Preston S. McBride

Academic Appointments

Charles Eastman Fellow

Preston McBride (Comanche, unenrolled) is a Ph.D. candidate in the UCLA History Department. His dissertation, "A Lethal Education: Institutionalized Negligence, Epidemiology, and Death in American Indian Boarding Schools, 1879-1934," focuses on Indian student health, conditions, and epidemics in four of the largest institutions. It uses archival evidence to demonstrate that far more children died in the schools than previously known. Preston was born and raised in the New Jersey/Pennsylvania borderlands. He earned his A.B. in Economics and Native American Studies as well as an M.A. in Cultural Studies from Dartmouth College. He then received an M.A. and a C.Phil. in History at UCLA.

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Preston has been awarded fellowships and grants for the medical and digital humanities and American Indian history at UCLA, the School for Advanced Research, and Dartmouth. He has taught students on U.S. History, American Indian History, History of Medicine, and Mass Incarceration, worked on several PBS documentaries and a play at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, co-curated an exhibit on photography, and submitted a joint petition to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances. For the 2019-2021 academic years, Preston returns to Dartmouth as one of the Charles Eastman Fellows in Native American Studies.

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