• Paul G.E. Clemens
  • Paul G.E. Clemens
  • Professor of History
  • Degree: Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Additional Degree(s): B.A. (mathematics), University of Maryland
  • Rutgers : At Rutgers Since 1974
  • Specialty: Early America: Socio-Economic and Legal History
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  • Office: 217B Van Dyck Hall
  • Phone: 848-932-8232
  • Research Interests: Mid-Atlantic from 1760 to 1820, "consumer revolution" of the late eighteenth century, History of Rutgers University, from 1966 to the present, Aspects of the Leopold-Loeb 1924 kidnapping and murder case.


I am engaged in a study of rural cultural, political economy and the market in the Mid-Atlantic from 1760 to 1820 and have published on the "consumer revolution" of the late eighteenth century. I have written a history of Rutgers University in the post-World War II period that focuses on student life and student activism.  I am currently working on a project with my colleague Johanna Schoen on the way Rutgers has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.



  • 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



  • 2015: Rutgers since 1945: A History of the State University of New Jersey
  • 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