CAL Maritime Professors are Published

CAL Maritime Professors are Published

(Vallejo, CA – January 24, 2011)  A pair of Cal Maritime professors have new publications to their credit. The offerings include a book from Prof. Tuuli Messer-Bookman Close Quarters: A Woman’s Guide to Living and Working in Masculine Environments and a chapter contributed by Dr. Lui Hebron to China’s Energy Relations with the Developing World.

As the name implies, Close Quarters was written to help women work more smoothly, happily, and successfully in any profession where men and women are in close quarters – everything from law enforcement, firefighting and the maritime industry, to construction, forestry, and the military. Messer-Bookman said her book challenges the politically correct, hair-trigger sensitivities some women hold regarding sexual harassment and discrimination. It also pays respect to women who have endured sometimes brutal harassment in order to blaze trails into male-dominated professions.

Captain Tuuli Messer-Bookman worked as a ship's officer for several years on commercial cargo ships, usually as the only woman aboard. A graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY, she earned her U.S. Coast Guard unlimited tonnage master's license and sailed over 300,000 sea miles as a merchant marine officer. She returned to school and earned her law degree at the University of San Francisco School of Law. As a full professor at the California Maritime Academy, she teaches all aspects of navigation and U.S. Coast Guard license exam preparation for the Academy's senior cadets. She also trains cadets in the Academy's full-mission ship simulators. Captain Messer-Bookman has written for various maritime publications and is the author of the Master's Handbook on Ship's Business, third edition.

She has worked as a maritime consultant and expert witness since 1998, and has testified in both state and federal courts. She and her husband live in Benicia, and enjoy sailing regularly. Her newest book sells for $24.99 and can be purchased through the publisher at, local booksellers, and numerous online retailers.

China’s Energy Relations with the Developing World, (Continuum Books – $29.95) edited by Carrie Liu Currier and Manocher Dorraj, features input by experts in international relations and Chinese politics. The essays look at China’s expanding relations with the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, Latin America, and India; the security implications of China’s quest for energy resources; and its impact on relations with world powers such as the US. The book also examines whether China’s competition for energy resources will foster cooperation or conflict with other energy-consuming great powers.

Dr. Hebron, a faculty member in Cal Maritime’s ABS School of Maritime Policy and Management and a published expert on Chinese history and foreign policy, contributed the second chapter of the book - providing a general overview of the changing nature and conditions of Chinese external relations since the founding of the modern Chinese state on October 1, 1949.

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