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David Burel graduated in May of 2017 from Auburn University with a PhD in History concentrating in the History of Technology. His dissertation, From Rolling Bungalows to Mobile Mansions: The Origins of America’s Obsession with the Recreational Vehicle, explored the origins of the recreational vehicle in American culture and the role of enthusiasts in creating, adapting, and popularizing the technology. He also has completed an MA in History from the University of Central Florida. His thesis, The Comradeship of the Open Road: The Identity and Influence of the Tin Can Tourists of the World on Automobility, Florida, and National Tourism, highlighted the significance of the “Tin Can Tourists of the World” as the first recreational vehicle organization in America. He also has a BA in History and a BS in Legal Studies from the University of Central Florida.
His research interests include automobility and technological enthusiasm, as well as the intersection of technology and tourism. He is continuing his research into recreational vehicles for a future book project by examining both the industry and enthusiast groups as a part of a wider study of their role in American culture. He also has teaching interests in World History, the History of Technology, and American History.
He has previously been involved in both departmental and campus wide leadership. He served as a GTA co-Captain for the 2015-2016 school year. He represented this history department for the Graduate Student Council from 2013-2016. He also served as the Senator for Auburn’s Graduate School in the Student Government Association during the 2014-2015 school year. He also teaches World History sections for Auburn University, AU Global, and periodically at Auburn University Montgomery.
Last Updated: May 31, 2017