ERIN P. FINLEY
2012 MARGARET MEAD 
AWARD RECIPIENT

mead_finley.jpgDr. Finley received her Ph.D. in medical anthropology in 2009 from Emory University. She received her undergraduate degree in anthropology (with high honors) from Emory in 1999; in 2006, she earned the Masters of Public Health degree from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory. 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 description 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. Noted scholars in the field have described the research as “ground-breaking” and the book as “elegantly written”. 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.”