Dr. Eric Hannel

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Dr. Hannel retired from the United States Marine Corps and later served as a congressional military liaison and later as the Staff Director/lead investigator for the Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations in the House Veterans' Affairs Committee. While in Congress, Dr. Hannel contributed to the amicus curiae brief presented to the Supreme Court of the United States regarding Kingdomware Technologies, Inc. v. United States, spoke at length with the UK Defense Minister on veterans’ issues, and as part of the House Democracy Partnership he addressed Members of Parliament from Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Peru, and Timor-Leste and most recently the Secretary General of the Sri Lankan Parliament.

Dr. Hannel earned his Ph.D. in 2014, majoring in both Humanities & Culture and Public Policy & Social Change and he was the recipient of the Marvin B. Sussman Dissertation Award at Union Institute & University. He also holds a B.S. in History from Excelsior College, a M.A. in Humanities from California State University, Dominguez Hills and recently completed a law degree specializing in Indigenous Peoples Law. 

Dr. Hannel writes and speaks extensively about Native American and veterans’ issues exposing discrimination and inequality. He also authored Reinterpreting a Native American Identity: Examining the Lumbee through the Peoplehood Model in 2015 (Rowman & Littlefield).