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Michael Gonzalez

Graduate Program Director
Associate Professor

Michael Gonzalez, PhD, began teaching at the University of San Diego in 1995.  He currently is director of the History Masters program.


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley; History
M.A., University of California, Berkeley; History
B.A.,Yale University, History


Scholarly and Creative Work

Gonzalez has written widely on the history of Spanish and Mexican California.  His book, This Small City Will Be A Mexican Paradise, Exploring the Origins of Mexican Culture in Los Angeles, 1821-1846 (University of New Mexico Press, 2005), is only one of the many things he has written on the subject. 

Teaching Interests

Gonzalez  teaches Cold War history, modern US history, Chicano/a history, and historical methodology.