The 11th Director of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association

In 2013, Dr. Doug Bradburn arrived at George Washington’s Mount Vernon to serve as the Founding Director for the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, which serves as a center for scholarly research, educational outreach, and leadership development. A noted scholar and expert in early American history, he is the author and editor of three books and numerous articles and book chapters focusing on the American founding, leadership, and the history of American citizenship.

Since the opening of the Library in September 2013, Bradburn has transformed Mount Vernon’s approach to deliver on its education mission.  Under his leadership, Mount Vernon has expanded its programming to reach thousands of educators, researchers, and history-loving members of the public across the country.  He has overseen the development of an innovative research fellowship program and guided the creation of award-winning digital educational products that are enjoyed by classroom teachers throughout the nation.  He has also spearheaded the establishment of a unique leadership development program that has been recognized as one of the best in the country by  

Bradburn plays a leadership role in many leading academic organizations. He serves as Series Editor of “Early American Histories” at the University of Virginia Press. He serves on the Board of the University of Virginia Press and the George Washington Prize. He holds positions on the Editorial Board of the Washington Papers and on the Advisory Board of the McNeil Center for Early American History and Culture. He is a juror for the Grateful American Book Prize. 

Born in Wisconsin and raised in Virginia, Bradburn holds a B.A. in History and a B.S. in Economics from the University of Virginia and a PhD in History from the University of Chicago.  Before coming to Mount Vernon, Bradburn served as a professor of history and director of graduate studies at the State University of New York- Binghamton University.  He left as chair of the history faculty. He received the SUNY Chancellor’s award for excellence in teaching in 2010.  Bradburn earned his PhD in history from the University of Chicago and his B.A. in history and economics from the University of Virginia.  He and his wife, Nadene, have two children, Charles, 14, and Samuel, 12.

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