John ArmentaJohn Armenta

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  • Ph.D. Student, Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego, 2008-Present
  • M.A., Communication, University of California, San Diego, 2010
  • B.A., Politics, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2007

While enrolled at UC Santa Cruz, I was also an enlisted soldier in a Psychological Operations unit in the US Army Reserve. During the course of my enlistment, I was deployed to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2002, Qatar and Iraq in 2003, and Afghanistan from 2006-2007.

My research centers on the question: How is veteran identity in the Post 9/11 period created as a distinct identity in contemporary American society, and how do media discourses work to emphasize or eliminate the distinctness of this identity? I am particularly interested in the tropes and stereotypes of the “hero” veteran and the “damaged and dangerous” veteran and how these stereotypes intersect and even reinforce each other.

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