David Waldstreicher is a historian of early and nineteenth-century America with particular interests in U.S. political and cultural history, slavery and antislavery, and the Atlantic world in the age of revolutions.
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 and co-editor, his books include, most recently, the Library of America edition of The Diaries of John Quincy Adams, 1779-1848 and the documentary history John Quincy Adams and the Politics of Slavery.
Recent essays include:
“Ancients, Moderns and Africans: Phillis Wheatley and the Politics of Empire and Slavery in the American Revolution” Journal of the Early Republic 37 (Winter 2017), 701-33.
[with Michael McDonnell], “Revolution in the Quarterly? An Historiographical Analysis, 1944-2017” William and Mary Quarterly 74 (October 2017), 633-66.
“Minstrelization and Nationhood: ‘Backside Albany,’ Backlash, and the Wartime Origins of Blackface Minstresly” in Nicole Eustace and Fredrika J. Teute eds., Warring for America: Cultural Contests in the Era of 1812 (2017), 29-55.
His reviews and essays have also appeared in The Atlantic and the New York Times Book Review.
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, among others. He is coeditor of the Early American Studies book series of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies and the University of Pennsylvania Press and has served as coeditor of the Journal of the Early Republic. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in American studies from Yale.