• Emily Sogn

    Office Location:

    Eugene Lang Building


    My academic background is in cultural anthropology with a focus on modern war and its indelible imprint on bodies, minds, and health systems. My doctoral dissertation work took me into American military communities where I mapped out the myriad ways in which the mental health effects of the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been understood and managed. In the classroom, my aim is to approach the anthropology of conflict and health through an interdisciplinary lens, juxtaposing ethngraphy with history, literature, and art.

    Degrees Held:

    2015 Ph.D. in Anthropology, New School for Social Research 
    2009 MA in Anthropology, New School for Social Research
    2003 B.A. in Cultural Studies, Eugene Lang College

    Professional Affiliations:

    American Anthropological Association

    Recent Publications:

    2014    “Throw A Survey At It: Questioning Soldier Resilience in the U.S. ArmyAnthropology Now Vol. 6, No. 1 (Spring): 25 – 34.

                 Book Review: “Breaking Ranks: Iraq Veterans Against the War.” American Ethnologist Vol 41, No. 1 (Spring): 211 – 213.

    2013    “War Death and the Epidemiological Imagination.” Somatosphere Dec. 4. 

                “War Stories and the Shifting Frontiers of Military-Civilian Divides.” Anthropologies Project. Summer 2013.

    2009     “Internal Frontiers: Preventing a Post-Traumatic Future in a Time of War.” Canon. Fall 2009. 


    Performances And Appearances:

    2015  (November) "Risk Rebranded: War, Trauma, and the Rise of Resilience Thinking in the U.S. Military"  American Anthropological Association Annual  Meeting, Denver Colorado.  

    2014  Co-organizer and presenter on panel “Will the Future of War Be War? Rethinking Militarism and Its Boundaries. “ American Anthropological           Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

    “Fitness,” paper for a panel, The Work of War, presented at the Bi-Annual Conference for the Society for Cultural Anthropology in Detroit,                         Michigan.

    2013  Discussant for invited roundtable discussion, “Beyond PTSD: The US Military and the Sequelae of War” American Anthropological Association     Annual Meeting. Chicago, Illinois.

    “Throw A Survey At It Questioning the Role of the Questionnaire in U.S. Army’s Effort to Build Solider Resilience.” Paper given for conference, The          Fantastic and the Banal: Rethinking Bureaucracy held at the University of Colorado, Boulder. 

     “The Full-Spectrum Soldier: Cultivating Resilience in the American Military” for panel Soldiers as Subjects: New Ethnographies of the Military Experience at the American Ethnological Society Annual Conference in Chicago. 

    2011  “The Elusive Aftermath of War: Anxieties of Dysfunction in the Consumption of War Experience” on the panel After Consumption at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in Montreal, Quebec. 

    2010  Presented panel “Issues in Contemporary Mental Health” at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in New Orleans. 


    Awards And Honors:

    2014 – 2015      Dissertation Fellowship, New School for Social Research

    2008 – 2014      Dean’s Fellowship for Doctoral Study, New School for Social Research

    Summer 2006   Summer Fellowship for travel and research, New School for Social Research