I am a military historian that focuses on the development of culture in organizations within the U.S. military. Most recently that has included research into the origin of culture within airborne units of the U.S. Army. I am also an ex-paratrooper myself, with three combat tours as an infantryman to Iraq and Afghanistan.
I am a Research Associate in the Project in History of Justice. As an archivist, I am researching and inventorying relevant documents for the project. I provide our team with relevant documents and prepares them for the digitalizing and virtual exhibition. I worked as an archivist at the German Federal Archive, in Koblenz and Berlin and at the Military Archive in Freiburg, where I managed requests and inquiries concerning the Wehrmacht, WW II and the fate of POW and other Nazi victims. I supported projects in digitalizing and preservation of documents and worked in a project of the German Historical Moscow to digitalize records of Soviet POW. After my archival career, I began my doctorate at the University of Hamburg in cultural anthropology about the impact of death and violence and the memory of WW II in the post-war period in Germany and Russia. My research focus lies on the commemoration aspects of military dead/war dead and war cemeteries in Germany and Russia, the Holocaust in Eastern Europe and on cultural aspects on the Wehrmacht and military violence during WW II. And secondly, my research interests cover the classical historical research in archives and libraries, digital methods and innovations and the questions of digital preservation and accessibility of historical documents.
Dr. Tiffany Yun-Chu Tsai’s research on Chinese modernity and subjectivity, You Are Whom You Eat: Cannibalism in Contemporary Chinese Fiction and Film, demonstrates that contemporary writers no longer use the trope of cannibalism to illustrate the split between tradition and modernity. They instead explore it as an allegory of cooperation between tradition and modernity, while also exploring people’s desire to cannibalize – metaphorically and literally – in a market economy. At The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, Dr. Tsai is Assistant Professor of Chinese and Director of the Chinese Program in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures. She builds and teaches the curriculum of the Chinese Program, including all levels of Mandarin Chinese and advanced content courses, such as Contemporary Chinese Literature and Film, Chinese Cinema, Sinophone Cinemas, Taiwan Through Media, etc.
Kari L. Fletcher, Ph.D., MSW is an Associate Professor, MSW Program Director, and the Coordinator of Area of Emphasis in Military Practice in the St. Catherine University-University of St. Thomas School of Social Work. She received her Ph.D. in Social Work from Smith College and her Masters of Social Work from Widener University. Her experience working with military/veteran-connected populations across age cohorts within direct practice contexts spans 20 years and includes affiliations with the VA (as a Clinical Social Worker, 2000-2010), Vet Center (as an External Consultant, 2014-present) and Military OneSource (as a psychotherapist, 2015-present). Dr. Fletcher’s scholarship focuses on support systems for military/veteran-connected populations in clinical practice, higher education, and community-based settings.
https://apcss.org/college/faculty/byrd/ Dr. Miemie Winn Byrd joined the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in 2007. Dr. Byrd researches, teaches, and publishes in the areas of U.S.-Myanmar (Burma) relations; security dynamics in Southeast Asia; economics and security linkages; rising inequality and its implication on security; the roles of private-sector, women, and education in socioeconomic development; civil-military operations; leadership; organizational development & innovation; and transformational learning & adult education. Some of Dr. Byrd’s publications include “Worlds Apart: Why North Korea Won’t Follow Myanmar’s Path to Reform” in Global Asia; “Why the U.S. Should Gender its Counterterrorism Strategy” in The Military Review Journal; “Combating Terrorism: A Socio-Economic Strategy” and “Combating Terrorism with Socioeconomics: Leveraging the Private Sector” in Joint Force Quarterly, a professional military and security journal published for the Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff by National Defense University; and “Education, Economic Growth, and Social Stability: Why the Three Are Inseparable” in APCSS’ publication, American and Russian Perspective on Security and Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific. She also served as the editor for USPACOM’s Asia-Pacific Economic Update publications. Dr. Byrd also served as a civil affairs officer in the U.S. Army Reserves. She was mobilized in support of Operations Enduring Freedom in 2003. While on active duty from 2003 to 2007, she served as the Deputy Economic Advisor, Civil-Military Operations Plans Officer, and Interagency Operations Officer at U.S. Pacific Command. She had also served as a linguist and cultural advisor to the U.S. delegations attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum, POW/MIA recovery negotiations in Myanmar (Burma), and Operation Caring Response to Cyclone Nargis, and US-Myanmar (Burma) Human Rights Dialogues. Prior to the mobilization, Dr. Byrd was the Controller for Law and Economics Consulting Group in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her sixteen years of civilian private-sector professional experience included a wide range of auditing, accounting, and financial management positions with multinational corporations such as Gillette, General Telephone and Electronics (GTE) and Ernst & Young and also with a Silicon Valley start-up firm, Wyzdom.com. Dr. Byrd spearheaded the effort to establish and launch Suu Foundation (501c3 US non-profit entity) at the request of the Noble Peace Laurate, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, in 2013. Dr. Byrd is currently serving on the Board of Governors of the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies at Claremont McKenna College, and as an Adjunct Fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.
My writing and research examine the representation of airpower and the human costs of airpower employment in twentieth and twenty-first century literature. My interests blend my first career as a USAF Officer and aviator with my newest career teaching and writing about literature. After twenty-two years as a KC-135 navigator, conducting in-flight refueling with other aircraft and flying combat missions over Afghanistan, I returned to my first love, literature. I currently teach American Lit, Multi-ethnic Lit, and Intro to Lit. I’m developing a course on Contemporary War Writing for 2019. I recently co-facilitated two sessions of “From Troy to Baghdad: Dialogues on the Experience of War and Homecoming” for the New Hampshire Humanities. In this group, veterans and their families read and discussed The Odyssey as a springboard to discover their own truths about combat trauma, personal sacrifice, and readjustment.
Rob is a lecturer in Archaeology in the School of History, Classics & Archaeology at Newcastle. Prior to joining Newcastle University, Rob was a Finds Liaison Officer for the Portable Antiquities Scheme.
Semi-retired professor emeritus from Virginia Military Institute, currently teaching occasionally at James Madison University.
I am currently a Henry Moore Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow (2019-2021) working on a research project at the University of Nottingham titled ‘Allegories of Violence: Histories of the British Empire and Monumental Sculpture’. This project explores the various manifestations of allegorical sculpture on monuments erected in honour of Britain’s imperial campaigns in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with a specific focus on how allegory occupied a unique space as a sanitiser of violence in visual histories. I am also recently exploring how allegorical sculpture propagated Lost Cause ideology and white supremacy on Confederate monuments, and tracing this lineage through art histories in the United States. My doctoral research explored the significance of allegory and monumental sculpture as sites of sociopolitical, cultural and imperial memory in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. I completed my Ph.D in History of Art at the University of York in 2018 with a thesis titled ‘The Death of Allegory? Problems of the British Funerary Monument 1762-1840’. This work analysed a series of four exemplary sculptors, and their manipulation of allegory as a unique form of visual rhetoric. By proposing funerary monuments as a canvas for allegorical expression, allegory was presented as a performative, three-dimensional phenomenon, which was used to evoke, erase and manipulate Britain’s economic and imperial histories of trade, military victory, femininity, and empire during this period. I also work as an Impact Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham, where I develop evidence collection methods and research strategies across the Department of Cultural, Media and Visual Studies.