Distinguished Faculty Award for Research and Scholarship Presented to David M. Rosen

Madison, NJ (September 11, 2008) — Fairleigh Dickinson University honored David M. Rosen, professor of anthropology and law, with the Distinguished Faculty Award for Research and Scholarship on September 10, 2008.

 “As a graduate student doing fieldwork in Sierra Leone, you were inspired by the country and have revisited it in your research,” began Dr. Joseph Kiernan, University provost, when presenting the award.

“As a lecturer at Ben Gurion University in Israel, you became active in local civil rights groups and passionate about the region. A ‘constant companion’ of war, as you so eloquently put it, you lost kin to the Holocaust and have since looked to shed insights on conflicts that claim lives.”

While walking through the British Military Cemetery in Jerusalem, strolling among the graves of young soldiers who died during World War I, Rosen came to a deep understanding that youth have long been, as he wrote, “consumed in the fires of war.”  

This was the inspiration that led to his groundbreaking book, "Armies of the Young: Child Soldiers in War and Terrorism." In this volume — with case studies from Eastern Europe during the Holocaust, Sierra Leone and Palestine — he makes the case that the child soldier problem reflects changing social and legal views of childhood.

Recently translated into Italian, reviewers call the book “powerful,” “provocative” and a “strong example of an ethical and engaged treatment of this topic.”

Rosen has expanded his contributions with articles such as, “Child Soldiers, International Humanitarian Law, and the Globalization of Childhood” and a forthcoming piece about child soldiers in literature. He also helped frame the American Anthropological Association initiative to promote U.S. ratification of the Convention of the Rights of the Child. Rosen is now studying the war crimes trials at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, where the principle defendants were charged with recruiting child soldiers.
He has authored "Readings in Anthopolog" and numerous chapters and papers on subjects like American families, Judaism, the Middle East, poverty and slavery.

Rosen has been an FDU faculty member since 1981, teaching courses in cultural anthropology and American constitutional law. He has served as president of the Faculty Senate and chair of the University Grievance Committee.

“Your inspired work has probed profound questions, shaped new understandings and earned you the Distinguished Faculty Award for Research and Scholarship,” said Kiernan.

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