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


Christian Gonzales

  • Assistant Professor
  • Tucker House, Rm 201
  • Phone: 401.874.5642
  • Email:


I joined the Department of History in the fall of 2016. I received my Ph.D. in Early American and Native American history from the University of California, San Diego. After leaving UC San Diego, I became the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Native American Studies at Wesleyan University, and prior to arriving at URI, I was Assistant Professor of History at the City University of New York, LaGuardia Community College. My forthcoming book, Architects of Empire, explores the development of modern Indigenous identities within the settler-colonial context of the early United States. I am also an avid martial artist, cyclist, and gardener.


Native American history, Native/Anglo/African-American race relations in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, particularly Native relations with Anglo religious reformers and black slaves; Native cultural histories, American Empire, and Early American slave systems.


Ph.D., History, University of California, San Diego, 2010.

M.A., History, University of California, San Diego, 2003.

B.A., Cultural Anthropology and Classical Archaeology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1995.



Architects of Empire: Imperialism and the making of modern Indigeneity, 1763-1859.  Under Review with the University of North Carolina Press


‘Their Souls are Equally Precious’: Edward Harvey Davis, Benevolence,   Racial Logic, and the Colonization of Indigeneity,” Journal of San Diego History vol 60, number 3, summer 2014.

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