Ethan Gonzales

Field & Specialties

Early American Political History
American State & Society
Diplomatic Information Networks
Atlantic World


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

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


Ethan is a second-year doctoral student interested in eighteenth-century U.S. politics, diplomacy, informaton networks, and the growth of the American state. He is originally from southeast Michigan and served in the US Army as a Sergeant before pursuing an academic career. His advisors are Dr. S. Max Edelson and Dr. Christa Dierksheide.

Current Research

He is currently investigating President Washington and Secretary of State Jefferson's use of the Contingency Fund for Foreign Intercourse. During the 1790s, the U.S. government faciliated the growth of the Fund and the overseas diplomatic service. Through such diplomats, the U.S. established trustworthy information nodes and networks -- and projected early American state power -- in the Atlantic world.