Jesse Gant


Advisors: William Reece and John W. Hall
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Jesse Gant


I am a historian of the long 19th century United States, with research interests in African American and Western experience through the Ages of Revolution and Emancipation.


M.A., Humanities and Social Thought, New York University
B.A., History and Political Science, Carroll University


  • U.S./North American History
  • Individual Plan of Study

MA Title

  • “Freemen to the Rescue! Wisconsin Commemorates the Underground Railroad “

Working Dissertation Title

  • “At Freedom’s Edge: Western Black Activism and the Antislavery Parties in the Civil War Era “


Selected Publications

  • Article – “‘Patriotism is Above Political Consideration’: A Look Back at the 50th Anniversary of the Civil War in Wisconsin,” Wisconsin Magazine of History, 2011
  • Article – ‘Younger and More Irreconcilable’: James Albert Woodburn’s Undergraduate Orations, 1875-1876,” Indiana Magazine of History, 2012
  • Review – Jesse Gant, “As Goes Janesville,” directed by Brad Lichtenstein, Middle West Review, Fall 2016

Selected Awards

  • Committee for Institutional Cooperation Smithsonian Institution Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, 2013-2014. Competitive yearlong residential fellowship at the National Museum of American History, Library of Congress, and National Portrait Gallery
  • Public Humanities Fellow, Wisconsin Humanities Council and University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for the Humanities, 2014-2015; supported by funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of History Dissertation Research Travel Grant, 2012
  • B. Ruth Barton Department Fellowship, 2011
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of History Fellowship, 2009
  • Futures of American Studies Travel Grant, Dartmouth College, 2009
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor’s Office Chancellor’s Borderlands Fellowship, 2011
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Center For Culture, History, and Environment Research and Travel Grant, 2011
  • Visiting Research Fellowships – Everett Helm Visiting Research Fellowship, Lilly Library, Indiana University, 2010
  • Jacob Price Visiting Fellow, Clements Library, University of Michigan, 2009
  • Undergraduate, Carroll University Presidential Scholarship, Department of History, 1999-2003
  • Undergraduate, George F. Kennan Fellow, Carroll University, 1999-2003
  • Undergraduate, Best Scholarly Paper in the Humanities, Carroll University, 2003
  • Undergraduate, History Department Outstanding Graduate, Carroll University, 2003

Professional Affiliations

  • American Historical Association
  • Association for the Study of African American Life and History
  • Midwestern History Association
  • Organization of American Historians
  • The Society of Civil War Historians
  • Society for Historians of the Early American Republic
  • Western History Association

Courses Taught as TA

  • History 344 – The Era of the American Revolution
  • History 393 – Slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction

Courses Taught as Instructor

  • History 102 – American History from the Civil War Era to the Present
  • History 227 – The Black Abolitionists in History and Memory