Buchanan, Robert


Robert Buchanan
BA, Comparative Literature, Princeton University
Assistant Professor of Writing, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

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Areas of Expertise:
Environmental history and restoration of New York Harbor; coastal development, public access and local and national land-use policy; waterfront park design and recreational policy
Robert Buchanan is a longtime magazine feature writer with an interest in travel, adventure, and alternative sports. He started at Sports Illustrated in 1981 and went on to write for Rolling Stone, Details, and other magazines. He is now a contributing editor at Outside and a regular contributor at Men’s Journal. Mr. Buchanan writes often on sailing, climbing and mountaineering, environmental politics, and the effects of tourism and development. At Lang, he teaches a number of journalism and writing courses, serves as faculty advisor for the New School Free Press, and helps run Lang Outdoors, a series of hands-on courses designed to get students off the campus and into the urban
Courses Taught:
  • The New School Free Press (student newspaper)
  • Introductory Journalism: The City and the Natural World (local and environmental topics)
  • Reading for Writers: Journalism: Wilderness and the American Mind (American nature writing and the birth of the conservation movement)
  • Lang on the Hudson (boat-building, rowing, and the history and politics of New York Harbor)
Recent Publications:

“Obsessed with Everest,” Men’s Journal (June 2006)

“Paradise Pretty Soon: Canoeing Gabon’s Djidji River,” Outside (January 2007)

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