Dr. John Pinheiro, Professor of History

John C. Pinheiro

John C. Pinheiro, Ph.D.
Professor of History and Chair
Director of Catholic Studies
Phone: (616) 632-2835
E-mail: pinhejoh@aquinas.edu



Educational Background
Ph.D., University of Tennessee, 2001
M.A., California State University, Bakersfield, 1994
B.A., California State University, Bakersfield, 1992
Dr. Pinheiro's Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Spring 2014 Courses Past Courses
  • HY101 American History to 1877
  • CA401 Christian View of History (earns HY credit)
  • HY214 Early American Republic
HY101/2: United States
to/from 1877
HY221: East Asia I
HY161/2: World History
to/since 1500
HY230: Modern Latin America
HY211: American Colonies HY310: Revolutionary War
HY212: Federal Union HY401: A Fragile Union,
HY214: Gilded Age and Progressive Era HY401: Liberties and Tyrannies, 1783-1861
GE201: Humanities HY401: American Religious History
  HY401: The American West
About Dr. Pinheiro
Dr. Pinheiro joined the history department in 2004, and in 2008 began directing the Catholic Studies program, which he developed. Prior to joining the Aquinas faculty, he served as assistant editor of the "Presidential Series" of the "Papers of George Washington" at the University of Virginia. Along with his co-editor, Dr. Pinheiro presented volume 12 of the Presidential Series to President Bush in an Oval Office ceremony in April 2005.
Dr. Pinheiro's publications include academic and popular articles on the early American republic. He has also written for the History News Service, lectured for the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies and the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty, and he has appeared on National Public Radio and CSPAN. Dr. Pinheiro is available for speaking engagements on George Washington, the American Founding period, and the history surrounding the Mexican War.
Dr. Pinheiro is the author of the book, "Manifest Ambition: James K. Polk and Civil-Military Relations during the Mexican War." His latest essay, "James K. Polk as a War President," will be published in Joel Silbey, ed., A Companion to the Antebellum Presidents, 1837-1861 (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014). His newest book is, Missionaries of Republicanism: A Religious History of the Mexican-American War (Oxford University Press, 2014).
Dr. Pinheiro's scholarly interests include American views on liberty and order; the Mexican War; and the development of American identity during the early republic. He is the consulting editor on James K. Polk for the American President resource at the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs. His non-scholarly interests include soccer, golf, Tennessee football, imperial stout, opera, and traveling with his wife, Cassandra, and their daughter, Lucia.