Brand received his PhD from Baylor University. He has a unique background that includes visiting all fifty US states by age 13, living in Egypt and the UK, earning a seminary degree, and a career in tactical intelligence. As his background illustrates, he is committed to interdisciplinary studies and the link between history and civics.
Brand’s research explores how ancient history helps us understand human nature, modern politics, and strategic planning. He is currently under revision with a press for his book that compares the political convictions and battlefield tactics of ancient Israel and the Roman Republic. While continuing his research on ancient citizen armies, he is also in the initial stages of a project that will examine the story of the American citizen soldier through a microhistory of one family across five generations. He teaches courses on ancient history, focusing on the interplay between religion, war, and politics.
Brand believes history and philosophy can greatly enrich life. However, he relies on fiction for the best examples of good living, preferring Jane Austen, John Wayne, Star Trek, and Harry Potter.