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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program


Paul A. Gilje

Paul A. GiljePaul A. Gilje is a George Lynn Cross Research Professor in the department of history at the University of Oklahoma where he has taught since 1980. His work focuses on the American Revolution and the early republic. He began his career as a social historian, but in the last decade he has increasingly sought to integrate social, political, and cultural history. His publications include Liberty on the Waterfront: American Maritime Culture in the Age of Revolution (2004), which won two national prizes, including the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Best Book award; Free Trade and Sailors' Rights in the War of 1812 (2013); and To Swear like a Sailor: Maritime Culture in America, 1750–1850 (2016). A past president of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, Gilje has also written two books on the history of rioting in the United States and a synthetic examination of the revolutionary and early republic eras. He has edited five essay collections and has published two encyclopedia projects, including the three-volume Encyclopedia of Revolutionary America (2010). He has received numerous grants and fellowships to support his research and is an award-winning teacher who offers a wide variety of courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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