David Corlett is the assistant director of the National Institute of American History and Democracy. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Gonzaga University (1994) and a master’s degree (2000) and doctorate in history (2011) from the College of William and Mary. Between his undergraduate and graduate work, he served as an officer in the United States Army, deploying several times including to the Republic of Haiti in 1995. His major areas of teaching include colonial and antebellum history as experienced through museums and historic sites, as well as early American and United States military history. His research focuses on colonial New England and the influence of early wars between Native Americans and English colonists on community and culture.