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Nicholas Aieta, Ph.D.

Nicholas J. Aieta, Ph.D.                    Professor                          
History Education Program Coordinator
Graduate Program Coordinator
Office: Bates Hall 104                       Phone: 413-572-8977
Email: naieta@westfield.ma.edu
Joined Westfield State University in 2008

Education:
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