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Dee Gillespie, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor, History
Phone: 678-717-3487

Office: Strickland 122, Gainesville
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Areas of Expertise: U.S. History


After earning a Ph.D. in History at SUNY-Binghamton, Dr. Gillespie joined the faculty at the University of North Georgia in Fall 2009.  She teaches courses in U.S. History, specializing in US women’s history, southern history, African American history, and oral history.  In addition, Dr. Gillespie co-directs the Historic Hall County: Spaces and Places project with Dr. JB Sharma in UNG’s Department of Physics & GIS, and actively participates in organizing events to mark National Women’s History Month. 

Courses Taught

HIST 2111/2111H: US History to 1877; HIST 2112/2112H: US History from 1877; HIST 3101: History of Social Reform in the United States, 1880-2000; HIST 3155: US Women’s History; SVLN 1502: Service Learning


  • B.A., Psychology, Mount Holyoke College, 1990
  • M.S.W., Social Work - Children and Youth, University of Georgia, 1997
  • Ph.D., History, SUNY, Binghamton, 2008

Research/Special Interests

Dr. Gillespie’s research focuses southern communities in transition at mid-20th century.  Her work examines social movements and broader questions of race, gender, and citizenship in US South; and the social and environmental changes resulting from southern modernization after World War II.   She is also interested in oral history methodology in local historical preservation.


“’First Class’ Citizenship in the Mississippi Delta, 1961-1965,” Article accepted for publication in Journal of Southern History, November 2012, projected publication February 2014.

“‘They Walk, Talk, and Act Like New People:’ Citizenship Education in Southeastern Georgia, 1960- 1965,” in Teach Freedom: The African American Tradition of Education for Liberation, Charles M. Payne and Carole Strickland, eds. (New York: Teacher’s College Press, 2008).

Work Experience

Prior to earning a Ph.D. in History, Dr. Gillespie worked for 10 years in the field of Social Work.  In this work, she traveled the state of Georgia to support community collaboration and documented neighborhood collaboration efforts for the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore, MD.

Personal Information

Dr. Gillespie cheers for the Georgia Bulldogs every fall.

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