David Waldstreicher is a historian of early and nineteenth-century America with particular interests in political history, cultural history, slavery and antislavery, and print culture.
He is author of Slavery's Constitution: From Revolution to Ratification, Runaway America: Benjamin Franklin, Slavery and the American Revolution, In the Midst of Perpetual Fetes: The Making of American Nationalism, 1776-1820 (1997). As editor, his books include Revolutions and Reconstructions: Black Politics in the Long Nineteenth Century, The Diaries of John Quincy Adams, Beyond the Founders: New Approaches to the Political History of the Early American Republic, The Struggle Against Slavery: A History in Documents (2001). His scholarly articles and books have won prizes from the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, the, Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and the American Jewish Historical Society. He has also written for the Boston Review, Atlantic.com 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; the American Philosophical Society; and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, among others.
Before coming to the Graduate Center, he taught at Temple University, University of Notre Dame, Yale University and Bennington College. Waldstreicher is currently writing a biography, The Odyssey of Phillis Wheatley, under contract to Farrar, Straus and Giroux.