David Bernstein

David Bernstein is a historian and a photographer. These are separate but intersecting vocations. This website has been designed, in part, to explore these points of intersection.

David received his Ph.D. in American history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the guidance of William Cronon and Ned Blackhawk. His areas of academic interests can be loosely categorized as the American West, Native American, environmental, history of cartography, and the nineteenth-century. He is a visiting professor of history and environmental studies at Denison University and his first monograph, "How the West was Drawn: Mapping, Indians, and the Construction of the Trans-Mississippi West,” is under contract with University of Nebraska Press.

Before receiving his degree, David worked for almost a decade as a printer, editor, and producer for such luminary photographers as Doug Menuez and Elliott Erwitt. While in graduate school, he maintained his own photography business, shooting for clients as diverse as Victoria’s Secret and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

He lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife Inna and three sons, Simon, Isaac, and Avi.

David Bernstein
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