PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate
Fighting to Vote: Exploring the Political Participation of Veterans
This project would examine the political participation of American military veterans throughout history. What impact did military service have on veterans' interest in politics? How does serving in the military influence political opinions? Does military service increase confidence in government institutions? How do wars or periods of conflict influence these relationships? All of these questions could be investigated through both qualitative and quantitative analysis of historical policies and public opinion data. While veterans have comprised a relatively small portion of the American public, their effect on politics has received a great deal of attention in the media and other popular accounts. With this project, I hope to learn more about this phenomenon from a historical perspective.