Scholarly Works

Journal of Faculty DevelopmentFaculty Development for Transparent Teaching & Learning: Perspectives from Scholar-teachers.

Journal of Faculty Development

A group of faculty members participate in a Professional Learning Community designed to improve transparency in course design and delivery using the Transparency in Learning and Teaching (TILT) framework. Available here.

wla-28“‘Working Through’ Societal Trauma in The Last Flight, Heroes for Sale, and All Quiet on the Western Front.”

War, Literature and the Arts

The films make suggestions about the postwar lives of veterans based only on shell shock’s most visible symptoms, those viewable to the public through popular media, ugly truths blown out of proportion and made hyper-real. Available here.

Untitled“Phantom Weapon Syndrome”

American Imago 72

An exploration of the relationship between soldiers and their weapons that draws upon the ideas of Sigmund Freud, Phyllis Greenacre, and D. W. Winnicott to chart the evolution of the weapon from transitional object in Basic Combat Training to fetish in combat. Available here.

Norris“Modernism and War: From David Jones to Brian Turner”

Great War Modernism: Artistic Response in the Context of War, 1914-1918

A look at how the Modernist aesthetic emerges in each generation of war veterans as they try to make sense of war trauma and engage society in an act of collective healing. Available here.


“Temporal Prosthetics and Beautiful Pain: Loss, Memory, and Nostalgia in Somewhere in Time, The Butterfly Effect, and Safety Not Guaranteed

Time Travel in Popular Media: Essays on Film, Television, Literature and Video Games

Co-Authored by Owen R. Horton.

This chapter examines three films with “temporal prosthetics” fueled by nostalgia, functioning as ghost limbs, compelling time traveling protagonists to invent devices capable of transporting them to physical sites in the past. Available here.


“War, Witness, Modernism and David Jones’s Subversive Voice”

War, Literature and the Arts

How does David Jones, the British poet and World War I veteran, manage to combine poetry, prose, experience, fiction, myth, and high Modernism so succinctly? Available here.


“All Things Swim and Glimmer’: Pragmatic Conceptions of Self and ‘the old Lie’ in Thomas Wentworth Higginson’s ‘A Night in the Water'”

Forum for Modern Language Studies

A look at one night of Higginson’s service  in the American Civil War through the lens of Emersonian pragmatism. Available here.

“Reality and Anti-Reality in WWI and WWII Memoirs”

War, Literature and the Arts

An examination of the WWI and WWII memoirs of Robert Graves, Hervey Allen, and Paul Fussell, this paper proposes an “anti-reality” where the absurdities of war make sense. Available here.

“Combat in the Classroom: A Writing and Healing Approach to Teaching Student Veterans”

Writing on the Edge

Critical and personal reflections upon the use of creative writing in a freshman seminar course comprised only of military veterans. Available here.

“The Battle for Balance: Ethnography and the Creation of Wartime Self in Shoshana Johnson’s I’m Still Standing

Kentucky Philological Review

Shoshana Johnson was the nation’s first, African American female POW. This essay examines the influence of trauma and the media upon the creation of her memoir. Available here.

“The Sparrow’s Fall: Self’s Mergence with Identity in Louisa May Alcott’s Hospital Sketches

Forum: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture and Arts

Louisa May Alcott served as a hospital nurse during the American Civil War. This paper proposes that certain elements within her novel are fictionalized versions of that lived experience. Available here.

Travis L. Martin, PhD, is founding director of the Kentucky Center for Veterans Studies at Eastern Kentucky University. He has established several nationally recognized programs to support returning veterans in higher education and the non-profit sector. A scholar of American literature, psychoanalytic trauma theory, and social theory, Dr. Martin presents frequently at conferences and universities. He has published dozens of research articles and creative short works on veterans’ issues. A former sergeant in the U.S. Army, he served during two deployments in the Iraq War (2003-04 & 2005). His book War and Homecoming: Veteran Identity and the Post-9/11 Generation was published with the University Press of Kentucky in 2022. He resides in Richmond, KY.