Dr. Horn, a leading expert on early American history, was formerly Vice President of Research and Historical Interpretation and the O’Neill Director of the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. In that capacity, he oversaw the management of programs and operations at Historic Jamestowne for five years under an agreement between Preservation Virginia and Colonial Williamsburg.
Dr. Horn has a D.Phil. from the University of Sussex, England, and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He has held fellowships at the Johns Hopkins University, the College of William and Mary, and the Warren Center at Harvard University. Prior to joining the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in 2002, he taught history at the University of Brighton for 20 years, was visiting editor of publications at the Williamsburg-based Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, and was the Saunders Director of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at The Thomas Jefferson Foundation. He is the author and editor of six books, most recently the best-selling A Land As God Made It: Jamestown and the Birth of America and A Kingdom Strange: The Brief and Tragic History of the Lost Colony of Roanoke. He is currently working on two books: 1619 and the Origins of Modern America and a study of the Indian warrior chief, Opechancanough, brother of Powhatan and the principal leader of resistance to European settlement in Virginia for more than 70 years.