SLC Faculty Write about the Armed Forces

by Katharine Reece MFA ’12

Adam Brown

… And military leadership: Mark Shulman (history), who is probably the only SLC faculty member who has also taught at the US Air War College, published an article titled “Lead Me, Follow Me, or Get out of My Way: Rethinking and Refining the Civil-Military Relationship” in the Army War College Monograph Seriesin September. The title of his article comes from a wartime pep talk from General George Patton and represents what Shulman calls “a simple but very practical perspective on military leadership.” His paper goes on to explore different types of relationships between civilian and military leaders and how they can affect national security.

… And PTSD: In January, Adam Brown (psychology) received an $800,000 Congressional Directed Medical Research grant to examine how cognition and neurobiology are altered among veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Working in NYU’s department of psychiatry, Brown will spend the next two years using techniques from experimental psychology and cognitive neuroscience to better understand how events that are no longer happening continue to affect people for years afterward.

... And stereotypes: In 1890, the 7th Cavalry Regiment committed the infamous massacre at Wounded Knee. In 1894, the regiment spearheaded the suppression of the Pullman strike in Chicago, a conflict between the American Railway Union and the railroads that shut down much of the nation’s freight and passenger traffic. Priscilla Murolo ’80 (Women’s History) examined the connections between the two incidents in a paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association in November. In “The Forces of Disorder: Indian Fighters Confront the Pullman Strike,” she analyzed the ways in which commanders and troops stereotyped the people they confronted, conflating strikers and unruly colonial subjects.