Dr. Ashley Riley Sousa

Assistant Professor

Dr. Ashley Riley Sousa
615-898-5805
Room 284, Peck Hall (PH)
MTSU Box 23, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., Yale University (2013)
  • M.A., Yale University (2003)
  • B.A., University of California, Davis (1997)

Biography

Dr. Sousa was born and raised in the California Delta and has a deep emotional and intellectual attachment to its histories and peoples. Her research explores the Native communities and economic networks that made possible the Spanish, Mexican, and American exploration and colonization of California's Central Valley and Delta. She is most interested in the ways Native people and newcomers have coexisted and cooperated and the persistence of Native economic, political, and cultural structures ...

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Dr. Sousa was born and raised in the California Delta and has a deep emotional and intellectual attachment to its histories and peoples. Her research explores the Native communities and economic networks that made possible the Spanish, Mexican, and American exploration and colonization of California's Central Valley and Delta. She is most interested in the ways Native people and newcomers have coexisted and cooperated and the persistence of Native economic, political, and cultural structures and traditions in colonial settings. When she is not in the classroom or at her computer, she enjoys bad television, trashy novels, and mint chip ice cream.

Selected Publications
"'They Will Be Hunted Down Like Wild Beasts and Destroyed!': A Comparative Study of Genocide in California and Tasmania." Journal of Genocide Research 6, no. 2 (2004): 193-209.

Selected Awards
Phillips Fund for Native American Research Grant, American Philosophical Society, 2008
Huntington Fellowship, Huntington Library, 2005
Beinecke Summer Fellowship, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 2004

Undergraduate Courses Taught
History 2010: History of the United States to 1877
History 4690: Native American History
History 4140: the United States West
History 3020: North American Borderlands

Graduate Courses Taught
History 6104/7104: Readings in Native American History

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