A "big data" project for its day, the SSRC's The American Soldier series was deeply influential in shaping the social science of military organization and in developing new research methods. On the occasion of its four volumes and the underlying trove of data becoming openly accessible, Items republishes several archival essays on The American Soldier. Here, Rodrigo Ugarte provides an overview of the project's origins and impact.
Rodrigo Ugarte is the editorial assistant of Items: Insights from the Social Sciences. He has written about deported undocumented veterans, Jewish Argentinian troops during the Falklands War, World War II female aviators, and various other topics for Remezcla and War Is Boring. Ugarte graduated with a BA in writing from Ithaca College.