Taylor Paige Winfield


Taylor Winfield graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University in 2013, with a major in sociology and a minor in anthropology. Her dissertation investigates how the United States Military transforms civilians into soldiers. She is interested how incoming recruits, whose civilian identities are constrained by the regimented institutional context, re- fashion personal self-definitions. How do they experience trading in their unique clothes for uniforms, their preferred food for mess halls meals, and individualized routines for rigid schedules? How does the command address questions of alignment and conflict regarding identity? Under what circumstances is agreement between opposing identities achieved, negotiated or unresolved? Although all incoming recruits face these questions, her study shines light on how experiences vary along ethnic, gender, and religious lines.

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