Profile: Jan Ellen Lewis

Dean of Faculty and Professor of History

Faculty
Department of History, Graduate Program in American Studies, Program in Women's and Gender Studies

Research Interests: United States history to the 1830s; history of the family; history of women.


Jan Ellen Lewis is Dean of Faculty and Professor of History at Rutgers University, Newark, and where she has taught American history since 1977. She teaches in the History Ph.D. program at Rutgers, New Brunswick, as well, and has been a Visiting Professor at Princeton University. She received her A.B. from Bryn Mawr College; A.M.'s in both American Culture and History from the University of Michigan; and the Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan. A specialist in colonial and early national history, with a particular interest in gender, race, and politics, she is the author of The Pursuit of Happiness: Family and Values in Jefferson’s Virginia (1983) and the co-editor (with Peter N. Stearns) of An Emotional History of the United States (1998) ; (with Peter S. Onuf) Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson: History, Memory, and Civic Culture (1999); and (with James Horn and Peter S. Onuf) The Revolution of 1800: Democracy, Race, & the New Republic (2002), as well as many articles and reviews.  She reviews history and fiction for the Phi Beta Kappa Key Reporter.  She has co-authored a college-level American history textbook, Of the People (Oxford University Press). Lewis has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Philadelphia Center for Early American Studies, Center for the History of Freedom at Washington University, and the International Center for Jefferson Studies. She has chaired the New Jersey Historical Commission and the American Historical Association's Committee on Women Historians; she has served on many boards, including the Advisory Board of the International Center for Jefferson Studies, and the editorial board of The American Historical Review. She is an elected member of the American Antiquarian Society and a Fellow of the Society of American Historians.

 

  • Courses Taught

    History of the U.S. (two-semester survey)
    U.S. Colonies to 1763
    Revolution and Constitutional Period (to 1789)
    Revolutionary America (Princeton University)
    The Early American Republic
    Coming of Age in America (freshman seminar)
    History of Women in the U.S. (two-semester course)
    The History and Literature of Race in America (honors course)
    Senior Seminar:  Readings (Historical Methods)
    History of the Family in the U.S.
    History of Religious Movements in the U.S.
    U.S. Colonial History (graduate course)
    U.S. History to 1865 (graduate course)
    History of the Family (graduate course)
    Race Relations in Early America (graduate course)
    Writing American History (graduate course)
    Colloquium in Women's History (graduate course, New Brunswick)
    Seminar in Nineteenth-Century American Social History (graduate course, New Brunswick)
    Seminar in Women's History (two semester graduate course, New Brunswick)
    PDR  II: The Age of Revolutions (graduate course, New Brunswick)
    PDR III: The Middle Period (graduate course, New Brunswick)
    American Expansions, 1750-1890 (graduate course, New Brunswick)
     

  • Education

    Ph.D., History, The University of Michigan, 1977
    M.A., History, The University of Michigan, 1974
    M.A., American Culture, The University of Michigan, 1972
    A.B., History, Bryn Mawr College, magna cum laude, 1971
    --     Smith College, 1967-9
     

  • Publications

    Selected Publications:

    Of the People, with Jeanne Boydston, James Oakes, Nick Cullather, and Michael McGerr (Oxford University Press, 2009); Concise Edition (2010).
        
    Making a Nation:  Portfolio Edition, with Jeanne Boydston, James Oakes, Nick Cullather, and Michael McGerr (Prentice Hall 2003).

    The Revolution of 1800: Democracy, Race, and the New Republic, co-edited with James Horn and Peter S. Onuf (University of Virginia Press, 2002).

    Making a Nation: The United States and Its People, with Jeanne Boydston, James Oakes, Nick Cullather, and Michael McGerr (Prentice Hall, 2002).

    Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson: History, Memory, and Civic Culture, co-edited with Peter S. Onuf (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1999).

    The Pursuit of Happiness: Family and Values in Jefferson's Virginia (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1983).

    "The Representation of Women in the Constitution," in Sibyl Schwarzenbach and Patricia Smith, eds., Women and the U.S. Constitution: History, Interpretation, and Practice (Columbia University Press forthcoming 2003).

  • Awards

    Distinguished Lecturer, Organization of American Historians, 2011-4.
    Fellow, Society of American Historians, 2009.
    Elected Member, American Antiquarian Society, 2007.
    Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, Faculty Fellow, 2006-7
    Gilder-Lehrman Fellow, International Center for Jefferson Studies, 2003.
    Chair, Committee on Women Historians, American Historical Association.
    Editorial Board, American Historical Review.
    Member and Past Chair, New Jersey Historical Commission.

  • Expertise

    United States history to the 1830s; history of the family; history of women.

  • Files

  • 973-353-5213
  • janlewis@andromeda.rutgers.edu
  • Dean’s Office                  
    Faculty of Arts and Sciences
    325 Hill Hall
    360 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
    Rutgers University
    Newark, NJ  07102-1801