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Colonel David Buchanan

Department Head and Associate Professor

Department of English & Fine Arts

Col Buchanan
Contact Information

(719) 333-3930




Dave Buchanan is from a small town in Kansas and has spent his career teaching and flying. His scholarly interests include native American literature, the literature of the American West, and American War Literature. His first book, Going Scapegoat, appeared in Fall 2016.


BS (English), USAF Academy, CO, 1999

MA (American Literature), University of Kansas, 2003

PhD (Literary Studies), University of Denver, 2015

Professional Experience

2020-2022: Director of Operations, 618 Air Operations Center, Scott AFB, IL

2018: Air Defense Liaison Team, Senior Duty Officer, Kingdom of Bahrain

2017: Director of Operations, 870 AES, Chabelley Airfield, Djibouti, Africa

2015-Present: Associate Professor of English, DFENG

2010-2012: Deputy Director and Speechwriter, Commander’s Action Group, USAFA

2006-2010: KC-10 Pilot, 2 ARS, McGuire AFB, NJ

2003-2006: Assistant Professor of English, DFENG


Going Scapegoat: Post-9/11 American War Literature, Language and Culture. McFarland Publishers (2016)

“Warrior Woundings, Warrior Culture: an Ethos for a Post-9/11 American War Culture” in New Cultures of Remote Warfare (University of Minnesota Press, 2020).

“Reporting is not a Holy Word: Tim O’Brien’s Edits in If I Die and The Things They Carried.” Modern Fiction Studies, 65, no. 4, Winter 2019: 618-42.

“Another Fistful: the American Sniper Franchise and Clint Eastwood’s Post-9/11 American War Film as Neo-Western” in The Films of Clint Eastwood: Critical Perspectives (University of New Mexico Press, 2018)

“Shooting Hoops Like Magic Tricks: The Function of Rezball in the Work of Stephen Graham Jones” in A Critical Companion to the Fictions of Stephen Graham Jones (University of New Mexico Press, 2016).

“They Call it the Hajji Mall.” War, Literature, and the Arts 26 (2014).

“The Barely Functioning Author in Percival Everett’s Erasure.” Kritikos: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal of Postmodern Cultural Sound, Text and Image 11 (Oct-Dec 2014)

“When the King Died.” Line of Advance (18 August 2014).

“To Plan or Not to Plan.” Desert Leaf (March 2005): A5.

“Review of Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya’s The Watch.Denver Quarterly 2 (2016): 96-97.

“Review of Kirk Cornutt’s Baby Let’s Make a Baby.” War, Literature, and the Arts 1-2 (2005): 335-336.

“Kicking Against the Pricks.” O-Dark-Thirty: The Report (11 Oct 2014).

“Training Days.” Line of Advance 2 (Spring/Summer 2014): 5-9.

“Columbus Road.” The Lascaux Review (1 May 2014). Ed. Stephen Parrish and Wendy Rush.

“Stuck in the Sacristy.” The Writer’s Workshop Review 31 (Mar 2011).

“Third Country Nationals.” War, Literature, and the Arts 19.1, 2 (2007): 267-271.