Ethan Gonzales

PhD Candidate

Office Hours: Nau Hall 396

Field & Specialties

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


M.A., History, University of Virginia (Aug. 2021-May 2023)

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


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


"Espionage in the American Revolution," Encyclopedia Virginia (forthcoming late 2024).

Current Research

(Dissertation in progress): "The Visible State: U.S. Diplomatic Agents and Information in Europe and the Federal Territories, 1789-1800"

Awards & Honors

Batten and First Union Domestic Fellow, International Center for Jefferson Studies, 2024-25

Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, Massachusetts Historical Society, 2024-25

Albert Gallatin Graduate Research Fellow, UVA, 2024-25

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

Courses Taught

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

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

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