Dr. David W. McFadden has been at Fairfield University since 1990. He initiated and developed Fairfield's Russian and East European Studies Program (established in 1994) and Fairfield's partnerships with Russian State University in the name of Alexander Herzen (St. Petersburg), the St. Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance (St. Petersburg), Pomor State University named after M. Lomonosov (Arkangelsk), Cherepovets State University (Cherepovets), and Immanuel Kant University (Kaliningrad).
Dr. McFadden was a J. William Fulbright Fellow at Herzen University in St. Petersburg (1998), the founder the American Studies Resource Center at Herzen University (1998), and the director of the Fairfield-Northwest Russia Newly Independent States College and University Partnership program (NISCUPP) (2002-2005). He has taken Fairfield University students to Russia on short term study abroad opportunities in 1998, 1999, 2001, and 2004, and has coordinated the Fairfield programs hosting international Freedom Support Act undergraduates from Russia, the Newly Independent States, and Southeastern Europe, and junior scholars under the Junior Faculty Development program of the American Councils of International Education, the NISCUPP program, and the Fulbright Scholar in Residence program since 1999.
He specializes in the history of Russian-American relations and has published and taught widely on Russian history, U.S. Foreign Relations, and Russian-American educational exchange and cross-cultural understanding. He is the author of Economic Conversion: Revitalizing America's Economy (Ballinger, 1984); Alternative Paths: Soviet and Americans, 1917-1920 (Oxford University Press, 1993); and Constructive Spirit: Quakers in Revolutionary Russia (Intentional Productions, 2004), as well as 10 scholarly journal articles and more than 40 reviews. He is currently working on a study of the origins of Soviet-American people-to-people diplomacy in the 1920s. He has developed and taught more than 20 different courses at Fairfield, in the Departments of history, the Russian and East European studies program, the Ignatian Residential College. In the international studies program, he teaches IL 260, "The West and the World: Historical and Cultural Perspectives."