Dave Burford

Dave Burford


  • PhD Student



I am a fifth year PhD student from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I study the American officer corps during the early and mid-1960s to explore how officers envisioned and fulfilled their professional roles and responsibilities during a period of international tension and military reform.

• PhD History, Mississippi State University, 2015 – Current
• Master of Arts in Military History, with Honor, Norwich University, June 2012
Capstone paper: “War of 1812: Birth of a Regular Army”
Advisor: John R. Maass, Ph.D., Historian, U.S. Army Center of Military History
• Master of Business Administration, University of South Alabama, May 1987
• Bachelor of Arts in History, University of Tampa, April 1975

Instructor of Record, Mississippi State University
Early U.S. History, Fall 2019
Modern U.S. History, Summer 2019

Teaching Assistant, Mississippi State University
Early U.S. History: Fall 2017, Fall 2016
Modern U.S. History: Fall 2018, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
Modern Western World: Spring 2018, Spring 2017
Guest Lecturer, “The Thirty Years War,” Modern Western World, Mississippi State University, Spring 2017

I have a broad interest in the study of military history, civil-military relations, American military history, and the development of the American army.

Review of Clark, J. P., Preparing for War: The Emergence of the Modern U.S. Army, 1815-1917. H-War, H-Net Reviews. December, 2017.
URL: http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=51181

“The War of 1812: An American Experiment,” The War of 1812 Magazine, 21 (January 2014). URL:  http://www.napoleon-series.org/military/Warof1812/2014/Issue21/Burford….
“Foreword” in Bruce Mowday, Pickett's Charge: The Untold Story (Fort Lee, NJ: Barricade Books, 2013), ix-xii.

Review of Civil War Battlefield Orders Gone Awry: The Written Word and Its Consequences in 13 Engagements, by Donald R. Jermann, H-War, H-Net Reviews. May, 2013. URL: http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=37033.

Review of The Dawn's Early Light, by Walter Lord. H-War, H-Net Reviews. August, 2012. URL:  https://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=36597.

Conference Participation

Panel Chair and Commentator, “‘Through a Glass, Darkly’: Film Portrayals of the Cauldron of War,” 86th Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History, Columbus, OH. May 11, 2019.

2018 recipient General and Mrs. Matthew B. Ridgway Military History Research Grant
James W. Garner Scholarship, Mississippi State University, Fall 2015-Spring 2018
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charter
Beta Gamma Sigma

The Society for Military History
The American Historical Association
The Organization of American Historians
CFA Institute (formerly AIMR), and CFA Society Philadelphia (formerly Financial Analysts of Philadelphia)