Michelle Craig McDonald is Associate Professor of Atlantic History and Program Coordinator at Richard Stockton College, where she offers courses on early North American, Atlantic World, and public history. She is the co-author of Public Drinking in the Early Modern World: Voices from the Tavern, with David Hancock, part of a multi-volume series on tavern culture in the early modern world published by Pickering and Chatto, and is completing Caffeine Dependence: Coffee and Commerce in Early America, with the University of Pennsylvania Press. Additional work has appeared in the Oxford Handbook on the History of Consumption, the Oxford Online Bibliography Project, William and Mary Quarterly, Harvard Business School Case Series, Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, and Common-place: The Interactive Journal of Early American Life.
She sits in the Executive Committee as Secretary-Treasurer of the Association of Caribbean Historians (2010-2016), the Advisory Council of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies (2011-present), and was on the Advisory Board of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (2010-2013). She is also the Vice President of the Richard Stockton College Faculty Senate, and is a Faculty Administrative Fellow in the college Provost Office.
McDonald was born and raised in southern California. She received her B.A. in history from UCLA (1990) and M.A. in Museum Studies and American Studies from George Washington University (1993). For the next five years she worked in museum education and programming, and completed an M.A. in liberal arts from St. John’s College, Annapolis (1995), before enrolling in the Ph.D. program at the University of Michigan (completed 2005). She held the Harvard-Newcomen Postdoctoral Fellowship in Business History at the Harvard Business School before moving to her current position, and lives with her husband Roderick A. McDonald in Philadelphia.