Faculty Profile

Christopher Bilodeau

Associate Professor of History (2006)

Contact Information

on sabbatical Spring 2017


Denny Hall Room 302


He focuses his research on the history of American Indian-European interaction during the American colonial period, paying particular attention to the French, English, and Indian interaction. He teaches courses on Colonial America, the American Revolution, American Indian History, and the roles that violence plays in colonial situations.


  • B.A., University of Vermont, 1991
  • M.A., Brown University, 1994
  • M.A., Columbia University, 1998
  • Ph.D., Cornell University, 2006

2016-2017 Academic Year

Fall 2016

HIST 117 American Hist 1607 to 1877
This course covers colonial, revolutionary, and national America through Reconstruction. Include attention to historical interpretation. Multiple sections offered.

HIST 286 New Nation
Reading and research in the political, economic, and social developments of the U.S. during the first generations of official nationhood, from the writing and ratification of the Constitution to the end of the Mexican War.

HIST 311 Violence and Colonialism
This course will place in a comparative perspective the key role of violence in European colonization in the New World. Two geographical locations will be analyzed (North America and South America) and three imperial powers (English, French, and Spanish) between the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries. The goal is not a comprehensive look at the roles of violence in colonialism, but an episodic analysis of the ways in which violence manifests itself in colonial situations across time and space. Topics will include (among others) theories of violence, the origins of colonial violence, the roles of violence in colonizing versus colonized societies, the power and persistence of symbolic violence, and covert and overt resistance to colonial domination.