Welcome to my professional page. I’m Stephen McDonald. I am, in no order of consequence: a writer, a photographer, an explorer, an Americanist cultural and historical scholar, a Progressive Christian, a history and social studies teacher at an independent Waldorf high school, and a devoted father a much beloved daughter. (Maybe the best for last!)
This page will include my thoughts, queries, musings and links to my writing. I also hope to include links to historical sites and places of significance that I visit to share them with you. Additional plans not limited to this page include educational videos and podcasts.
I studied at the University of Vermont but finished my undergraduate degree with a BA in American Studies from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Presently, I am a graduate student finishing my Master of Arts in American Studies from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Next, I will begin another Master of Arts degree in Teaching Social Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Presently, I am writing my thesis exploring tribal identity and sovereignty of northeastern Native American tribes, focusing on the Ramapough Lunaape Nation.
My research interests include: Hudson Valley and New England history, American literature, American art, American music, social history, immigration and the peopling of America, slave narratives, immigrant narratives, social inequality, environmentalism, education, American social thought, progressive theology, and religion in American life.
Additional interests include psychology, economics, health care, science and technology, homesteading, country living, farming and sustainable agriculture. I like to sail. I make candles and dabble in woodworking. And I’m pretty good cook. I learned and continue to play three instruments: the guitar, the violin, and the saxophone. And I am fascinated by genealogical research and family history.
New Jersey is where I was born. Pennsylvania is where I was raised. New York and Connecticut are where I live. Maine is where my heart lies.
After life transforming experience and finding renewed solace in my Christian faith, I am open to motivational speaking.
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Thank you. And Enjoy!