David F. Eisler is a writer and cultural studies scholar. His research focuses on the relationship between American civil-military relations and contemporary war fiction, as well as the representations of scientists in American literature and film.
Prior to completing his PhD, David was a Research Associate at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) where he provided analytical support to the Department of Defense and other federal agencies. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for Words After War, a non-profit literary organization that brings veterans and civilians together to examine war and conflict through the lens of literature. Before joining IDA, David served five years on active duty in the United States Army, earning the rank of captain and completing overseas tours in Germany, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
David also received a BA in astrophysics from Cornell University in 2007 and an MA in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in 2014. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, War on the Rocks, The Daily Beast, Collier’s Magazine, Military Review, Drunken Boat, and the anthology of short fiction, The Road Ahead: Fiction from the Forever War (Pegasus Books, 2017). He lives in Amberg, Germany.