The Coming Home project currently includes its two co-directors, Dr. Edward Barrett and Dr. Jesse Kirkpatrick, as well as five experts in various fields, and several discussion leaders.
Edward Barrett (USAF Ret.) is the Director of Research at the U.S. Naval Academy's Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership, and an ethics professor in the Department of Leadership, Ethics, and Law. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, during which he served four tours of duty.
Jesse Kirkpatrick is the Assistant Director of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at George Mason University and a consultant for Johns Hopkins University-Applied Physics Lab (APL). He earned his PhD in Political Science and Philosophy and Public Policy from the University of Maryland in 2013.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
The Coming Home project has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed on this Web site or during the project dialogues do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.