Academic Research and Information

Reading Reference

Ethnographic Works

  • Benedict, Hl L. (2010). The lonely soldier: The private war of women serving in Iraq. Boston: Beacon.
  • Bowdon, L, & Cain, S. (2008). Powder: Writing by women in the ranks, from Viet Nam
    to Iraq
    . Tucson, AZ: Kore Press.
  • Conklin, R.A. (2010).An angel from hell: Real life on the front line. New York: Berkley Books.
  • Carrol, A. (Ed). (2008).Operation homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the home front in the words of U.S. troops and their families. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Daly, T (2010). Rage Company: A marine’s baptism by fire. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Press.
  • Gallagher, M. (2010). Kaboom: Embracing the suck in a savage little war. Philadelphia, PA: Da Capo Press
  • Holmstedt, K (2001). Band of sisters: American women at war in Iraq. . Mechanicsberg, PA: Stackpole Books
  • Holmstedt, K. (2009). The girls come marching home. Mechanicsberg, PA: Stackpole Books.
  • Junger, S. (2010). War. New York: Hachette Book Group.
  • Kennedy, K. (2010). The fought for each other: The triumph and tragedy of the hardest hit unit in Iraq. New York: St. Martin’s Press
  • Kraft, H.S. (2007). Rule number 2: Lessons in a combat hospital. Boston, MA: Little Brown & Company.
  • Sherman, N. (2010). The untold war. NY: W.W. Norton
  • Solaro, E. (2006). Women in the line of fire: What you should know about women in the military. Emeryville, CA: Seal Press.
  • Staub, M.E. & Williams, K. (2005). Love my rifle more than you: Young and female in the U.S. Army. New York: W.W. Norton.
  • Turner, B. (2005). Here, bullet. Farmington, ME
  • Wise, J., & Baron, S. (2006). Women at war: Iraq, Afghanistan and other conflicts. Annapolis, MD: U.S. Naval Institute.
  • Workman, J. (2009). Shadow of the sword. New York: Presidio Press
  • Wright, E. (2008). Generation kill: Devil Dogs, Icemen, Captain American and the
    new faces of Amercian war.
    New York: Berkley Caliber.


Online Scholarly Publications/Journals

ACE American Council on Education
Main Publication

Recommended Reading

ACE – Serving Those Who Serve: Higher Education and America’s Veterans

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Main Publication

Recommended Reading

College Is for Veterans Too

Group to Reward Colleges Friendly to Veterans

Bill to Expand Veterans' Education Benefits Begins Moving Through Congress

American Council on Education to Reward Veterans-Friendly Campuses With Grants

Sac State Courses

Fall 2011 - Social Work 196A - Exploration of Veteran Studies: An Ethnographic Approach
Instructor: Chrys C. Ramirez Barranti, PhD., MSW
Office: 4006 Mariposa Hall Phone: 916.278.4161 Email:

This is a new course designed  to introduce students to the issues for veterans transitioning from combat to civilian life.

The focus of the course:

  • Explore the application of resilience in transitions from combat to civilian life.
  • Primarily current wars:  Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. 
  • Build a knowledge and understanding of issues and challenges faced by veterans.
  • Review of current information, qualitative research articles and other significant recent literature on veterans’ issues.

Results of the course:

  • Develop analytical skills in order to identify gaps in the research on veterans Build increased knowledge and application of resilience theory in considering veterans’ transitions.
  • Develop skills in narrative approaches to ethnographic and qualitative research (ex., oral histories; interviews, etc)

Reading List:

  • Armstrong, K., Best, S., & Domanici, P. (2006).  Courage after fire.  Berkeley, CA:  Ulysses Press.
  • Slone, & Friedman, ( 2008).  After the war zone:  A practical guide for returning troops and   their families.  Philadelphia, PA:  Da Capo Press Life Long.
  • Tanielian, T., & Jaycox, L. (2008).  Invisible wounds of war:  Psychological and cognitive   injuries, their consequences, and services to assist recovery.  Santa Monica, CA:  RAND

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