David L. Preston

Westvaco Professor of National Security Studies

425C Capers Hall

David L. Preston specializes in early American history and Native American history. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from the College of William and Mary, and his B.A. from Mary Washington College. He is the author of The Texture of Contact: European and Indian Settler Communities on the Frontiers of Iroquoia, 1667-1783. He is also the author of articles in New York History and Pennsylvania History, and a contributor to the essay collection Friends and Enemies in Penn's Woods: Indians, Colonists, and the Racial Construction of Pennsylvania, edited by Daniel Richter and William Pencak. His second book project will examine the relationships between the French and Indian War and the American Revolution.

Dr. Preston's teaching interests include colonial North America, the American Revolution, Native American history, American religious history, and frontier/western history. A former historian in the National Park Service, Dr. Preston also maintains an interest in public history and regularly teaches with historic sites, including a special summer travel course on the American Revolution in the Southern Colonies.