History - College of Liberal Arts - Texas A&M University Corpus Christi

Dr. Adam Costanzo

Professional Associate Professor of History 

U.S. History Survey Coordinator

Contact Information:
 Faculty Center - Rm 274-A
 Mailing Unit - 5814
 Phone: (361) 825-2217
 E-mail: adam.costanzo@tamucc.edu

Dr. Adam Costanzo


Colonial and Early Republic American History
Urban History


Ph.D., History, University of California, Davis, 2012
B.A., International Studies, American University, 2000


I believe that college students learn the most when they feel personally engaged with and invested in the topic at hand. For many undergraduates, however, the past can seem like a mere abstraction: a collection of inert facts sprinkled across an orderly timeline. As a scholar and a teacher, it is my goal to help students overturn this passive conception of the past and see history as a set of open questions awaiting interpretation from their generation. In my classes, I present history as an unending argument about the circumstances and meaning of past events, in which historians evaluate new ideas based upon the evidence offered to support them.


George Washington’s Washington: Local and Federal Visions for the National Capital in the Early American Republic –University of Georgia Press, 2018 


Author Talk for George Washington’s Washington, Historical Society of Washington, D.C., Conference on D.C. History, 2018

 “Reacting to the Past in a First Year Learning Community,” Grant Team Keynote Presentation for the TAMU-CC First Year Learning Communities Program Summer Institute, Corpus Christi, TX, 2018 

"Founding and Building a National Capital: Washington, D.C., 1790-1815 – Reacting to the Past Game Design Workshop,” Reacting to the Past Game Developer Conference, Indianola, IA, 2018 

 “’Slave Market of America:’ Connecting the Debate over Abolition with Federal Support for the District of Columbia in the Jacksonian Era.” Historical Society of Washington, D.C., Conference on D.C. History, 2017 

“An Empire of Sandstone and Marble: Early Republic Politics and the Building of Washington, DC,” Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Center for Faculty Excellence, ‘Dissertation to Book’ Community of Practice Campus Presentation, Corpus Christi, TX, 2016



Member, Organization of American Historians
Member, American Historical Association
Member, Society of Historians of the Early American Republic



TAMU-CC University Excellence Award in Teaching Innovation, 2018-2019
TAMU- CC College of Liberal Arts Excellence in Teaching Award, 2018-2019
Reacting to the Past Consortium and Endeavor Foundation High Impact Challenge Grant, 2017-2019



HIST 1301: U.S. History to 1865
HIST 1302: U.S. History since 1865
HIST 3307: The Ancient World