Dr. Robert McDonald

Professor
robert.mcdonald@westpoint.edu

Biography


Robert M. S. McDonald is Professor of History at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he has taught since 1998. A specialist in the eras of the American Revolution and the Early American Republic, he is a graduate of the University of Virginia, Oxford University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned his Ph.D. He is the author of Confounding Father: Thomas Jefferson’s Image in His Own Time (2016) and editor of Thomas Jefferson’s Lives: Biographers and the Battle for History (2019), The American Revolution: Core Documents (2019), Sons of the Father: George Washington and His Protégés (2013), Light & Liberty: Thomas Jefferson and the Power of Knowledge (2012), and Thomas Jefferson’s Military Academy: Founding West Point (2004). He has published articles in the Journal of the Early Republic, The Historian, and Southern Cultures. A native of Stratford, Connecticut, he lives with his family in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York.

Ongoing Research Projects


Editor (with Peter S. Onuf), “Revolutionary Prophecies: The Founders on America’s Future,”
submitted for peer review.

Editor (with Seanegan P. Sculley), “Interpreting Independence: The Declaration through the
Generations,” manuscript in progress.

Publications & Presentations


Editor, Thomas Jefferson’s Lives: Biographers and the Battle for History. (Charlottesville,
Virginia: University of Virginia Press, 2019).

Editor, The American Revolution: Core Documents (Ashland, Ohio: Ashbrook Press, paperback,
2019.)

Confounding Father: Thomas Jefferson’s Image in His Own Time (Charlottesville, Virginia:
University of Virginia Press, 2016; paperback, 2017).

Editor, Sons of the Father: George Washington and His Protégés (Charlottesville, Virginia:
University of Virginia Press, 2013; paperback, 2015).

Editor, Light & Liberty: Thomas Jefferson and the Power of Knowledge (Charlottesville,
Virginia: University of Virginia Press, 2012).

Editor, Thomas Jefferson’s Military Academy: Founding West Point (Charlottesville,
Virginia: University of Virginia Press, 2004; paperback, 2018).