The Sosh Research Lab Mission:  

The mission of the Sosh Research Lab is to develop and promote relevant and impactful scholarly work by faculty and cadets in the disciplines of political science and economics.  The Lab creates opportunities for faculty and cadet development through research, builds partnerships with external organizations, and connects to a network of experts across Army and the broader national security community.

The Lab's objectives include:

  • Addressing significant issues in national security through research in the disciplines of political science and economics.
  • Building research collaborations and partnerships.
  • Amplifying the reach and visibility of faculty and cadet research.
  • Expanding opportunities and providing resources to support faculty and cadet research activities.

Recent Events


The Sosh Research Lab kicked off fall semester by supporting a tailor-made book conference in support of Dr. Jason Warner and his co-authors’ manuscript on the Islamic State in Africa.

This fantastic event included resident experts from the Combating Terrorism Center, guest scholars from both the academic and policy realms, and multiple participants joining the conversation via teleconference. Working together over multiple sessions in Jefferson Hall, this impressive group offered critical insights on the book draft and helped the team of authors prepare their next steps for finishing the project.

We recently launched The Sosh Podcast with our first episode featuring Dr. Elizabeth Economy and a discussion on U.S.-China relations and Covid-19.

Panelists discuss the emerging environment in the Indo-Pacific region at Senior Conference 55 in the Haig Room of Jefferson Hall.
Former Secretary of Defense Bob Gates addresses cadets in Robinson Auditorium.

Upcoming Events

The Sosh Research Lab has a full slate of activities planned for this semester. Stay tuned for the latest on salons with guest reviewers, departmental research presentations, and research workshops suited for in-progress work at various stages of development.

Faculty Research

The Sosh Research Lab provides venues for faculty to present their research to new audiences. Here, CPT (now MAJ) Kyle Wolfley, an assistant professor of International Affairs, describes his research on military statecraft and multinational exercises to participants at Senior Conference.

CPT Kyle Wolfley presenting his research
West Point cadet presenting her research on retired flag officer endorsements to a retired flag officer.

Cadet Research

The Department of Social Sciences is pleased to announce the creation of a new undergraduate journal, The West Point Journal of Politics and Security, which is now accepting submissions for its inaugural issue to be published in Spring 2021. Please see our guidelines for submissions here.


In this photo, CDT Olivia Simon briefs AMB Doug Lute about her thesis project looking at the political behavior of retired flag officers. This work was part of a larger project that was recently published with MAJ Zach Griffiths in Armed Forces and Society (

Featured Contributions

The Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute recently published the conference monograph for last year's Senior Conference: "The Emerging Environment in the Indo-Pacific: Drivers, Directions, and Decisions."

Our People


The Lab Staff

          Co-Directors: LTC Heidi Demarest and Dr. Thom Sherlock

          Deputy Director: Dr. Scott Limbocker

          Fellows: MAJ George Fust and MAJ Tom Fox

The Lab Liaisons

          AP: LTC Demarest and Dr. Limbocker       

          IA: Dr. Sherlock and CPT Robinson       

          Econ: Dr. Smith and MAJ Stramara          

          CTC: Dr. Milton

          OEMA: LTC Crow

Contact Us:

If you are interested in tapping into the Sosh Research Lab and initiating a project, please contact our team directly at

Announcing: Our New Journal of Undergraduate Research!