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Danny Sjursen

Danny Sjursen is a retired U.S. Army officer, writer, and historian. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Nation, HuffPost, the Hill, Salon, BuzzFeed News, and TomDispatch, among other publications. He also does significant work, including policy and historical reports, for the think tank the Future of Freedom Foundation. He is cohost of the Fortress on a Hill podcast. He is the author of Ghost Riders of Baghdad: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Myth of the Surge, a memoir and a critical analysis of the Iraq War. A forthcoming book, tentatively titled Patriotic Dissent, is set for release in late 2020. Sjursen is a member of several activist organizations, including Veterans For Peace and About Face: Veterans Against the War. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Kansas. His dissertation is titled “Apartheid New York: The Construction and Enforcement of Racial Segregation on Staten Island, 1945–Present.”

Prizes, Awards & Fellowships
  • 2019 Lannan Cultural Freedom Fellowship