After World War II, the Social Science Research Council established a special committee to compile and analyze a vast archive of surveys and data collected during the war by the Department of War into a four-volume series. This series, Studies in Social Psychology in World War II, would come to be known as The American Soldier.
Edward J.K. Gitre is assistant professor of history at Virginia Tech. His scholarly interests and publications focus on the history of the social sciences, interdisciplinarity, modern war and society, popular religious movements, and twentieth-century American culture. He holds a Ph.D. in history from Rutgers University and two additional advanced degrees, one in theological studies, and the other in cultural history, the latter from the University of Manchester, England. Prior to relocating to Virginia, he taught at Seattle University, and before that held fellowships at two interdisciplinary research centers, the Center for Cultural Analysis at Rutgers University and the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. He has been published in the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, Church History, History of the Human Sciences, and The Hedgehog Review and is currently working on two book manuscripts. The first is a history of twentieth-century U.S. social theory, centered on the interdisciplinary “culture and personality” movement. The second project explores World War II, soldier-to-veteran readjustment, and the war’s long-term social and cultural legacy. He is also director of the NEH-funded American Soldier Collaborative Digital Archive. His research has received additional support from Duke University, the University of Chicago Special Collections Research Center, American Philosophical Society, Rockefeller Archive Center, Seattle University, the University of Virginia, and Rutgers University.