Ethan Gonzales

PhD Candidate

Office Hours: Wednesdays 11:00-1:00pm, or by appointment, in Nau Hall 296

Field & Specialties

Comprehensive Exam Fields: Early America to 1815; U.S. History, 1815-1877; American State & Society
Early American Politics
American State
Atlantic World


B.A., History with Departmental Honors, Oakland University (April 2020) summa cum laude

Senior Thesis: "'The General Sentiments of Your Fellow-Citizens': American Neutrality, Citizen Genet, and the Mutability of Public Opinion"

M.A., History, University of Virginia (May 2023)

M.A. Thesis: "'The English Papers Bring Their Lies Very Fresh': Thomas Jefferson, Information Warfare, and the Early American State in Europe, 1783-1793"


Ethan is a third-year doctoral candidate interested in early U.S. politics, diplomacy, and the growth of the early American state. He is from southeast Michigan and served in the US Army as a Sergeant before pursuing an academic career.

Awards & Honors

2023-24 Junior Fellow, University of Virginia Society of Fellows

Courses Taught

HIUS 2001: American History to 1865 (Graduate Teaching Assistant under Alan Taylor, Fall 2022).

HIUS 2051: War and the Making of America to 1900 (Graduate Teaching Assistant under Elizabeth Varon, Spring 2023).

HIST 2212: Maps in World History (Graduate Teaching Assistant under S. Max Edelson, Fall 2023).