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David Kieran
Washington and Jefferson College (Washington, PA 15301-4812)

The Cultural Politics of Mental Health During the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars

Summer research and writing on American Studies, and Cultural and U.S. History.

The cultural politics of mental health have become central to American, Iraqi, and Afghan efforts to come to terms with the United States' 21st-century wars. Debates about mental health provide spaces in which people within and outside the United States address larger questions about the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the relationship between the military and society, and questions of identity and social justice in the 21st century.  Signature Wounds (under contract, New York University Press) offers an interdisciplinary history of this crisis, the debates that surround it, and those debates' intersections with larger questions about U.S. militarism and global engagement in the twenty-first century. It examines not only how institutional decision makers--military leaders and legislators--approached these issues but also how they were represented in media and popular culture and how veterans, their families, and activists argued for their interests within these debates.

Project fields:
American Studies; Cultural History; U.S. History

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2015 – 7/31/2015