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Preston S. McBride

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Email    pmcbride@ucla.edu
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Preston McBride (Unenrolled Comanche/Italian/Irish) is a 5th year Ph.D. candidate in the UCLA History Department. His dissertation focuses on American Indian Boarding Schools. He is particularly interested in American Indian health. 

Fields of Study

18th-20th Century U.S. & American Indian History
American Indian Off-reservation Boarding Schools
American Indian Health


Dissertation: A Lethal Education: Institutionalized Negligence, Epidemiology, and Death in United States Off-Reservation American Indian Boarding Schools, 1879-1934


Review of Andrew Woolford, This Benevolent Experiment: Indigenous Boarding Schools, Genocide, and Redress in Canada and the United States (2015), in Ethnohistory 64:3 (July 2017): 439-441
Review of Diana Meyers Bahr, The Students of Sherman Indian School: Education and Native Identity since 1892 (2014), in American Indian Culture and Research Journal 39:2 (2015): 163-165
"Voices from the Field: A Collection of Personal Experiences and Advice to Graduate Students" UCLA Historical Journal 27:1 (2016), 20-23.
"Eugenics and Sterilization in America" The Journal 1:1 (November 2012 [Formerly MALS Quarterly, The Dartmouth Master's of the Arts in Liberal Studies Journal]), 69-84.

Grants and Awards

2018 Mellon-EPIC Fellow, Medical Humanities, Seminar in Teaching Excellence
2018 Digital Research Start-Up Partnerships (DResSUP), UCLA Library
2016 Institute for American Cultures Research Grant
2016 Summer Award, Charles Redd Center for Western Studies
2015 Institute for American Cultures Research Grant
2015 Immigration and Ethnic History Society/Organization of American Historians John Higham Travel Grant
2015 UCLA Graduate Research Mentorship Award
2014 UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Award
2014 Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, Honorable Mention
2013-2018 UCLA Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship

Conference Presentations

“From Career Diversity to Career Crafting: Western Historians in Training, Practice, and Public,” Western History Association (San Diego, California), November 3, 2017;
“From Taken “without consent’ to ‘running away from disease’: Migration to and from American Indian Off-Reservation Boarding Schools, 1879-1934,” American Society for Ethnohistory (Winnipeg, Manitoba), October 12, 2017;
“Indigenous Survival in Education,” Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (University of Hawaii, Manoa, Hawai’i), May 18, 2016
"Institutionalized Negligence: The Mechanics of Disease and Death at California's Sherman Institute," 1892-1930, Western History Association Annual Conference (Portland, Oregon), October 21-24, 2015;
"We were always sick': Indian Health at Sherman Institute and Carlisle Indian Industrial School, 1879-1929," Organization of American Historians (St. Louis, Missouri), April 18, 2015;
"New Directions in the Study of Unfree American Indian Labor: Geography, Law, and Methodology," 129th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association (New York, New York), January 4, 2015;
"A Concentration Camp for Children: Conditions, Health, and Mortality at Pennsylvania's Carlisle Indian School, 1879-1918," 10th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Genocide Scholars (University of Siena, Siena, Italy), June 21, 2013;
"Appraising Carlisle Indian Industrial School: Conditions, Student Health, and Mortality, 1879-1918," Carlisle, PA: Site of Indigenous Histories, Memories and Reclamations Symposium (Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania), October 6, 2013;
"Appraising Carlisle Indian Industrial School: Conditions, Student Health, and Mortality, 1879-1918," Colonial Genocide and Indigenous North America Workshop (University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada), September 21, 2012"


Benjamin Madley


Resident Scholar, Autry National Center Institute for the Study of the American West, Undisciplined Research Project

Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition

Vision Maker Media

"Off the Rails" Oregon Shakespeare Festival


A.B. in Economics, Dartmouth College 2011; M.A. in Liberal Studies, Dartmouth College 2013; M.A. in History, UCLA, 2016; C.Phil in History, UCLA, 2016