Brandan P Buck

Brandan P Buck

Brandan P Buck

Graduate Teaching Assistant

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

Brandan is a Ph.D. candidate in history, teaching assistant, and graduate affiliate with the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. He is interested in 20th-century U.S. history, particularly Cold War political culture, 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

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)

In the Media

"Deja vu: Republicans fracturing over Ukraine, just like Korea," Responsible Statecraft, (2022)

"The Old Right and the Antiwar Movement w/ Brandan P. Buck," Parallax Views with J.G. Michael, The Old Right and the Antiwar Movement w/ Brandan P. Buck (

“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)