David Waldstreicher is a historian of early and nineteenth-century America, with interests spanning political history, cultural history, slavery and antislavery, and print culture. He comes to the Graduate Center from Temple University, where he was a professor of history and coeditor of the Journal of the Early Republic. He previously taught at Bennington College, Yale University, and the University of Notre Dame.
Waldstreicher is author of Slavery's Constitution: From Revolution to Ratification (2009); Runaway America: Benjamin Franklin, Slavery and the American Revolution (2004); and In the Midst of Perpetual Fetes: The Making of American Nationalism, 1776-1820 (1997). As editor, his books include A Companion to John Adams and John Quincy Adams (2013), A Companion to Benjamin Franklin (2011), and The Struggle Against Slavery: A History in Documents (2001). He has contributed recent articles to American Political Thought, Rutgers Law Journal, William and Mary Quarterly, and Early American Studies and has written numerous chapters in edited volumes. He is on the editorial board of Reviews in American History and is coeditor of the Early American Studies book series at the University of Pennsylvania Press.
Waldstreicher is an elected member of the American Antiquarian Society and the recipient of awards and fellowships from the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, New York Public Library; the American Philosophical Society; and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, among others. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in American studies from Yale.