Ph.D. Sociology, 2016
The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Dissertation Committee: Patricia Ticineto Clough (chair); Lynn Chancer, Stanley Aronowitz
Title: “Empty Metal Jacket: The Biopolitical Economy of War and Medicine”
Outside Readers: David Serlin, University of California, San Diego; Jackie Orr, Syracuse University
M. Phil. Graduate Center, City University of New York, 2011
M. A. Fordham University; B. A. Ohio University
As a research scientist, my work addresses the intersections between culture, politics, economy, and society. Research and publications contribute to the intellectual discourses of sociology sub-disciplines, which include: Politics & Economy, the Sociology of Violence, and the Sociology of the Body, Medicine, and Health. I am published in Social Text, The Feminist Wire, and have served as a media contact on veteran disability issues. I have presented at the Society for the Study of Social Problems, the Cultural Studies Association, the Gender, Bodies, and Technologies conference among other scholarly gatherings.
My doctoral project explored the impact of war on the social organization of medicine. More broadly, this work looked at the institutional determinants of social inequality. Findings discuss not only the impact of war on medicine; they illustrate how institutions (military and medical) employ violence to maintain social differences that become embodied.
“Empty Metal Jacket: The Biopolitical Economy of War & Medicine” explores the research question: how does war shaped the social organization of medicine? I address this through a study that examines the history of how combat injury and disability are drawn into a political economy of conflict, violence, and war.
I employ a mixed methodology, which combines Foucauldian genealogical methods, covert ethnographic methods, and archival/historical interpretive methods to assemble case data that argues combat casualties—the wounded flesh of soldiers—serve (and continue to serve) as a material nexus for medical knowledge production. Here, I build on a body of literature as well as theory, including cutting-edge theories in body studies, science studies, trauma studies, and theories of affect and biopolitics to address how war has become a problem-solving paradigm, as it organizes knowledge across different realms of scientific endeavor. I expand this work and, by way of contrast, challenge the boundaries set by more traditional policy-focused studies combat injury and medicine. To this end, my research brings into focus how knowledge production and technology innovation enter control domains through their imbrication with war. Findings suggest we re-think the transcendence of medicine through war and neoliberal capitalism: funding medicine through war makes human subjects out of soldiers, who cannot ethically consent to having their bodies radically undone any more than medicine can be practiced ethically when its advance depends on violence.
This work makes a contribution to theorizing war and violence, as it calls attention to the instrumental role played by wounded soldiers to life-saving medical advance. I situate important developments in medicine within in an expansive social context to show how war and military ideas are not only increasingly penetrating the social spaces of everyday life, they are advancing in such a way that they are helping to determine the conditions of possibility for life, living, and what it means to be human.
I am in the preliminary stages of organizing a survey research project that looks at the attitudes of college students as they pertain to guns, gun ownership, and socio-political violence.
Autonomously teach core undergraduate courses in Social Theory and Research Methods in addition to social science electives. Students are graduates and undergraduates from diverse backgrounds in terms of academic preparation, ethnicity, race, and religion, and include adult learners, veterans, and non-traditional students. Instructional delivery methods include traditional & hybrid/online distance learning pedagogy.
My teaching expertise has been focused to core course offerings in Sociology. However, based on expertise developed in my research and graduate coursework, I am able to address interdisciplinary work in fields as diverse as Political Economy, Criminal Justice, and Conflict and Violence studies. My interest and experience span a wide range of institutional experiences. I have taught in large public schools in addition to small elite liberal arts colleges in the New York tri-state area (see summary below); this includes small (n = 15-30), medium (n = 35-60), and large (n = 150+) course sections. This demonstrates I am well-positioned to thrive in different institutional environments.
Classical and Contemporary Social Theory * Social Research Methods * Social Analysis * Social Problems * Deviance, Drugs & Social Control * Criminology * Criminal Justice *Policing & Corrections * Conflict & Violence Crime & Criminals * Social Stratification* War & Society * Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality & Social Inequality * Political Sociology * Race & Ethnicity * Crime and Justice in Urban Society (Research Capstone) Sociology of the Body, Medicine & Health
Present: Visiting Affiliate Assistant Professor, Loyola University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
Adjunct Lecturer 2015-2016 Hunter/Queens Colleges
Adjunct Instructor 2010-2015 Queens/York Colleges
Graduate Teaching Fellow 2007-2010 Queens College
Large Public – The City University of New York; State University of New York
Small Private – Drew University, NJ; Marymount College, Manhattan, NY; Lafayette College, PA
Catholic – Loyola University of Maryland, MD; College of Mount Saint Vincent, NY
Community College – Laguardia Community College, Criminal Justice Academy, City University of New York
Peer Reviewed Publications
2013. “Mayberry R.F.D. Will Not Be Presented Tonight.” Sandra L. Trappen and Patricia Clough (Eds.). Social TextPeriscope, Spring.
2013. “Always at War: Economy, Labor, Life, and Blood.” Sandra L. Trappen and Patricia Clough (Eds.). Social TextPeriscope, Spring. Journal Guest Editor.
Solicited and edited author submissions. Worked with publisher’s editorial staff to coordinate logistics for publication.
2017. (forthcoming) “Knowledge is for Cutting: Waging War on the Human Terrain.” Sandra L. Trappen. Transmissions: Journal of Film and Media Studies. Spring, 2017.
2017. (forthcoming) Trappen, Sandra L., Veterans and Disability In. (Heller, T., Parker Harris, S., Gill, C. and Gould, R. (Eds.) Disability in American Life: An Encyclopedia of Policies, Concepts, and Controversies. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
Open Access – Social Media
2013. “War and Disability.” Sandra L. Trappen. Feminist Wire. November 25, 2013.
Guest panelist on “Open Dialogue” – a discussion panel show produced by Accessible Media Inc.,(AMI) of Toronto, Canada. AMI is a not-for-profit multimedia organization, whose mission is to provide programming for Canadians who are blind, partially sighted, deaf, hard of hearing, mobility or print restricted. The program’s focus was war and disability. Experts discussed the physical and mental challenges soldiers face in combat, the injuries they sustain, and the barriers they face when returning home. Programming broadcast on cable TV, Bell Aliant 66, Rogers 196, Shaw & Telus 889, and Sirius XM channel 172.
MANUSCRIPTS IN PREPARATION
Book: Empty Metal Jacket: The Biopolitics of War and Medicine
Guest Manuscript Reviewer, Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, Brown University
2014 Visual Research Methods, University of Edinburgh, UK
Cultural Studies Association (CSA): Policing Crises Now. Villanova University, Philadelphia, Pa, June 2016
Paper Accepted: “Middle-Range Theories and Long-Range Missiles: Science as Performance”
Crossroads Conference, University of Tampere, July 2014, Tampere, Finland.
Paper presented: “War and Remains: Digital Ethnography, Self-Making, and the Embodied
Contradictions of War.”
Gender, Bodies & Technology: Performing the Human, May 2014, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA
Paper Presented: “Making War, Making Bodies”
SSSP Annual Meeting, August 2013, New York, NY
Paper presented: “War, Medical Normalization, and Disability”
Minding the Body Conference, Graduate Center, CUNY, March 2013, New York, NY
Paper presented: “The Body as the Scene of War”
Eastern Sociological Society, March 2013, Boston, MA
Paper presented: “Ethical Issues & Military Research: Research Methods and the Human Terrain”
International Conference on The Body, Graduate Center, CUNY, April 2011, New York, NY
Paper presented: “War, Traumatic Injury and Embodied Conflict”
Cultural Studies Association, March 2011, Columbia College, Chicago, Illinois
Paper presented: “Technoscience as Fetish: Making Weapons and Bodies”
Cultural Studies Association, March 2010, University of California, Berkeley
Paper presented: “The Body at War: Between Discipline and Biopolitics”
Eastern Sociological Society, Military Sub-conference, March 23, 2013, Boston , MA
Panel Discussant: “Micro to Macro Military Issues”
Eastern Sociological Society, March 22, 2009, Baltimore, Maryland
Panel Presider and Discussant: “Military and Health”
GRANTS & AWARDS
2014 Professional Staff Congress Development Program ($2,600)
2011 Presidential Research Travel Fund Grant, CUNY Graduate Center ($1,000)
2011 Doctoral Student Research Grant, City University of New York ($1,000)
2010 Sue Rosenberg Zalk Travel and Research Grant, CUNY Graduate Center ($500)
2007-2010 Graduate Teaching Fellowship (GTF), The Graduate Center, City University of New York (3 years tuition remission)
2004-2006 Graduate Fellowship, Fordham University (2 years, $20,000 per year)
1985 Pallas Athena Award, Ohio University (citation for outstanding graduate, Honors Tutorial College)
1985 AUSA Department of the Army citation for number one ranked Army graduate at Ohio University
1983 ROTC Scholarship, Ohio University (2 years, $10,000 per year)
Project Assistant, 2007-2008 (6 months)
Princeton University, Dr. Katherine Newman, Director, Sociology Dpt. And Joint Degree
Program, Princeton University
Conducted internet-based research in support of content development for the public policy focused Joint Degree Program at Princeton University.
Graduate Student Researcher, 2007(6 months)
CUNY Graduate Center, Dr. Janet Gornick, Director, Luxembourg Income Study (LIS)
Assisted Director of a large transnational data archive based in Luxembourg; Performed policy related research in support of a qualitative transnational study of OECD social welfare benefits; Constructed data tables and cross-checked content with data sources to determine relevance and accuracy; Copy edited table contents.
CUNY Graduate Center
American Sociological Association
Eastern Sociological Association
British Sociology Association
International Sociological Association
Society for the Study of Social Problems
Cultural Studies Association
American Studies Association
1990 – 2004: Managerial, operations, sales, and marketing roles for Fortune 100 listed companies, including Baxter Healthcare Corp., Cigna, United Healthcare, and BAE Systems.
U.S. Army: Lieutenant, 5th Signal Command, Vicenza, Italy: Signals Intelligence, Cryptography, Intelligence Data Collection Management.
U.S. Army: Captain, 22nd Area Support Group, Southern European Task Force, Vicenza, Italy, 1986-1989. Defense Logistics Management for Italy, Greece, Turkey, and the Sinai.
U.S. Government Security Clearance: Secret/Clearable (2013)
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Lynn Chancer (CUNY Hunter College, Department Chair): 212-772-5585; email@example.com
Stanley Aronowitz (CUNY Graduate Center, Committee Member): 212-817-2001; firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackie Orr (Syracuse University, Committee Member): 315-443-5758; email@example.com
Jennifer Wynn (CUNY Justice Academy Director, LaGuaradia Community College ): 917-696-4912; firstname.lastname@example.org
Barbara Vann (Department Chair, Loyola University): 410-617-2742; email@example.com
History of Science, Technology, Medicine & Politics; Medical Technology; Body Politics; Technology & Society; Social Media; Internet; Political Economy; Capitalism; Neoliberalism; Organizations & Institutions; Nationalism; National Identity; Comparative Historical Sociology; Theoretical Sociology; Subjectivity & Personhood; Embodiment; Deviance & Social Control; Peace, Conflict, & Violence; Gender & War; Military Culture; Critical Military Studies; Surveillance Studies; Working-class Masculinities; Criminology; Policing