David Schuyler is Arthur and Katherine Shadek Professor of the Humanities and American Studies at Franklin & Marshall College, where he has taught since 1979. A native of Newburgh, New York, Schuyler received the Ph. D. in history from Columbia University, where his dissertation was awarded the Richard B. Morris Prize.

Professor Schuyler is author of Embattled River: The Hudson and Modern American Environmentalism (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2018), Sanctified Landscape: Writers, Artists, and the Hudson River Valley, 1820-1909 (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2012),  A City Transformed: Redevelopment, Race, and Suburbanization in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 1940-1980 (University Park: Penn State University Press, 2002), Apostle of Taste: Andrew Jackson Downing 1815-1852 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996; new ed., University of Massachusetts Press for the Library of American Landscape History, 2015) and The New Urban Landscape: The Redefinition of City Form in Nineteenth-Century America (Johns Hopkins, 1986), co-editor of From Garden City to Green City: The Legacy of Ebenezer Howard (Johns Hopkins, 2002), and co-editor of four volumes of The Frederick Law Olmsted Papers, the most recent of which is The Last Great Projects, 1890-1895 (Johns Hopkins, 2015), as well as more than thirty articles in books and professional journals.

Schuyler was for twelve years Associate Editor of the Journal of Planning History and is now a member of its editorial board.  He ialso a member of the editorial board of the Hudson River Valley Review and chair of the editorial board of the Frederick Law Olmsted Papers publication project. He was an editor of the award-winning Creating the North American Landscape series at The Johns Hopkins University Press, has served as chair of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Board, and is a member the National Advisory Committee of Olana, the Frederic E. Church house and grounds, which is a New York State historic site.  Schuyler is a past president of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History and a trustee of the New York Academy of History. He is a commissioner of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

Schuyler is recipient of the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for distinguished teaching (1994), the Bradley R. Dewey Award for scholarship at Franklin & Marshall (2003), the Lawrence C. Gerckens Award of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History for distinguished teaching (2003), the Dixon Ryan Fox Prize of the New York State Historical Association (2011), the Ruth Emery Award of the Victorian Society in America for the best book in American regional history (2013), and the New York Academy of History's Governor Herbert H. Lehman Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in New York History (2014). Schuyler received the Olana Partnership's prestigeous Frederic Church Award for "outstanding contributions to American culture" in October 2018.


Electronic Course Materials 

Spring 2017

AMS 100 - Introduction to American Studies

AMS 300 - The Urban Experience

Additional Courses

AMS/ENV 280 - American Landscape

AMS/ENV 401 - From Wilderness to Environmentalism

AMS 489 - Senior Seminar

FND 174 - Rivers and Regions

In the News 

Story 7/11/2018

‘Embattled River,’ Schuyler’s Latest Book on the Hudson...

In his latest book, F&M's David Schuyler examines the ongoing fight of more than half a century to protect and preserve the river's environment and the spectacularly scenic landscape that evokes the...

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Story 7/13/2015

AMS Students Meet Governor, Mayor

On April 3, 2015, students from the "Frederick Law Olmsted's America" seminar enjoyed dinner with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray at Professor David Schuyler's home.

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Story 5/22/2015

Team Olmsted

More than a century after his death, Frederick Law Olmsted ignites passion in an F&M professor and a team of student researchers 

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Story 8/18/2014

Schuyler’s ‘Sanctified Landscape’ Earns Herbert H. Lehman...

For 35 years, Professor David Schuyler has challenged his students at Franklin & Marshall to view the subjects of culture and history from multiple perspectives. He takes that same approach as...

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Story 7/18/2014

Prize-Winning Scholar Reflects on Writing and Teaching About...

Franklin & Marshall Professor David Schuyler, recipient of the Herbert H. Lehman Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in New York, discusses the Hudson Valley's significance to the United States,...

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Story 8/14/2013

F&M Exhibition Offers Rare View of Hudson River School...

In autumn 1825, an unknown artist went into the Catskill Mountains and two months later emerged in New York City with paintings that launched an American art movement. Selected masterworks of...

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Story 11/9/2012

Professors Reflect on 225 Years of F&M History in Common...

David Schuyler, the Arthur and Katherine Shadek Professor of Humanities and American Studies, and fellow historian David Stameshkin, retired F&M associate dean and prefect emeritus of Bonchek...

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Story 10/17/2012

F&M Students Delve into Rich Past of Iconic Landscape...

Jeff Schlossberg '14 and Jill Schwartz '13 contribute to The Frederick Law Olmsted Papers Project, helping to tell the story of America's original landscape architect.

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