Nicholas Aieta
Department Chair


Joined Westfield State University in 2008

Ph.D., History, with Geography Minor, University of Nebraska (2007)
M.A., History, University of Connecticut (1993)
B.A., History, College of the Holy Cross (1992)

Courses Taught:
HIST120: The History/Social Studies Teacher 
HIST131: U. S. History to 1865
HIST132: U. S. History Since 1865
HIST251: American Colonial History, 1400-1763  
HIST255: Jacksonian America, 1815-1848  
HIST270: Topics in US History (Including American Popular Culture and American Religious History)
HIST272: The American West
HIST332: Methods of Teaching History
HIST352: The American Revolutionary Era and the Early Republic, 1763-1815  
HIST362: Native American History  
HIST600: Readings: America, 1600-1815 (Graduate)
HIST605: Readings: America, 1815-1914 (Graduate)
HIST625: Research: United States before 1815 (Graduate)
HIST630: Research: United States 1815-1914 (Graduate)

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

Selected Scholarship/Professional Activities:

  • 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, June 2017.
  • Professional development program workshop co-leader for the social studies department at Gateway Public School District, 2015-2017.
  • Humanities Department Advisory Board Member, Lasell College, 2014-Present.
  • Journal of American Ethnic History, Book Review of Linda M. Clemmons, Conflicted Mission: Faith, Disputes, and Deception on the Dakota Frontier, February 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, February 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, Winter 2016.
  • 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, 2015.
  • 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, Winter 2014.