FDU professors ask, Where have all the heroes gone? in new book

Madison, N.J. (March 23, 2017) – During the presidential campaign President Donald Trump questioned Arizona Senator John McCain’s war hero status by saying, “He's a war hero 'cause he was captured. I like people that weren't captured, OK?”peabody

In Where Have All The Heroes Gone? The Changing Nature of American Valor, Fairleigh Dickinson University political science professors and pollsters Bruce Peabody and Krista Jenkins take a long, empirical look at heroism’s usage and meaning over the years, emerging with interesting conclusions. “What was once considered sacred is now being challenged, raising questions about what heroism means today,” says Jenkins.

Peabody and Jenkins analyze the concept of U.S. heroism, specifically its meaning and application over the past 50 years. They highlight the distinctive perspectives of heroism amongst political and media elites and the public. They argue that these issues are important because of the prominence of “hero talk” in today’s governing and campaign environment, and because learning about heroes teaches readers about political trust and responsible citizenship. Where Have All The Heroes Gone? is available for purchase online.jenkins

About the authors:
Peabody is a professor of political science at FDU, and he also serves as the director of Florham Institute for Lifelong Learning. Peabody previously authored The Politics of Judicial Independence: Courts, Politics, and the Public and has published numerous scholarly articles and publications written for a general audience including contributions to the New York Times, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, and SCOTUSblog. To learn more about Peabody visit his personal website.

Jenkins is a professor of political science at FDU, specializing in American politics, youth politics and gender in American politics. She also serves as the director of PublicMind, the University’s survey research center, which recently received an “A” rating from statistician Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight blog. Jenkins’ previously authored Mothers, Daughters, and Political Socialization: Two Generations at an American Women’s College and co-authored A New Engagement? Political Participation, Civic Life, and the Changing American Citizen.


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