Almost all of my scholarly and popular writing addresses how Americans have grappled with the difficult questions that emerge during and after the United States’ wars in Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq: How have Americans remembered wars? How do they think about the impact of war on service members and civilians? Can a culture heal from a divisive war, and, if so, how? Below, you can find information about my books, edited and co-edited collections, journal articles and book chapters, and op-eds. To learn about what I’m working on now, click here. 

My Books:

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Signature Wounds: The Untold story of the Military’s mental Health Crisis

New York University Press, 2019

"A significant contribution to understanding the long-term human costs and consequences of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Afoundational work in this field." ~Susan Carruthers, University of Warwick

"Because David Kieran is so fair-minded, his analysis of the mentalhealth crisis in the U.S. military is devastating and persuasive.Signature Wounds provides a judicious, yet stunning, rebuke to a culturethat incessantly reminds us to support our troops yet acquiesces toendless wars that expose them to levels of psychological trauma nomental health program could possibly prevent or adequately treat." ~Christian G. Appy, author of Patriots: The Vietnam War Remembered from All Sides

"An impressive work on a vitally important, yet understudied topic that is both illuminating and compelling. For an American society still grappling with the multifaceted problems of endless war, this is an extraordinarily relevant book that deserves a wide readership." ~Gregory A. Daddis, Chapman University


University of Massachusetts Press, 2014

"This argument is quite original and exceptionally well constructed. . . . Kieran's research is meticulous and his arguments are delineated with care. Moreover, the examination of the six sites centers on specific characters and incidents, treating each in a very individual way, thereby adhering to the process of recognizing the importance of social agency and examining what specific people do to re-enact a commemorative practice and reshape memory."—David Ryan, International Affairs

"Kieran deftly interweaves historical and literary analysis to reveal how multiple narrations of the Vietnam War have shaped ideas of the conflict and of U.S. history. . . . [T]his creative, bold, insightful book should be required reading for those interested in war, memory, militarism, and the recent history of the United States."—Journal of American History


My Edited and Co-Edited Volumes:


Rutgers University Press, 2018

Co-edited with Edwin A. Martini

"Kieran and Martini have done a truly magnificent job. The table of contents of At War is enough to make one want to immediately buy and use the book. I cannot praise highly enough the concept and the fulfilled ambition of the editors."

--Marilyn B. Young, author of The Vietnam Wars, 1945-1990

"By highlighting culture, this fascinating collection informs the problem of how persistent war could broadly impact the United States but most contemporary American civilians are oblivious to it. Well written, deeply researched, and perfect for course use."

--Mary L. Dudziak, author of War Time: An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences


Rutgers University Press, 2015

"The array of approaches and resources in this well-conceived and original volume will make it the 'go to' book on how the war on terror has shaped a generation."

--Julia L. Mickenberg, Learning from the Left: Children's Literature, the Cold War, & Radical Politics in the United States

"[A] welcome collection of essays … The War of My Generation evinces the historian William Appleman Williams's pithy observation that in the United States empire is, and has long been, 'a way of life.'"

--The Chronicle of Higher Education


Reconceptualizing Cultures of Remote Warfare

Special Issue of Journal and War & Culture Studies 11:1 (2018)

Co-Edited with Rebecca A. Adelman

This special issue of The Journal of War and Culture Studies maintains that there is more to be said about remote warfare, and the three essays contained herein develop new, more substantive and productive ways of thinking about remoteness in warfare by opening up uncharted critical spaces in which to reflect on it and, more specifically, its cultural origins, consequences, and enmeshments.


My articles and chapters have appeared HERE:

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I have also written op-eds on matters of War & Society for several local and national media venues. Click the image to read the piece!