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Department of History

Fitzgerald House, Room 101
614 Pioneer Dr.
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-3510
fax: (248) 370-3528

Department of History

Fitzgerald House, Room 101
614 Pioneer Dr.
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-3510
fax: (248) 370-3528

Nicholas DiPucchio

Title: Special Lecturer
Office: 453 Varner Hall
Phone: (248) 370-3516
Fax: (248) 370-3528
Email: dipucchio@oakland.edu

Education:
ABD, Saint Louis University
M.A. in History, Saint Louis University
B.A. in History, Oakland University

Major Fields:
The Early American Republic, Colonial North America, Early-Modern World, Imperialism

Biography:
I am a doctoral candidate at Saint Louis University, studying early U.S. history (the 1770s-1840s). I am fascinated by the history of U.S. territorial expansion, which has been the focus of my publications and dissertation research. My dissertation looks at territories where U.S. policymakers struggled to assert sovereignty over (the Trans-Appalachian West, Pacific Northwest, and Liberia) and failed to acquire (Bermuda, Canada, and Cuba) to challenge the notion of a constant determination by U.S. policymakers to occupy the continent and to uncover the origins of Manifest Destiny.

I enjoy teaching early American history and world history. Both subjects offer great opportunities to explore cross-cultural interactions. I have also taught a course on political scandals in U.S. history.

Publications:

“Conquest for Commerce: American Policymakers, Bermuda, and the War for Independence, 1775-1783,” Early American Studies 18.1 (Winter 2020): 61-89.

"‘Where Rome Failed with Hers’: Fisher Ames, the Classics, and the Louisiana Purchase," The Historian 80.4 (December 2018): 705-720.