Edward J. K. Gitre

Edward J. K. Gitre

Edward J. K. Gitre

Assistant Professor


407 Major Williams Hall
220 Stanger St.
Blacksburg, VA 24061





Department Membership



  • Modern U.S. Cultural and Intellectual History
  • History of the Social Sciences
  • Psychocultural Criticism
  • World War II
  • Veterans in Society and Culture]


  • Ph.D. Rutgers University
  • M.A. University of Manchester
  • M.A. Theological Studies
  • B.A. University of Michigan

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    Grant-in-Aid, Rockefeller Archive Center, 2015

    John C. Slater Fellowship, American Philosophical Society Library, 2012 

    Postdoctoral Fellow in U.S. History, Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of  Virginia, 2008-2011

    Selected Publications

    Book Chapters

    “‘This is Our Story’: The Early Historiography of the Azusa Street Revival and the Spiritual Politics of Pentecostal Memory.” In A Light to the World: Explorations in Ecumenism,  Missions and Pentecostalism. Editors Stanley M. Burgess and Paul Wesley Lewis.  Eugene, OR: Pickwick, forthcoming.

    “Retread America: Postwar Re-adjustment, Boredom, and Life in The Lonely Crowd.” In Aesthetic Fatigue: Modernity and the Language of Waste. Editors John F.M. Clark and John Scanlan.  Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2013.


    “The Great Escape: World War II, Neo-Freudianism, and the Origins of Psychocultural Analysis.” Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 47 (Winter 2011): 18-43.

    “Importing Freud: First-Wave Psychoanalysis, Interwar Social Sciences, and the Interdisciplinary Foundations of an American Social Theory.” Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 36 (Summer 2010): 239-62.

    “A Failure to Communicate: Benjamin Braddock and the Aims of Education.” Hedgehog Review 12 (Spring 2010): 63-74.

    “William James on Divine Intimacy: Psychical Research, Cosmological Realism, and a Circumscribed Re-Reading of The Varieties of Religious Experience.” History of the Human Sciences 19 (May 2006): 1-22.

    Additional Information

    Edward J.K. Gitre is currently working on two book manuscripts.  The one explores World War II, soldier-to-veteran readjustment, and the war's long-term social and cultural legacy, entitled tentatively “One Nation, Under Adjustment: How World War II Subverted American Individualism.” The other book project is a history of interdisciplinarity and transnational dialogue in the social sciences.  He is launching a digital humanities project, “The American Soldier,” in tandem to help promote research on the history of the social sciences and psychoneurosis (known today as PTSD) during World War II.  He would welcome working with students interested in these and other topics in modern American society and culture.