Karen and Eric are a dynamic team pursuing Indigenous and Veteran issues.
Dr. Karen Hannel is the founding Chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies and Experiential Learning at Saint Leo University and the author of Lost Voices of the First World War in Irish Art and Literature (McFarland, forthcoming). She is a teacher-scholar whose academic career continues to be shaped by her experiences as an adjunct instructor, non-traditional student, artist, poet, organic gardener, caregiver, and social justice advocate.
Dr. Eric Hannel retired from the United States Marine Corps and later served as a congressional military liaison and the Staff Director/lead investigator for the Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations in the House Veterans' Affairs Committee. While in Congress, Dr. Hannel contributed to the amicus curiae brief presented to the Supreme Court of the United States regarding Kingdomware Technologies, Inc. v. United States, spoke at length with the UK Defense Minister on veterans’ issues, and as part of the House Democracy Partnership he addressed Members of Parliament from Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Peru, and Timor-Leste and most recently the Secretary General of the Sri Lankan Parliament. Dr. Hannel has more than two decades of experience addressing systems, information, personnel, and personal security issues.