with distinction and won the NCA national dissertation of the year award. She is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi and Mortar Board. She has consulted for many individuals, and companies large and small around the world on topics related to communication, persuasion, negotiation and politics at work.
She has appeared on The Today Show, NBC Nightly News and Good Morning America. Her research and writings have been covered in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles and broadcast news segments.
In SHADOW CAMPUS, she has taken her knowledge of politics in the workplace to fiction and shows us how even at universities often all is not what it seems.
Top Customer Reviews
**** Review by Bob B.
A Relevant, Interesting, and Intriguing Mystery
August 28, 2013
It's often said that we write about what we know best. And so, Kathleen Reardon has written a fast paced "keep the reader guessing" novel about a university campus. A highly respected professor at Southern Cal with New England roots, Reardon's first novel features (not surprisingly) a female professor (Meg Doherty) at a fictional southern California university who grew up in Connecticut. Meg's brother Shamus, also a major character in Shadow Campus still lives in Connecticut. The family is Irish, with Irish names, much like the Reardons.
As someone who spent over 40 years in higher education (first as a faculty member, and then as a non-academic administrator) I can identify with character Susan Harris' comment "Academics is far from bereft of politics." It is reminiscent of Woodrow Wilson's famous comment that he "learned all his politics while on the faculty at Princeton." Consequently, Shadow Campus portrays the real-life challenges, and the political nature of decision-making, faced by female professors as they seek to gain promotion, tenure, and respect. To a lesser extent, it also lays out the continuing and conflicting priorities between classroom teaching (emphasizing students) and research/publication.
Academia is fond of projecting itself as a bastion of liberal and diverse thought, free inquiry, and receptivity to different ideas. In reality, however, it can be far from that. One needs only to look at how campuses have increasingly become bastions of left-wing politics, with little tolerance for any student, faculty, or organization that does not embrace the prevailing leftist political, cultural, and social beliefs.Read more ›
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I had to read this book for one of my doctoral classes. I have heard that the tenure situation in universities can be really cut throat but nothing like this book describes... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Anthony
This is a wonderful mystery. I'm not usually a mystery book reader, but it was one of those books I hated to put down and loved picking up. Read morePublished on December 23, 2013 by buzz wilms
A wonderful , thrilling novel. Held my interest from page one. I was disappointed when I finished this book. I hope there are more novels from Kathleen Kelly Reardon. Read morePublished on November 24, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I am a tenured associate professor in a business school, and I can tell Reardon is an insider in that world too. Read morePublished on October 24, 2013 by Marketing Professor in Connecticut
There is lots of high-stakes drama in this addictive novel, along with subtly drawn characters that feel very real. Read morePublished on October 14, 2013 by Dorie Clark
Nice dialogue, accurate campus politics, good mystery, and engaging characters. I hope Reardon writes a series with these characters--I will definitely come back for morePublished on October 11, 2013 by K. C. King
The story line is intriguing with many twists and turns and a surprise at the end. An incredible choice of words delights and gives a wonderful sense of the people, places and... Read morePublished on October 4, 2013 by Andrea Hopkins
What I really liked was the balance of realistic detail about academic life and the creative take-off from that detail. Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by conventionally unconventional
The Shadow Campus, a debut novel by Kathleen Kelley Reardon, is full of intrigue that takes place in an unlikely setting -- academia. Read morePublished on September 29, 2013 by Carol M. Frohlinger