- Discipline: History
- Organization: U.S. Military Academy, West Point
Robert M. S. McDonald is associate professor of history at the United States Military Academy. 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. A specialist on Thomas Jefferson and the early American republic, he has published several journal articles and other essays. He is editor of Thomas Jefferson's Military Academy: Founding West Point (2004), Light & Liberty: Thomas Jefferson and the Power of Knowledge (2012), andSons of the Father: George Washington and His Protégés (2013). He is also the author of Confounding Father: Thomas Jefferson's Image in His Own Time (forthcoming in 2014). A Cato Institute adjunct scholar, this is his eleventh year serving as an IHS summer seminar faculty member. He lives in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, with his wife, Christine, and their children Jeff and Grace.