Brandan P Buck

Brandan P Buck

Brandan P Buck

Graduate Research Assistant

U.S. History: 20th century U.S. military and diplomatic history, U.S.-Afghan relations, digital history, the national security state, postwar conservatism and isolationism.

Brandan is a PhD student in history and a Digital History Fellow at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. He is interested in 20th century U.S. history, particularly Cold War foreign policy and international relations.

Before attending GMU, Brandan was employed as an imagery and geospatial analyst with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. He previously served with the United States Army and Virginia Army National Guard.

Current Research

Brandan's current research concerns rightwing opposition to U.S. foreign policy and the national security state in the postwar era. His efforts are particularly focused on how conservative opposition to U.S. government foreign policy survived political irrelevance during the Cold War, and how that opposition resurfaced during the 1990s. 

Selected Publications

“Brokering a Buffer State: Afghan Neutrality and American Diplomacy, 1973–1979” International History Review, Feb 20, 2018

“‘The Mortar Between the Bricks’: Willis Conover and Global Jazz” Jazz Perspectives Dec 13, 2017

Expanded Publication List

“Why Can’t We Be Friends? The History of and Prospects for Left and Right Antiwar Collaboration,”, (2022)

“No ‘Putin apologia’ and certainly not new: the Old American Right on war,” Responsible Statecraft, (2022)

“A History of Distrust: How the Right Lost Faith in Institutions,”, (2022)

"A Brief History of the "Isolationist" Strawman," History News Network, Aug 29, 2021, (2021)

Grants and Fellowships

George Mason University’s History and Art History Department’s Louise and Rudolf Fishel Graduate Fellowship (2020)


M.A. History - George Mason University (2016)

B.A. History - University of Denver (2009)