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

Dr. Adam Costanzo

Professional Assistant 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.


In progress
I am currently revising my doctoral dissertation, “Federal Town, Local City: Building a Home and a National Capital in Early Washington, DC 1790-1850,” for future publication as a monograph.

Book Reviews
Review of America's First Great Depression: Economic Crisis and Political Disorder after the Panic of 1837 by Alasdair Roberts. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2012. To be published in The Economic History Review, issue 66.4 (November 2013).


“A City Hall for the Nation: Local Architecture and Political Meaning in Early Washington , DC,” UC Davis Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium, Davis, CA, 2012

“Creating a Grand Capital City One Building at a Time: Local Architecture and Development in Early  Washington, DC, 1791-1814,” DC Historical Studies Conference, Washington, DC, 2011

“The Buildings of Empire: Architecture and the Public Buildings of Jacksonian Washington, DC,” Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Conference, Philadelphia, PA, 2011

“A Poplar Uprising on Pennsylvania Avenue: Thomas Jefferson’s Lombardy Poplar Trees and the  Landscape of Politics in Early Washington, DC,” A public history poster displayed at the UC Davis Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium, Davis, CA, 2011

“Speculating in Failure: The Federal Government's Efforts to Fund and Create a Federal City on the Potomac, 1790-1801,” Bay Area Seminar in Early American History and Culture, Berkeley, CA, 2011

“Power and Public Property: Urban Land Speculation in Washington, DC, 1790-1802,” Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Conference, Rochester, NY, 2010


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


University of California, Davis Professors for the Future Fellow, 2010-2011


HIST 1301: U.S. History to 1865
HIST 1302: U.S. History since 1865