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Dr. Dee Gillespie

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

Office: Strickland Academic, 122, Gainesville
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Areas of Expertise: U.S. history , southern history, women's history, African-American history


Dr. Gillespie studies and teaches U.S. social history, concentrating on the South in the twentieth century.

As a social historian and oral historian, she documents and preserves experiences of the less rich and the less powerful. These voices translate abstract questions into lived experience. Their narratives help us understand how change happens at the grassroots and the effects of those changes.

Courses Taught

  • HIST 2111: US History to 1877
  • HIST 2112: US History from 1877
  • HIST 2000: Historiography
  • HIST 3102: The Civil Rights Era, 1877-1970
  • HIST 3155: US Women’s History


  • 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 on southern communities in the middle of the 20th century. Her work on the Citizenship Education Program (CEP) looks at the civil rights movement from a local perspective, focusing on ways that black women used education as a vehicle for social change and influenced broader national debates about race, gender, and citizenship.

She also examined the impact of post-WWII southern economic development, looking at how the transition to the booming Sunbelt of the late 20th century resulted in a mixed legacy for local people and their environment.


“'Revolutionize Life in the Chattahoochee River Valley: Buford Dam and the Development of Northeastern Georgia,' 1950-1970,” Georgia Historical Quarterly 50 (Winter 2017).

“The Citizenship Education Program in the Mississippi Delta, 1961-1965,” Journal of Southern History 80 (February 2014), 109-142. Awarded the A. Elizabeth Taylor Prize for Best Published Article of 2014 by the Southern Association of Women’s Historians.

“'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), 42 – 55.

Work Experience

Additional Teaching Experience

Aug 2008 – Jul 2009 Visiting Lecturer, Department of History, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

Jan 2008 – May 2008 Adjunct Professor, Division of Social Sciences, Gainesville State College, Gainesville, GA

Additional Professional Employment

Oct 2001 – May 2009 Family Support Consultant, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD

Aug 1997 – Sep 2001 Family Support Coordinator, The Family Connection, Atlanta, GA

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