David Horst Lehman

PhD Candidate


I am a PhD Candidate in Early U.S. History.  I am interested in local environmental history, Native and settler approaches to farming, and the effects of the Public Land Survey System on the Midwest.  My dissertation looks at Potawatomi communities' land use practices and how those practices shaped both local ecologies and settler-initiated removal conflicts.

Research Interests

  • American Indian Studies
  • Early U.S. History
  • Environmental History and Human Geography
  • Local and Midwestern History
  • Global History


  • B.A. History & Interdisciplinary Studies - Goshen College