Professor Gilje is a George Lynn Cross Research Professor whose work focuses on the American Revolution and the early republic. His many publications include Liberty on the Waterfront: American Maritime Society and Culture in the Age of Revolution, 1750-1850, which won two national prizes, including the "best book" award from the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic. He is working on two book projects, both to be published by Cambridge University Press. The first is “Free Trade and Sailors’ Rights:” The Origins, Rhetoric, and Memory of the War of 1812. The second is titled “To Swear Like a Sailor”: Language, Meaning, and Culture in the American Maritime World, 1750-1850. Professor Gilje is the author of three other monographs, has edited five essay collections, and has published two encyclopedia projects, including the recent three-volume Encyclopedia of Revolutionary America. He has presented his research at conferences throughout the United States and in Europe and has received numerous grants and fellowships to support his research. Professor Gilje is an award-winning teacher who offers a wide variety of courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In 2009-10 he served as president of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic. He received his Ph.D. from Brown University.