The Sosh Research Lab Mission:  

The mission of the Sosh Research Lab is to develop and promote relevant and impactful scholarly work by faculty and cadets in the disciplines of political science and economics.  The Lab creates opportunities for faculty and cadet development through research, builds partnerships with external organizations, and connects to a network of experts across Army and the broader national security community.

The Lab's objectives include:

  • Addressing significant issues in national security through research in the disciplines of political science and economics.
  • Building research collaborations and partnerships.
  • Amplifying the reach and visibility of faculty and cadet research.
  • Expanding opportunities and providing resources to support faculty and cadet research activities.

The Sosh Research Lab keeps a busy schedule of events ranging from research presentations and workshops to book conferences to our Research Skills Series. All of our events are focused on supporting the fantastic work in the Department. They embody the Department's collegial culture and reflect the collaborative spirit that is a hallmark of the Department of Social Sciences.

Recent Events

West Point Journal for Politics and Security - Inaugural Issue Released! In September of 2021, the Department of Social Sciences published the first issue of the West Point Journal for Politics and Security (WPJPS), a brand new undergraduate research journal focusing on topics of domestic and international security. The first issue features innovative undergraduate research articles from West Point and non-West Point undergraduates. Within this issue, contributors explore a variety of topics ranging from international crises and artificial intelligence to leadership decapitation, legitimacy of just war, and the contours of US grand strategy. You can access the pdf version of the inaugural issue here! If you are interested in submitting an article, please review the submission guidelines and email the Editors-in-Chief (Dr. Amira Jadoon and Dr. Jason Warner) at wpjps.editors@gmail.com.  The submission deadline for the next issue is November 15th, 2021. 

 

Sosh Podcast releases over 20 episodes! In the spring of 2020, we launched The Sosh Podcast with our first episode featuring Dr. Elizabeth Economy and a discussion on U.S.-China relations and Covid-19. We have since released over 20 episodes covering a diverse range of topics. Notable guests include AMB Nicholas Burns, ADM (Ret.) James Stavridis, and RealClearPolitics' Tom Bevan. You can find the Sosh Podcast on major podcast streaming services, so be sure to check us out and to subscribe!

Panelists discuss the emerging environment in the Indo-Pacific region at Senior Conference 55 in the Haig Room of Jefferson Hall.
Former Secretary of Defense Bob Gates addresses cadets in Robinson Auditorium.

Upcoming Events

The Sosh Research Lab has many activities planned for the academic year. Stay tuned for the latest on salons with guest reviewers, departmental research presentations, and research workshops suited for in-progress work at various stages of development.

Faculty Research

The Sosh Research Lab supports faculty research from the ideas stage through publication. The Department of Social Sciences faculty and alumni have a proud tradition of consistently producing insightful, impactful scholarship that meaningfully contributes to major debates on the most important issues. Below are a few links to recent work from Sosh scholars.

 

Pictured at right: CPT (now MAJ) Kyle Wolfley, an assistant professor of International Affairs, describes his research on military statecraft and multinational exercises to participants at Senior Conference.

CPT Kyle Wolfley presenting his research
West Point cadet presenting her research on retired flag officer endorsements to a retired flag officer.

Cadet Research

The Department of Social Sciences recently launched the first issue of a new undergraduate journal, The West Point Journal of Politics and Security in the Fall of 2021 (link here). Please send submissions for the next issue by November 15, 2021 to wpjps.editors@gmail.com. You can review our guidelines for submissions here.

 

Pictured at left: CDT Olivia Simon briefs AMB Doug Lute about her thesis project looking at the political behavior of retired flag officers. This work was part of a larger project that was recently published with MAJ Zach Griffiths in Armed Forces and Society (https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0095327X19889982

Featured Contributions

The Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute recently published the conference monograph for last year's Senior Conference: "The Emerging Environment in the Indo-Pacific: Drivers, Directions, and Decisions."

Our People

 

The Lab Staff

          Co-Directors: LTC Jordan Becker and Dr. Thom Sherlock

          Deputy Director: Dr. Scott Limbocker

          Fellows:  MAJ Michael Duda, CPT(P) Antony Palocaren, MAJ Hazumu Yano

The Lab Liaisons

          AP: Dr. Limbocker       

          IA: Dr. Sherlock       

          Econ: Dr. Smith          

          CTC: Dr. Milton

          OEMA: LTC Crow

Contact Us:

If you are interested in tapping into the Sosh Research Lab and initiating a project, please contact our team directly at SoshResearchLab@westpoint.edu.

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