The Hartford School


tyler is is the Director and co-founder of the Hartford School. He works as an academic writer,  editor and adjunct professor at the Smith College School of Social Work. He  earned a bachelor's degree in English Literature, and a master’s and doctorate in Communication at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, with a concentration in Performance Studies. His scholarly experience and training includes performance theory, writing, and autoethnography; personal narrative; and, Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) as they intersect with global human rights and social justice. He has taught courses on research writing, public speaking, communication theory, and rhetoric. tyler has written and presented extensively around the country on war, occupation, military culture and doctrine, and other veterans issues.

This work is based on both academic research and personal experiences from his twelve years in the U.S. Marine Corps. Among his publications is his book, Packing Inferno: The Unmaking of a Marine, an account of America’s occupation of Iraq in 2004. tyler participated in the 2010 Truth Commission on Conscience in War, a nationwide attempt to critically examine the questions of conscience facing American service members. Much of his work is focused on the concepts and attitudes surrounding moral injury, its effects on veterans in the aftermath of violent combat operations, and performative approaches to recovery. 

tyler's current research interests include the steady diminishment of rhetorical power in contemporary society and its effects on politics, culture, and power relations; and in the correlative findings between research on human neurological function and the epistemological foundations of social phenomena. 

For more information about tyler’s activist work and publications, see his website: or Wikipedia.

tyler's curriculum vitae can be viewed HERE.

nimrod shavit

Director of Academics

nimrod shavit is the Director of Academics and co-founder of the Hartford School of Applied Social Theory. He recently defended a doctoral dissertation in Communication Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His scholarly interest is in problems and paradoxes of social cooperation, especially the organization of work and production in modern industrial society. Analytically, his studies focus on naturally occurring behaviors and interpretations of social actors that can be observed and documented by ethnographic and discursive field research methods. Nimrod advocates a cross disciplinary theory in the social sciences capable of explaining any social behavior by universal principles and laws. To advance this purpose, he is now considering the contradiction between Darwin’s theory of human evolution and Durkheim’s theory of the genesis of society. The aim of this consideration is, in part, an attempt to locate the origins of human morality and rationality and thereby offer concrete explanations of (anti)social behavior in contemporary urban settings such as, for example, the city of Hartford.

nimrod's curriculum vitae can be viewed HERE.



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