Dr. Ashley SousaDr. Ashley Sousa

Assistant Professor

E-mail: ashley.rileysousa@mtsu.edu
Phone: (615) 898-5805
Office Location and Mailing Address: Peck Hall, 284
MTSU Box 23
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

FIELDS: Native American, U.S. West, Ethnohistory

BIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT: 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.


  • History 2010: History of the United States to 1877
  • History 4690: Native American History

"'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.

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

Ph.D., Yale University, 2013
Graduate Work at Portland State University, 1999-2001
B.A., University of California, Davis, 1997

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