J. Ross Dancy is an assistant professor in the John B. Hattendorf Center for Maritime Historical Research. Previously, he was the director of graduate studies and an assistant professor of history at Sam Houston State University. His research examines naval administration, policy and manpower as well as how societies relate to and interact with armed forces and the veterans that return home from war. His first monograph was runner-up for the Society for Nautical Research’s prestigious Anderson Medal. He is the co-founder and co-editor for the University of Massachusetts Press’s monograph series “Veterans.” A U.S. Marine infantryman from 2000 to 2004, he has served in Afghanistan and Iraq.