John R Gillis

John R
Gillis

Author and Professor


Rutgers University Professor Emeritus of History who resides for most of the year in Berkeley, California. tn the summer, he can be found on Great Gott Island, off Acadia National Park in Maine.


The Human Shore: Seacoasts in History

The Human Shore: Seacoasts in History

“a history of such authority and grace."


John Stilgoe

John Gillis in the New York Times

Why Sand is Disappearing.

Life and Death of the Beach...


New York Times Op-ed

Islands of the Mind

Islands of the Mind

“An erudite and beautifully written work of cultural and intellectual history, bursting with evocative ideas and connections."



Publishers Weekly

A World of Their Own Making: Myth. Ritual. and the Ouest for Family Values

A World of Their Own Making: Myth. Ritual. and the Ouest for Family Values

"...a tour de force of accessible scholarship, written with vigor and grace."
Jackson Lears,
Editor of Raritan

John Gillis in the The Chronicle of Higher Education Review

The Coastal Consciousness of John Gillis
" Clamorous and gusting, Superstorm Sandy blew ashore last fall with a force that felt..."



The Chronicle of Higher Education Review

John Gillis Featured in Humanities

The Blue Humanities...
"In studying the sea, we are returning to our beginnings."





National Endowment for the Humanities



Becoming Historians

Becoming Historians

"Frank. vivid. and often moving..."




Anthony Grafton,
Princeton University

John Gillis on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network

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"Humankind's obsession with living near the ocean. The good, the bad and the sandy."


Maine Public Broadcasting Network (MPBN)




Human Shore interview by New Books in History

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"Americans are moving to the ocean. Every year, more and more Americans move to–or are born in– the coasts and fewer and fewer remain in–or are born in–the interior."




New Books in History