David C. Hsiung earned a B.A. from Yale University (1983) and his Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan (1991). He has taught at Juniata College ever since, and now is the Charles and Shirley Knox Professor of History.
David Hsiung teaches the introductory "U.S. History to 1877" survey and the first-year writing course "College Writing Seminar," as well as advanced courses that examine early North America, the American Revolution, North American environmental history, and public history. He also teaches with biologist Dr. Jay Hosler an interdisciplinary colloquium called "Comics and Culture."
David Hsiung received Juniata College's 1995 Junior Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 2007 Beachley Award for Distinguished Teaching. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education named David Hsiung the 2000 Pennsylvania Professor of the Year. The Appalachian Studies Association and the University Press of Kentucky jointly conferred the 1996 Appalachian Studies Award on his book, Two Worlds in the Tennessee Mountains: Exploring the Origins of Appalachian Stereotypes (1997). His article in the New England Quarterly, "Food, Fuel, and the New England Environment in the War for Independence, 1775-1776" (December 2007), won the Forest History Society's 2008 Theodore C. Blegen Award. Most recently, A Mountaineer in Motion: The Memoir of Doctor Abraham Jobe, 1817-1906 - a work David Hsiung edited and annotated - was published by the University of Tennessee Press in 2009. The journal Pennsylvania History published a special issue (Fall 2012) on the environmental history of the Mid-Atlantic region, an issue he co-edited with Allen Dieterich-Ward of Shippensburg University.
When not grading essays, advising students, going to meetings, presenting at conferences, or trying to figure out the computer, David Hsiung tries to stay in shape by hiking, but instead often winds up gorging himself on his wife Rachel's desserts, learning about new music from his son Benjamin, and baking cupcakes with his daughter Rebecca.