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Dr. Travis Martin, Introductory Video


This video is part of a series used in the online section of VTS 200 Introduction to Veterans Studies, taught exclusively at Eastern Kentucky University. Click here to take the first step in earning a Minor or Certificate in Veterans Studies.

Dr. Travis Martin is the creator of Veterans Studies at EKU and Chair of the Veterans Studies Advisory Board. He is also a former non-commissioned officer and two-time veteran of the Iraq War (2003 & 2005). As EKU’s First-Year Courses Administrator, his day-to-day work involves helping first-semester students succeed in college, a position he likens to “being 50% professor, 50% Army sergeant.” Dr. Martin earned his PhD in English from the University of Kentucky, specializing in twentieth-century American war literature, psychoanalytic trauma theory, and social theory. His research and service interests focus heavily on returning veterans. He is the founder of Military Experience and the Arts, a non-profit which has held two national symposia and published hundreds of veterans’ creative works. He led therapeutic arts workshops for veterans with the ArtReach Foundation. He has interviewed veterans for the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, served as a VFW Service Officer, and he founded EKU’s student veteran organization as an undergraduate. Dr. Martin has given dozens of talks, conference presentations, and invited guest lectures on veterans’ issues. He has published dozens of scholarly and creative short works about the same. Currently, he’s revising his first book-length work on the topic of veteran identity.

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