SLIS Welcomes New Postdoctoral Researcher, Allan Martell


August 18, 2020

Photo of Allan MartellBATON ROUGE - Allan Martell joins the School of Library & Information Science (SLIS) as a Postdoctoral Researcher collaborating on the Virtual Footlocker Project (VFP). He graduated with his PhD in information from the University of Michigan in May. His dissertation focused on the memories of children and grandchildren of former refugees and veterans of the guerrilla army during the civil war in El Salvador. 

“I was interested in working on the VFP because its mission humanizes the experiences and sacrifices of army veterans. The project will highlight the complexities and nuances of war,” said Martell. “These veterans’ stories of struggle, resilience, and hope are an important historical source for people to reflect and engage with them as individuals rather than anonymous service members.” 

Martell believes his experience in his dissertation research will benefit the VFP. “My research allowed me to realize that veteran’s stories reveal the larger context of the war. Capturing these stories is critical for future generations to understand war and it’s impact on those waging it.” 

“SLIS is excited to welcome Allan Martell this fall,” said Ed Benoit, SLIS associate director. “His background fits perfectly with the VFP’s goals and directions. We are lucky to add him to the VFP team and SLIS as a whole.” 



About the School of Library & Information Science
The LSU School of Library & Information Science (SLIS) provides a 100% online prestigious education in library and information science. It is the home of the Master of Library and Information Science, which is the only program accredited by the American Library Association in the state of Louisiana. SLIS also offers an undergraduate minor in Digital Studies, and three certificate options. SLIS is part of the College of Human Sciences & Education.  

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About the College of Human Sciences & Education
The College of Human Sciences & Education, or CHSE, is a nationally accredited division of LSU. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, the School of Library & Information Science, the School of Social Work and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer eight undergraduate degree programs, 20 graduate programs and seven online graduate degree and/or certificate programs, enrolling more than 1,795 undergraduate and 1,935 graduate students. The college is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research and service and is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan.

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