2012-13 Alumni News

Anthropology Alumnae Dr. Erin Finley selected for Margaret Mead Award

Dr. Erin Finley (PhD 2009) received the 2012 Margaret Mead Award from the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology for her book Fields of Combat: Understanding PTSD Among Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, published by Cornell University Press in 2011. Dr. Finley is currently an Investigator with the Veterans Evidence-based Research Dissemination and Implementation Center (VERDICT) at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the division of Clinical Epidemiology in the Department of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio.

Dr. Finley's primary research interests include PTSD and the implementation of evidence-based treatment for veterans. Fields of Combat is a careful and sensitive documentation of the suffering from, and healing of psychic wounds of war trauma. The book documents the cultural context of the struggle by returning soldiers for social re-incorporation and re-creation of a productive life. The author uses a careful analysis of the socio-cultural context from which the soldiers derive to explain the response to war.

Fields of Combat has received exceptional reviews in prominent professional journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association. One scholar concluded, "Margaret Mead would have loved it because (the book) deals with an incredibly important topic and clearly demonstrates the power of anthropological research."

Additional information on the Mead Award and the prior recipients may be found on the SfAA website.