NEH Collaborative Research Grant
Cohen and Samp Receive NEH Collaborative Research Grant
Grant to Study Moral Injury among US Soldiers
Prof. Andrew I. Cohen (Philosophy, Georgia State University) and Prof. Jennifer A. Samp (Communication Studies, University of Georgia) received a multi-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The project is titled “Reparative Justice and Moral Injury among Post-Deployment Soldiers.” The study will visit multiple sites throughout the southeast to explore the moral challenges of service members. Joined by Prof. Kathryn McClymond (Religious Studies, Georgia State University) on a team with clinical and military collaborators, Cohen and Samp unite the analytic tools of the humanities with those of the social sciences to deepen understandings of the meaning and significance of post-deployment life.
The research is especially timely. There are approximately 22 million living American veterans. Nearly 8 million saw conflict in the Persian Gulf, Iraq, or Afghanistan. Research suggests soldiers are often disoriented because of military service. Their experiences may challenge their sense of identity and their confidence in morality. Using focus groups, surveys, and research in several fields, this project will enhance our appreciation of the demands we impose on soldiers.
This project will show how humanities and social science scholars, in cooperation with experts with military experience, can illuminate a combat trauma that is only beginning to be noticed. Project team member and clinical social worker Rich Glickstein said, “The poignancy of this subject will serve no greater purpose than to educate about the grave, moral consequences of war. I am thankful to help tell the story of the moral hardship my fellow veterans bring home while ensuring the clinical safety of both participants and the study team.” Also on the project team is US Army Lt. Col. Josh Brooks, PhD, who adds, “The nature of armed conflict has, is, and will continue to be a morally dangerous enterprise. On modern battlefields, Service Members may experience events that result in moral injury. Therefore, we must better understand the nature of moral injury, so we can better prepare our Soldiers for such experiences, as well as care for them if and when moral injury occurs.”
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“NEH provides support for projects across America that preserve our heritage, promote scholarly discoveries, and make the best of America’s humanities ideas available to all Americans,” said NEH Chairman William D. Adams. “We are proud to announce this latest group of grantees who, through their projects and research, will bring valuable lessons of history and culture to Americans.”
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Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.