Nicholas Aieta, Ph.D.

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Nicholas J. Aieta, Ph.D.                    Professor and Chair                         
History Education Program Coordinator
Graduate Program Coordinator
Office: Bates Hall 104                       Phone: 413-572-8977
Joined Westfield State University in 2008

PhD, History, with Geography Minor, University of Nebraska, 2007
MA, History, University of Connecticut, 1993
BA, History, College of the Holy Cross, 1992

Areas of Interest:
Native American history, American West, American Colonial History, Revolutionary America, The Early Republic, Jacksonian America, American Popular Culture, American Religious History, Pedagogy of History instruction

Courses Taught:
HIST 0120 – The History/Social Studies Teacher 
HIST 0121 – The Historian  
HIST 0131 – U. S. History to 1865
HIST 0132 – U. S. History Since 1865
HIST 0251 – American Colonial History, 1400-1763  
HIST 0255 – Jacksonian America, 1815-1848  
HIST 0270 – Topics in US History (Including American Popular Culture and American Religious History)
HIST 0272 – The American West
HIST 0332 – Methods of Teaching History
HIST 0352 – The American Revolutionary Era and the Early Republic, 1763-1815  
HIST 0362 – Native American History  
HIST 0600 – Readings: America, 1600-1815
HIST 0605 – Readings: America, 1815-1914
HIST 0625 – Research: United States before 1815
HIST 0630 – Research: United States 1815-1914

Research Interests:
Current research projects focus on visual representation of Native Americans in print ephemera and missionaries in Native American communities

Selected Scholarship/Professional Activities:

  • June 2017      National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, “On Native Grounds: Studies of Native American Histories and the Land,” at the Library of Congress 
  • June 2017      Historical Journal of Massachusetts, Book Review of Cornelia Dayton and Sharon Salinger, Robert Love’s Warnings Searching for Strangers in Colonial Boston
  • 2015-2017      Professional development program workshop co-leader for the social studies department at Gateway Public School District
  • 2014-present Humanities Department Advisory Board Member, Lasell College
  • Fall 2016        Journal of American Ethnic History, Book Review of Linda M. Clemmons, Conflicted Mission: Faith, Disputes, and Deception on the Dakota Frontier
  • Feb. 2016      History: Reviews of New Books, Book Review of Paul Escott Lincoln’s Dilemma: Blair, Sumner, and the Republican Struggle over Racism and Equality in the Civil War Era
  • Winter 2016  Currents in Teaching and Learning, Book Review of Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers’ Five Big Ideas for Effective Teaching: Connecting Mind, Brain, and Education Research to Classroom Practice
  • 2015              Reviewer for Oxford University Press project The American Indian Experience from Prehistory to the Present, by Donald Fixico
  • 2015              Reviewer for University of Wisconsin Press project Understanding and Teaching American Slavery edited by Bethany Jay and Cynthia Lynn Lyerly
  • 2015              External Program reviewer, History/Political Science Department, Worcester State University
  • Winter 2014  Historical Journal of Massachusetts, Book Review of Benjamin L. Carp, Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party & the Making of America and Rebels Rising: Cities and the American Revolution