Helen Benedict

Helen Benedict

Helen Benedict, a professor at Columbia University, has written six novels, five non-fiction books and a play. Her latest novel, Sand Queen, was called “one of this year’s best new novels about war” by Publisher’s Weekly and NPR. Her novels, plays, and journalism have earned her numerous awards and inspired The Invisible War, an 2012 Oscar-nominated documentary about sexual assault in the military.

Dr. Jeff J.S. Black

Dr. Jeff J.S. Black

Jeff J.S. Black received his PhD in Political Theory and International Relations from Boston College, and he teaches at St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland.  He has served as a Resident Fellow in Civil-Military Relations at the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership of the United States Naval Academy. Currently, he is writing a book on human enhancement and on the understanding of human nature and human perfection in modern political thought.

David Ebenbach

David Ebenbach

David Ebenbach is the author of three books of short stories, including, most recently, Into the Wilderness (Washington Writers’ Publishing House), plus a novel, two books of poetry, and a non-fiction guide to creativity. With a PhD in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Ebenbach teaches literature and creative writing at Georgetown University.

Maj. Ian Fishback

Maj. Ian Fishback

Ian Fishback graduated from West Point in 2001 and served four combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan with Infantry and Special Forces. In 2006, TIME magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world for helping to reform US standards for detainee treatment. He taught ethics of war at West Point from 2012–2015 before leaving the Army to pursue a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Michigan. 

Temple Cone

Temple Cone

Temple Cone is a Professor of English at the U.S. Naval Academy. He is the author of four books of poetry, as well as various other works. He holds a Ph.D. in Literature from the University of Wisconsin and masters degrees in creative writing from the University of Virginia and Hollins University.