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Gillette, William

ImageWilliam Gillette

Professor Emeritus of History

Ph.D., Princeton

M.A., Columbia

B.S.F.S., Georgetown

At Rutgers from 1967-2015

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Civil War and Reconstruction, New Jersey history, American political history, American Western history



  • 512:104 Development of US II
  • 512:303 Civil War and Reconstruction
  • 512:410 New Jersey History
  • 506:401 Seminar: History of New Jersey since 1801


  • The Right to Vote: Politics and the Passage of the Fifteenth Amendment
  • Retreat from Reconstruction, 1869-1879
  • Jersey Blue: Civil War Politics in New Jersey, 1854-1865
  • author of 25 chapters or articles, including 9 recent articles in The Encyclopedia of New Jersey.
  • has given 109 guest lectures in the United States, Austria, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Russia


  • 1979: Landry Prize, Lousiana State University Press
  • 1980: Chastain Prize, Southern Political Science Association
  • 1982-1983: Fulbright Lecturer, University of Salzburg, Austria
  • 1996: Award of Merit, American Association for State and Local History
  • 1996: Special Award, New Jersey Historical Commission
  • 1997: McCormick Prize, New Jersey Historical Commission
  • 1997-1998: Fulbright Lecturer, Japan Women's University and Tsuda College, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2008: Senior Fulbright Lecturer, the Nikolay V. Sivachev Distinguished Chair in American History, Moscow State University , Moscow, Russia
  • 2009: appointed by the Governor of New Jersey to the New Jersey Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission


  • New Jersey Historical Society
  • Advocates for New Jersey History

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