Armstrong Professor Publishes Book About African American Servicewomen


(June 13, 2014) — Elizabeth Desnoyers-Colas, Ph.D., associate professor of Communication and African American Studies at Armstrong, recently published Marching as to War: Personal Narratives of African American Women’s Experiences in the Gulf Wars. The new book, published by University Press of America, explores the key role African American servicewomen played during recent U.S. wars in the Middle East.

Since the American Revolution, African American women have served in every U.S. military conflict. Despite this dedicated service to their country, relatively little research has been published regarding African American servicewomen.

Seen through the eyes of 11 African American women, Marching as to War explores issues such as health care, childcare, sexism, racism, religion, career advancement and serving in combat zones. The stories illuminate the types of professional, sociological and interpersonal experiences black servicewomen have experienced during their time in the Gulf Wars.

Desnoyers-Colas currently serves as the faculty coordinator of the African American Male Initiative Program at Armstrong. A retired U.S. Air Force Major, her past military duties include serving as a speechwriter for Senior Department of Defense officials and as the director of the Joint Task Force Information Bureau and the Haitian Refuge Rescue Effort in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

She has a Ph.D. and M.A. in Communication from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va. and a B.A. in Mass Media/Journalism from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash. Her research interests include narrative and storytelling in the African American community, racial identity, black feminism, African American music and African American theater.

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