1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Anthony Schienschang

AA, American Military University, 2018
BS, Texas A&M University - Central Texas, 2016
MS, Southern New Hampshire University, 2018

For my doctoral studies, I am most interested in exploring the ethics of modern militaries, focusing specifically on war crimes, atrocities, and other violations of the laws of land warfare. I intend to focus on Western militaries and will be examining their training methodologies and culture to better understand what factors contribute to human rights violations.

I previously served in the United States Army from 2005 to 2014, as both a Cavalry Scout and a Military Police Officer. I deployed to the Middle East twice; once to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and once to Kuwait as a part of Operation Spartan Shield. I was retired from the United States Army as a Staff Sergeant due to wounds received by enemy action. During my time in the military, I began framing the questions that would eventually lead me to the University of Virginia. Central to my line of questioning is to better understand the thread of violence that permeates various cultures across time and how that influences the present.

After retiring from the military, I worked for the Virginia Department of Transportation and James City County, Virginia doing storm-water management, environmental inspections, and resource protection. I also worked for an engineering firm as a project manager conducting infrastructure restoration and GIS mapping services across the Commonwealth.


Western militaries; ethics; military anthropology; power dynamics; nationalism; violence; human rights violations; training methodologies