Christine DeLucia

Associate Professor of History, on leave 2018-19
Early American history, Native American/indigenous studies, colonial societies, history and memory, and environmental history

Christine DeLucia specializes in indigenous and colonial histories of North America, particularly in the Northeast/New England. Her current research is on the conflict known as King Philip's War (1675-1678), which violently transformed Algonquian and Euro-American settler communities in the late seventeenth century. This war—one of the formative events of early America—did more than momentarily disrupt these societies. It dramatically altered the balance of power in the Northeast, and shaped how subsequent generations have understood themselves, their entangled histories, and their presence on lands that remain disputed. As DeLucia’s work shows, memories of this war and related violences continue to inflect discourses about sovereignty, dispossession, decolonization, and regeneration.

DeLucia approaches early American and indigenous histories in an interdisciplinary manner.  Besides working extensively in regional and local archives, she also draws upon material and visual culture—such as paintings, household objects, and family heirlooms—archaeological sources, ethnography and oral history, and the land itself. Her goal is to bring into the historical conversation voices, perspectives, and narratives that have tended to be overlooked or marginalized by dominant conceptions of the past, and to stress the dynamic, contested character of history-making.

DeLucia has published articles in The Journal of American History;Studies in American Indian LiteraturesRe-thinking History: The Journal of Theory and Practice; and Common-place. Her first book,The Memory Frontier: Memorializing King Philip's War in the Native Northeast is under contract with Yale University Press.

Her research has received support from the John Carter Brown Library, American Antiquarian Society, Massachusetts Historical Society, New England Regional Fellowship Consortium, and Phillips Fund for Native American Research from the American Philosophical Society. Other sources of grants and awards include the Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies, the Council on Library and Information Resources/Mellon Foundation, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition.

At Mount Holyoke, DeLucia teaches The American Peoples to 1865; Native American History; Violence in Early North America; Homelands and New Worlds; Cartography and Exploration in North America; and The Atlantic World.