Jerry Lembcke

Anthropology and Sociology

Associate Professor Emeritus

Ph.D., University of Oregon



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Jerry Lembcke earned his Ph.D. in Sociology in 1978 from the University of Oregon. He is Associate Professor Emeritus of Sociology and has taught Development of Social Theory, Sociology of Power, and, recently, Reading the Times. Professor Lembcke's research interest centers on media (re)constructions and myth-making. His recent book is Hanoi Jane: War, Sex, and Fantasies of Betrayal.



Minnesota Public Radio. “The Cult of the Uniform.” September 16, 2011.

Talk Nation Radio. “Hanoi Jane.” Interviewed by Dori Smith, Part 1 August 8, 2010:

Part 2, August 30, 2010:

National Public Radio (NPR)—On the Media. January 25, 2008, "The War at Home", By Brooke Gladstone

National Public Radio (NPR)—On the Media. February 2, 2007, “Great Expectorations” By Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield.



Jarhead. February 13, 2006

Apocalypse Now Redux. August 7, 2001


Book Reviews by Jerry Lembcke

2016. Megan MacKenzie, “Beyond the Band of Brothers: The US Military and the Myth That Women Can’t Fight.” Choice Magazine (The American Librarian Association), January.

2015. David Kieran. “Forever Vietnam: How the War in Vietnam Change American Memory.” The American Historical Review (120)..

2014. Patrick Hagopian, “The Vietnam War in American Memory: Veterans, Memorials, and the Politics of Healing.” Journal of Cold War Studies Vol. 19 No 4.

2014. Elizabeth F. Desnoyers-Colas, “Marching as to War: Personal Narratives of African American Women’s Experiences in the Gulf Wars.” Choice Magazine (The American Librarian Association), December.

2014. Penny Lewis, “Hardhats, Hippies and Hawks.” Contemporary Sociology.

2012. John V.H. Dipple, “War and Sex: Man’s Urge for Battle.” Humanity and Society, November.

2011. Michael Allen, “Until the Last Man Comes Home: POWs, MIAs, and the Unending War in Vietnam.” American Historical Review No. 116.

2010. Scott Laderman, “Tours of Vietnam: War, Travel Guides, and Memory.” American Historical Review, April.

2010. Natasha Zaretsky. “No Direction Home: The American Family and the Fear of National Decline, 1969-1980.” Peace and Change, January.


Reviews and Author Interviews for the podcast series New Books Network (With Ellis Jones)

January 29, 2016. Michael Schwalby. Rigging the Game: How Inequality is Reproduced in Everyday Life.

October 3, 2014. Paul Loeb. The Impossible Will Take a Little While: Perseverance and Hope in Troubled Times.

February 12, 2015. Lynn Chancer and John Andrews. The Unhappy Divorce of Sociology and Psychoanalysis: Diverse Perspectives on the Psychosocial.

October 3, 2014. Paul Loeb. The Impossible Will Take a Little While: Perseverance and Hope in Troubled Times.

May 24, 2014. James Russell. Social Insecurity: 401Ks and the Retirement Crisis.

May 15, 2014. Leah Cohen No Book But the World.


Opinion Pieces by Jerry Lembcke

Washington Post. June 30, 2010. “Lady Gaga, Guns, and McChrystal”.

Chronicle of Higher Education. April 26, 2010. “The Times, They Changed".

November 10, 2014. Counterpunch, “Veterans Day Through a Maureen Dowd Flashback. ”

October 16, 2015. Jacobin Magazine. “The Medicalization of Dissent” (with Jeremy Kuzmarov).

October 10, 2014. Counterpunch, “The Legacy of WWI Shell Shock for PTSD-TBI.”

April 17, 2014. Counterpunch, “War Trauma and the New York Times.”

March 10, 2014. Counterpunch, “Veterans Sue for PTSD.”

November 16, 2013. Common Dreams, “The Apocalypse Industry: End-Time Fantasies of a Crumbling Empire.”

July 11, 2013. Counterpunch, “Flashbacks, Fireworks—and Cars that Backfire? PTSD and the Lore of Vietnam”

2013. Zinn Education Project. “`I’m Studying the Vietnam War . . . ‘: The Veteran Voice in the Vietnam War History Curriculum.” 

March 30, 2012. Newsday, “Was Sgt. Bales `broken’?”.

June 14, 2012. Counterpunch, “The Unseen Wound: PTSD, Diagnosis or Identity?

June 11, 2012. History News Network, “Vietnam is Back in Town.”

January 6, 2010. National Catholic Reporter, “Medicating and Medicalizing Dissent.”


Martin Kuz. November 9, 2014. Stars and Stripes Newspaper. November 9, 2014. “The Lingering Stigma of the ~Troubled Vet.’”

Rick Hampton. USA Today. July 3, 2008. "In This War, Troops get a Rousing Welcome Home."

Dan Carpenter. Indianapolis Star. May 25, 2008. “Revisiting an Indelible Ugly Image" 1039/OPINION05

Tom King. Salem-News. February 25, 2008. “Who Really Spat on Veterans During the War?”

Sharon Jayson. USA Today. December 3, 2007. “Cultural Icons this Generation is Studying.”

Steven Wells. Philadelphia Weekly. October 31, 2007. “Spitboaters against the Truth.”

Eric Alterman. The Nation Magazine. September 27, 2007. “The Coming `Stab in the back’ Campaign” 

Dave Johnson. AlterNet. January 30, 2007. “Did Spitting `victim’ from D.C. Protest cry Wolf?”

Kevin Baker. Harpers Magazine. June, 2006. “Stabbed in the Back: The Past and Future of a Right-wing Myth.

Peter Rowe. San Diego Union-Tribune. November 11, 2005. “Busting Vietnam Stereotypes.”

Reed Johnson. Los Angeles Times. March 2004. “Thirty Years On: Stir of Echoes.” 


 "Hanoi Jane: War, Sex and Fantasies of Betrayal"

"Hanoi Jane: War, Sex, and Fantasies of Betrayal": Synopsis and Discussion





CNN's Tailwind Tale: Inside Vietnam's Last Great Myth






 The Spitting Image: Myth, Memory, and the Legacy of Vietnam

“The Spitting Image”: Synopsis and Discussions





 Recapturing Marxism: An Appraisal of Recent Trends in Sociological Theory






  Reviews of Jerry Lembcke in “Sir! No Sir!”






One Union In Wood





  PTSD: Diagnosis and Identity in Post Empire America

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