Cynthia Gonzales

Cynthia Gonzales
I am a native of Albuquerque, and as such, I am very excited to have the opportunity to teach for CNM and be a part of the local community.  I have been teaching for CNM since 2011, and it has been a really positive experience.  I have also taught part-time for the UNM History Department since 2010.

I have always been fascinated by history and really old things – the older, the better.  For me, one of the most exciting things about being a Historian is having the opportunity to read documents that are hundreds of years old.  And, then, figuring out what story they tell.  There are so many interesting things to discover in archives around the world.  My specialty is the history of Medieval and Early Modern Spain, but I also really enjoy teaching Western Civ. to 1648 because I get to talk about so many fascinating people, places, events, etc.  I learn something new every time I teach Western Civ.



PhD in History (May 2008)

The University of Arizona

Major: History (Early Europe and Early Modern Spain)

Minor: History (Comparative Women)

Dissertation Title: “Taking it to Court: Litigating Women in the City of Valencia, 1550-1600”


Master of Arts in History (July 2000)

University of New Mexico

Major: History (Early Modern Europe)

Thesis Title: “Spanish and Italian Cultural Exchange: Philip II and Sofonisba Anguissola”


Bachelor of Arts in History and Sociology (May 1997)

University of New Mexico



  • Dissertation Research Grant, Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain’s Ministry of Culture and United States Universities, June 2005
  • Fulbright Fellowship for Spain, 2004 – 2005
  • “Water As A Collective Responsibility: The Tribunal de las Aguas and the Valencian Community” Co-Authored with Dr. Julia Hudson-Richards, Bulletin of Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies: Vol. 38: Issue 1, Article 6, (2013).