2012 Hiett Prize in the Humanities Recipient
Elizabeth D. Samet holds a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from Yale. She is a professor of English at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where she has taught since 1997. Her books include Willing Obedience: Citizens, Soldiers and the Progress of Consent in America,
1776-1898 and Soldier’s Heart: Reading Literature Through Peace and War at West Point, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest and was named one of The New York Times’s 100 Notable Books of 2007. A new book, No Man’s Land: Preparing for War and Peace in Post-9/11 America, which will be released in November 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. She is also editing an anthology, Leadership: Essential Writings by Our Greatest Thinkers, which will be published by Norton next spring.
Her essays and reviews have appeared in various venues, including The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, and The New Republic. She has also appeared on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, NPR, and the BBC World Service. Professor Samet was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011, which helped support the research and writing of her current book project, Crimes of Odysseus: Imagining Postwar America, which traces mythologies of the war veteran in American culture, specifically in Hollywood cinema.
Dr. Claudia MacMillan, Dr. Gail Thomas, Dr. Elizabeth Samet,
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Ms. Kim Hiett Jordan, Dr. Larry Allums