The Office for Veteran and Military Academic Engagement partners with Arizona State University faculty across many disciplines to present book talks, screen films, highlight faculty research, bring artists and authors to campus, conduct research about or with veterans, collaborate with community organizations, and engage veteran students and faculty in ways to understand the historic and contemporary landscapes and legacies of war and peace. If you have ideas for events, needs for research, or plans for performances please contact us.
Braden R. Allenby
Braden R. Allenby
Braden R. Allenby is currently the Lincoln Professor of Engineering and Ethics, Professor of Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering, and of Law at Arizona State University where he is also the Founding Chair of the Consortium for Emerging Technology, Military Operations and National Security established in 2009 and Founding Director of the Center for Earth Systems Engineering and Management. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; a U. S. Naval Academy Stockdale Fellow for 2009-2010; an AT&T Industrial Ecology Fellow for 2008-2009; a Batten Fellow in Residence at the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business Administration; a Fellow of the British Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce; and was a Templeton Research Fellow in 2008 and 2010. Professor Allenby has written extensively on emerging technologies, sustainable engineering, industrial ecology, and earth systems engineering and management.
Manú Avilés-Santiago obtained his Ph.D. in Media Studies at the Department of Radio-TV-Film at the University of Texas-Austin. Born in Mayaguez and raised in Aguada, Puerto Rico, Avilés-Santiago holds a Bachelor Degree in Communications and a Master in Research in Communications from the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras. His most recent book, Puerto Rican Soldiers and Second-Class Citizenship: Representations in Media, examines the cultural history of the imaginary of the Puerto Rican soldier, from representations in traditional media to self-representations in digital/social media. His research interests are located within the areas of Oral History, Technology and Culture, Race/Ethnicity and Media, Latino/a Studies, and Military Studies.
Aviles-Santiago received the Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellow administered by the National Research Council to conduct a three-year long online ethnography on Puerto Rican soldiers serving in the War on Terror. He has worked for several research centers such as Center for Communication Research and the Center for the Study of Latino Media & Markets. He also has worked as Research Assistant and Project Manager for the Voces: Latino and Latina Oral History Project under the advisory of Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez. As part of the project, Professor Aviles-Santiago had the opportunity to travel throughout several cities of the U.S. and Puerto Rico conducting interviews with hundreds of Latino veterans from World War II, the Korean and Vietnam War generations. Professor Avilés-Santiago grew up listening to stories from the battlefield as a son, nephew, and godson of former military members.
As an affiliate faculty member of OVMAE, Doctor Avilés-Santiago hopes to continue his efforts in oral history and digital story telling, particularly in the revisionist approach that the Vietnam Generation is articulating through digital/social media.
Kermit Brown's teaching philosophy is to engage and encourage students to work collaboratively, and guide them toward a core understanding of the course work and its most fundamental principles. He strives to empower students to function effectively as members of a rapidly changing global community. He embraces the role of communication in establishing and maintaining healthy interpersonal relationships, problem solving, critical and creative thinking, technology, and classroom readiness.
Brown is an instructor in the Faculty of Languages and Culture in the College of Integrative Sciences and the Arts at ASU's Downtown Phoenix campus.
Mary Davis obtained her PhD in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, and then joined the faculty at ASU, where she is a Professor of Psychology. For the past 13 years, she has collaborated with colleagues at the Phoenix Veterans Health Care Center to develop and test psychological interventions to improve well-being for Veterans with chronic pain and/or post-traumatic stress. Davis is serving as the Interim Director of the ASU Veterans Wellness Research Center.
Brenda Morris is one of the Principle Investigators for the sponsored project entitled "Phoenix VA Health Care System – ASU CONHI Partnership to Transform Nursing Education and Practice (PAP-NEP). This project was one of six academic-practice partnerships selected for funding by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration. The project is focused on transforming nursing education and practice by enhancing clinical practice initiatives that improve Veteran care, and for integrating a veteran-centric curriculum within the Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Patricia Colleen Murphy
Patricia Colleen Murphy
Patricia Colleen Murphy teaches magazine production and creative writing in the Faculty of Interdisciplinary Humanities and Communication at ASU Polytechnic campus. Murphy earned her B.A. in English and French from Miami University and her MFA in creative writing, poetry from Arizona State University. In 2008 she founded the literary magazine Superstition Review, which became her full-time teaching position at the university in 2012. Each semester she mentors 20-30 students through the steps of running the magazine including editing, blogging, advertising, and social media.
In spring 2017 she won the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts Outstanding Teacher Award. In spring 2016 she won the ASU Faculty Women’s Association Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award. In spring 2009 she was recognized at the highest level of the university, receiving a Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Student Mentoring. She has taught 246 classes at ASU and has offered many workshops on pedagogy and teaching strategies to ASU faculty. In 2012 she developed the course Travel Writing, for ASU Online, and offers it four times a year.
Murphy’s book of poems Bully Love won the 2019 Press 53 Poetry Award. Murphy's book of poems Hemming Flames won the 2016 May Swenson Poetry Award, and the 2017 Milt Kessler Poetry Award. A chapter from her memoir in progress was published by New Orleans Review.
Robert E. Page Jr.
Robert E. Page Jr.
Robert E. Page Jr. received his Bachelor of Science degree from San Jose State University and PhD from University of California-Davis. He joined ASU in 2004 after 15 years on the faculty of the UC-Davis where he served as chair of entomology. Page’s background is in behavior and population genetics and the focus of his current research is on the evolution of complex social behavior. Using the honey bee as a model, he has dissected bee’s complex foraging division of labor at all levels of biological organization – from gene networks to complex social interactions. An internationally recognized scholar, he has published more than 230 research papers and articles. Page received the Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Award (the Humboldt Prize), the highest honor given by the German government to foreign scientists. In 2010 he was elected to the Leopoldina – the German National Academy of Science, the longest continuing academy in the world. Page is also an Elected Foreign Member of the Brazilian Academy of Science, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Elected Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.
Colonel Bruce A. Pagel (retired) served 28 years as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Army - active and reserve - retiring from active service in 2014. He is also a retired federal prosecutor, retiring in 2007 after working in both Virginia and Washington, DC. Currently a professor of practice, he is teaching national security policy at Arizona State University, and works as a consultant on criminal justice and national security matters. He is also very active as a volunteer in veterans programs. Colonel Pagel served multiple tours in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. His last assignment was as the SJA at U.S. Central Command.
Daniel Rothenberg is a professor of practice in the School of Politics and Global Studies and the Lincoln Fellow for Ethics and International Human Rights Law in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. His research focuses on human rights documentation, analysis and transitional justice with a focus on genocide, truth commissions and post-conflict reconstruction. Rothenberg designed and managed rule of law projects in Afghanistan, Iraq, central Africa and throughout Latin America including programs to train human rights NGOs, aid indigenous peoples in using international legal remedies, support gender justice and collect and analyze thousands of first-person narratives from victims of severe human rights violations. He is the author of "With These Hands: The Hidden World of Migrant Farmworkers Today (University of California)," "Memory of Silence: The Guatemalan Truth Commission Report (Palgrave)," as well as the forthcoming co-edited volume, "Drone Wars: The Transformation of Armed Conflict and the Promise of Law (Cambridge University Press)".
Brooks D. Simpson is the ASU Foundation professor of history. He is a member of the faculty in Barrett, The Honors College, and the Faculty of Interdisciplinary Humanities and Communication in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts. His work explores American political and military history, including courses on the Civil War and Reconstruction, war and American Society, and the American presidency. The son of a veteran, he is currently working on a project for the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, Calif. His publications include "Let Us Have Peace: Ulysses S. Grant and the Politics of War and Reconstruction (1991),"America’s Civil War (1996)," "Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph over Adversity (2000)," and "The Civil War in the East: Struggle, Stalemate, and Victory (2011)." He has appeared on C-SPAN, NPR, The History Channel, CNN and FoxNews.
David Siroky is an assistant professor of Political Science in the School of Politics and Global Studies at ASU, where he is a core faculty member of the Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity and a faculty affiliate of the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict and the Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies. Siroky's research and teaching is concerned with three themes. The first focuses on ethnic conflict, collective action and civil war dynamics; the second theme concerns democratization, state building and political instability; the third is methodology, especially efforts to integrate non-parametric statistical methods with formal theory, field research and experiments. His research has appeared in his forthcoming "Comparative Sociology, Defence and Peace Economics, Democratization, Ethnopolitics, International Organization, Nationalities Papers, Post-Soviet Affairs, Security Studies, Statistics Surveys" and the "Yale Journal of International Affairs."
Smith is a behavioral neuroscientist who studies how animals learn about odors in order to predict important events, such as an encounter with food, a mate or predator. His research employs detailed behavioral studies of learning and memory. He and his research team also use a combination of electrophysiological, bioimaging, molecular and computational techniques to directly link changes in behavior to changes in the brain. His research focuses on learning and memory in both insects (honey bees and fruit flies) and mammals (mice). He also applies his research to studies of human diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. With NSF, NIH, DOD, and DARPA funding he measures the negative effects of heavy metal poisoning on learning and memory, and develops improved methods for detection of odor signatures in the environment (e.g. explosives, casualties in disaster areas).
Michael Stanford is an Honors Faculty Fellow in Barrett, the Honors College at ASU. He holds a PhD in English from the University of Virginia and a JD from ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. A licensed attorney and former public defender, he serves as a volunteer lawyer with the Arizona Justice Project. As a scholar, Mike has published and spoken widely in the field of law and literature. In a long and varied teaching career, he has taught at four universities, two law schools, two programs for gifted high-school students, and aboard ship as a professor in the U.S. Navy’s Program for Afloat College Education. Mike was born into a Marine Corps family on Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. His father, Norman Stanford, was a career Marine officer who served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, retiring with the rank of colonel. Mike himself served in the Marine infantry as an enlisted man from 1972 to 1975. He was released from active duty with the rank of sergeant (E-5) and attended Duke University on the G.I. Bill.
Pamela Stewart earned a doctorate in modern European history and women’s studies and has received awards for teaching, research and service, including the Coordinating Council for Women in History’s Catherine Prelinger Award and ASU’s Centennial Professorship. A current book manuscript, “Educating the Body Towards Equality: Ina E. Gittings’ Pioneering Path for Women’s Sports in the American West, 1885-1966,” centers the life of athlete and scholar Ina E. Gittings as she shaped university physical education and athletics in Arizona and the American West. A chapter in, "Reshaping Women’s History: Voices of Nontraditional Women Historians," exposes Stewart’s non-traditional path to an academic career and her next book will focus on women-headed households in the American West, 1870s-1940s. She regularly teaches with ASU's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and has also served as a touring and research docent at Phoenix Art Museum since 2011. She is currently enrolled in the M.Ed. program in Learning Design and Technologies at ASU.
Laurie Stoff is a Senior Lecturer at Barrett, the Honors College, as well as a faculty affiliate in the Melikian Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies at ASU. She holds a PhD and MA in History from the University of Kansas and specializes in Russian, East European, and women's and gender history and studies. Stoff’s research focuses on the intersections of gender and war, specifically, Russian women and the Great War. Her first book, They Fought for the Motherland: Russia's Women Soldiers in World War I and the Revolution (University Press of Kansas, 2006), examines the experiences of the women who served as combatants during the First World War in Russia. Most recently, she completed a book on this topic entitled Russia’s Sisters of Mercy and the Great War: More than Binding Men’s Wounds, published by UPK in the fall of 2015. As part of the international editorial team for the multi-volume project Russia's Great War and Revolution , she is lead editor for a volume exploring the frontline experiences of soldiers, nurses, and prisoners of war.