Aaron Belkin

Projects

"Don't Ask, Don’t Tell"

Since 1999, Belkin has served as founding director of the Palm Center, a University of California research institute that used social science scholarship to inform public opinion about "don't ask, don’t tell," (DADT) and that the Advocate named as one of the most effective gay rights organizations in the nation.

Militarism and gender

Belkin’s concerns about the militarization of American culture and its relationship to gender and war led him to co-found the Costs of War project at Brown University and to provide $125,000 in seed funding through the Palm Center.

Organizational strategy

Belkin is interested in the leadership and management of progressive social justice organizations, in particular how they achieve and measure success, how they attract media and public attention to their messages, how they obtain funding, and how they motivate personnel to remain committed to key missions.
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Aaron Belkin is a scholar, author, activist and dancer. He has written and edited more than twenty five scholarly articles, chapters and books, the most recent of which is a study of contradictions in American warrior masculinity and the ways in which smoothing over those contradictions makes U.S. empire seem unproblematic. The book, titled Bring Me Men, was first published by Columbia University Press in 2012 and then picked up by Oxford University Press in 2013.

Since 1999, Belkin has served as founding director of the Palm Center, which the Advocate named as one of the most effective gay rights organizations in the nation.
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