Department of History

Washburn Hall, 80 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881

401.874.2528 (p); 401.874.2595 (f)

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Fall 2017 Deadlines


Sept. 12 - End of Open Add period

Sept. 19 - End of Permission Number Add Period

Sept. 19 - Last day to add Pass/Fail Option

Sept. 27 - Last day to drop class with no W designation

Oct. 1 - May 2018 graduation applications due

Oct. 18 - Last day to drop classes

Oct. 20 - Last day to change from Pass/Fail Option

Dec. 11 - Last day of classes


Catherine DeCesare

  • History Lecturer, Coordinator and Academic Advisor
  • Washburn Hall, Rm 122
  • Phone: 401.277.5240
  • Email:


A native of Rhode Island, Catherine DeCesare received her B.A. and Ph.D. from Providence College, and her M.A. from Fordham University. She enjoys teaching U.S. history and especially U.S. women’s history. Other areas of interest include early American history, legal history, urban history, and Rhode Island history. She currently serves as history coordinator and academic advisor for the Feinstein Providence Campus, positions she has held since 2008. She is the recipient of the 2012 Gilbert Mongeau Award for Outstanding Service to the URI Feinstein College of Continuing Education, and in 2013 she received the Outstanding Faculty Award at the URI Feinstein Providence Campus.


Ph.D. in U.S. History, Providence College, 2000

M.A. in U.S History, Fordham University, 1987

B.A. in History, Providence College, 1985


  • DeCesare, Catherine. Daniel Updike: General Attorney of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, 1722-1732 & 1743-1757. Wickford, Rhode Island: Publications Committee of the Cocumscussoc Association at Smith’s Castle with Support from the Rhode Island Foundation’s Rhode Island Supreme Court Historical Society Fund, June 2013.
  • DeCesare, Catherine. Daniel Updike: Documentary Evidence Project. The Cocumscusoc Association, Wickford, Rhode Island, 2012.
  • DeCesare, Catherine Osborne, “Women and the Legal Culture of Colonial Rhode Island” in Patrick T. Conley, J.D., Ph.D., ed., Liberty and Justice: A History of Law and Lawyers in Rhode Island, 1636 –1998. Rhode Island: Rhode Island Publications Society, 1998.


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