Our project PIs engage in research and creative work relating to civil-military relations. To learn more about their work, visit their individual websites.

Rebecca Best's Research

Rebecca Best Dr. Rebecca Best's relevant research includes work on the reintegration of female veterans particularly and the civic and political engagement of military veterans generally. In addition, she studies how women, particularly those affiliated with violent non-state actors, engage in peace processes. Her work on these topics has been published in outlets ranging from International Studies Review, Armed Forces and Society, and Journal of Veterans Studies to Washington Post, The Conversation, and Political Violence at a Glance.

Viviana Grieco's Research

Cover of The Rio de la Plata from Colony to Nations Dr. Viviana Grieco is working on a new book on the history of emotions tentatively titled Conflict and Voice. Professor Grieco’s first monograph (The Politics of Giving in the Viceroyalty of Rio de la Plata. Donors, Lenders, Subjects and Citizens. The University of New Mexico Press, 2014) was translated and published in Spanish (La Política de Dar.  Donantes, Prestamistas, Súbditos y Ciudadanos.  Prometeo Libros, 2018). She is also the co-editor (with Fabricio Prado and Alex Borucki) of The Río de la Plata from Colony to Nations: Commerce, Society, and Politics (Palgrave McMillan, 2021). The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), The National Science Foundation (NSF), The John Carter Brown Library, The University of Missouri Research Board, UMKC’s Women and Gender Studies Program, UMKC’s Funding for Excellence Program, UMKC’s Collaborative Data Science Program, and the University of Missouri Strategic Investment Funds have funded her research.

Whitney Terrell's Writing

Cover of The Good Lieutenant

Whitney Terrell's novel, The Good Lieutenant (FSG), was selected as a best book of 2016 by The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and Refinery 29. It was long-listed for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.

His nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, Harper's Magazine, The New Republic, Literary Hub, and other publications. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq during 2006 and 2010 and covered the war for The Washington Post Magazine, Slate and NPR.