OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

OAH Distinguished Lectureship program 40 years 1981-2021

Paul A. Gilje

Portrait of Paul A. Gilje

Paul A. Gilje is the George Lynn Cross Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Oklahoma. 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). An award-winning teacher of undergraduate and graduate students for more than 30 years, he has also received numerous grants and fellowships to support his research. He is currently working on a book about the year 1800.

Featured Lecture

OAH Lectures

Examines the beginnings of American foreign policy from before the Revolution to the era of Manifest Destiny, emphasizing the role of commerce and the persistence of geopolitical issues from the mid 18th century until the 1830s and 1840s.
Surveys the role of rioting in American History from the 18th century to the present. Emphasis is on the relationship between forms of rioting and larger social conditions.