Ethan Gonzales

Field & Specialties

Early American Political History
American State & Society
Diplomatic Information Networks
Atlantic World


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

Senior Thesis: "'The General Sentiments of Your Fellow-Citizens': American Neutrality, Citizen Genet, and the Mutability of Public Opinion"


Ethan is a first-year doctoral student interested in eighteenth-century U.S. politics, diplomacy, informaton networks, and the growth of the American state. He is originally from southeast Michigan and served in the US Army as a Sergeant before pursuing an academic career. His advisors are Dr. S. Max Edelson and Dr. Christa Dierksheide.

Current Research

He is currently investigating President Washington and Secretary of State Jefferson's use of the Contingency Fund for Foreign Intercourse. During the 1790s, the national government faciliated the growth of the Fund and the diplomatic service, allowing for the institutionalization of trustworthy American diplomatic information networks in the Atlantic world.