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Professor of History, Director of Catholic Studies, Director of General Education
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Dr. Pinheiro joined the Aquinas history department in 2004.  He teaches a variety of American history classes, including the senior research seminar.  He also teaches for Humanities and Catholic Studies. He is advisor to the history honor society, Phi Alpha Theta.

Dr. Pinheiro's publications include academic and popular articles on the early American republic. He has also lectured widely and appeared on National Public Radio, Mars Hill Audio, and CSPAN.  Dr. Pinheiro's award-winning book is called Missionaries of Republicanism: A Religious History of the Mexican-American War (Oxford University Press, 2014). He is also author of the book, "Manifest Ambition: James K. Polk and Civil-Military Relations during the Mexican War".

Dr. Pinheiro’s scholarly interests include American views on liberty and order, the Mexican-American 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.


  • Ph.D., University of Tennessee
  • M.A., California State University Bakersfield
  • B.A., California State University Bakersfield