David Kieran, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History
David Kieran is an assistant professor in the Department of History at Washington & Jefferson College. He teaches a broad range of courses in U.S. history after 1900, with a special interest in war and society, the United States’ global engagements, and public memory. He was trained in the interdisciplinary field of American Studies, and encourages students to analyze a wide range of sources that challenge their prior assumptions, are relevant to their own experience, and help them better engage with historical and cultural factors that shape the world in which they live. He is particularly interested in developing opportunities for students to engage with historians working outside of the College and to present their research in ways that reach an audience beyond the campus.
Kieran’s research focuses on matters of war and society and public memory in contemporary U.S. culture. His first book, Forever Vietnam: How a Divisive War Changed American Public Memory, was published by the University of Massachusetts Press in 2014. He also edited a collection of essays, The War of My Generation: Youth Culture and the War on Terror (Rutgers University Press, 2015). He has also contributed chapters to several edited volumes, and his articles have appeared in American Studies, The Journal of American Studies, War and Society, Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, and M/MLA.
Currently, Kieran is completing a book manuscript (under contract with New York University Press) that examines how the Army and the Department of Veterans Affairs sought to address the mental health issues that emerged during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and how concerns about these issues shaped larger debates over the wars, the relationship between the military and the nation, and the place of mental health in contemporary U.S. culture. He is also co-editing, with Edwin A. Martini of Western Michigan University, a collection of essays entitled At War: Militarism and American Culture in the Twentieth Century and Beyond (Rutgers University Press) and, with Rebecca A. Adelman of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, a special issue of The Journal of War and Culture Studies on the topic “Reconceptualizing Cultures of Remote Warfare.”
- The War of My Generation: Youth Culture and the War on Terror (Rutgers University Press, 2015)
- Forever Vietnam: How a Divisive War Changed American Public Memory (University of Massachusetts Press, 2014)