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Front row: (L-R) Nancy Sinkoff, Paul Hanebrink, James Delbourgo, Rudy Bell, Paul Israel, Paul G. E. Clemens
2nd: Judith Surkis, Matt Matsuda, Carolyn Brown, Johanna Schoen, Walter Rucker, Marisa Fuentes, Bayo Holsey, Samantha Kelly, Toby C. Jones
3rd: Jackson Lears, Seth Koven, Gail Triner, Ann Fabian, Barbara M. Cooper, Temma Kaplan, Melissa Feinberg
Last: Louis Masur, Jamie Pietruska, Mark Wasserman, David Greenberg, Alastair Bellany, Steven Reinert, Deborah Gray White, Norman Markowitz, John W. Chambers, Virginia Yans, Leah DeVun, Camilla Townsend, Sarolta Takacs, Don Roden


Image Paul G.E. Clemens

Professor of History

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

B.A. (mathematics), University of Maryland

At Rutgers Since 1974

217B Van Dyck Hall
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I am completing a book on rural cultural, political economy and the market in the Mid-Atlantic from 1760 to 1820, and have recently published on the "consumer revolution" of the late eighteenth century.  I am also working on the history of Rutgers University, from 1966 to the present, as part of an oral history collaboration with Sandra Holyoak, and in hopes of updating by 2016 the 1966 bicentennial history of Rutgers.  Kathleen Jones of Virginia Tech and I plan to complete two or more articles on various aspects of the Leopold-Loeb 1924 kidnapping and murder case.



  • 512:103: Development of the United States to 1877
  • 512:104: Development of the United States from 1877
  • 512:301: The American Revolution
  • 512:315: Famous Trials: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights in Modern America
  • 512:402: Constitutional History to 1877
  • 512:404: Constitutional History from 1877


  • American PDR I: Early America: North American During the Age of European Expansion
  • American PDR II: Early America: America in the Age of Revolution


  • 1995: Land Use in Early New Jersey (with Peter Wacker)
  • 1993: The Uses of Abundance: A History of New Jersey's Economy
  • 1980: The Atlantic Economy and Colonial Maryland’s Eastern Shore


  • 1981 Albert J. Beveridge Award of the American Historical Society for the best book on the history of the United States, Canada, or Latin America.
  • 1982 Lindback Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 1986 National Endowment for the Humanities Grant
  • 1986 Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Fellowship
  • 2004 Faculty of Arts and Sciences Award for Distinguished Teaching (Tenured Professors)
  • 2007 Rutgers University Warren I. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching, Rutgers University


  • McNeil Center for Early American Studies
  • Omohundro Institute for the Study of Early American History and Culture
  • American Historical Association
  • Organization of American Historians

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