Melinda R. TarsiI’m Melinda Tarsi, an assistant professor of┬ápolitical science at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.┬áMy dissertation project focused on the evolution of veterans’ education benefits in the post-World War II era, and on the unlikely alliances formed by political coalition members in favor of more generous benefits for former service members. My other research interests include American civil-military relations; war and American state-building; race, gender, and public opinion; and geographic analyses of public opinion data.