Staff Biographies

Battlefields of King Philip’s War

Project Director

Kevin McBride, Ph. D., Director of Research at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut, and Project Director for Battlefields of King Philip’s War. Dr. McBride specializes in Colonial & Native American Archaeology in the Northeast, author of several articles and book chapters and lead author of all National Park Service American Battlefield Protection Program research projects.


Ashley Bissonnette, Ph.D., Senior Researcher. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut, master’s degree in Public Health from Southern Connecticut State University and completed her Ph.D. at Salve Regina University. Her research with Battlefields of King Philip’s War includes the literary analysis and historiography, Colonial Trauma, as well as King Philip’s War soldier identification.

David Naumec, Senior Military Historian & Archaeologist. David completed a B.A. from University of Connecticut in Public History, a Master’s Degree in History & Museum studies from Tufts University and is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. He specializes in Connecticut history and early American history. David currently assists with historical research, the interpretation of battlefield events, material culture research and archaeological excavations.