David Buchanan is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his BA in English and Economics from Fordham University in 2015 (summa cum laude) and his MA in English from Penn in 2018. His dissertation, "Global Domesticities: The Family Drama and the Capitalist World-Economy," reassesses canonical works of domestic drama by Arthur Miller, August Wilson, Caryl Churchill, and others to reveal how imperialism and capitalist exploitation undergird domesticity and the everyday conventions of family life. He has published on Caribbean literature and its representations of the economic austerity programs imposed by the International Monetary Fund, and his other research interests include global Anglophone literature, theatre and performance studies, world-systems analysis, postcolonial theory, and political economic issues including development, globalization, and neoliberalism.
In 2022, David received the SAS Dissertation Completion Fellowship. From 2018 to 2021, David co-coordinated the Latitudes graduate working group. He also served as Treasurer for the Graduate English Association (2019-2020) and SASgov (School of Arts and Sciences Government) representative for the English Department (2018-2019). As a freelance journalist, David has interviewed three finalists and one winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.