Robert M.S. McDonald

Robert M.S. McDonald

Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty
Ashbrook Center
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Robert M.S. McDonald is Associate Professor of History at the United States Military Academy. He received his B.A. from the University of Virginia, his M.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his M.St. from Oxford, and his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

He has published several journal articles and essays and is editor of Thomas Jefferson’s Military Academy: Founding West Point (University of Virginia Press, 2004), Light & Liberty: Thomas Jefferson and the Power of Knowledge (University of Virginia Press, 2012), and Sons of the Father: George Washington and His Protégés (University of Virginia Press, 2013). He is author of Confounding Father: Thomas Jefferson's Image in His Own Time (University of Virginia Press, 2016).

Research Areas

Thomas Jefferson
Revolutionary and Early National U.S.
History and Memory


Ph.D. University of North Carolina
M.A. University of North Carolina
M.St. Oxford University
B.A. University of Virginia

Courses Taught

AHG 501 - The American Revolution
AHG 604 - The Early Republic



Students planning to graduate in Summer 2016 should register for graduation with the AU Registrar by May 1st.  Complete details are available at the Registrar's website.


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