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Dr. Aaron Gillette

Dr. Aaron Gillette

Dr. Aaron Gillette

Associate Professor of HistoryHistory, Humanities, and Languages


Dr. Gillette came to UHD in 2006. In 2010-11, he completed a research fellowship at the University of Siegen (Germany). While at UHD, he has promoted the UHD Honors Program, international student exchange, and History Program outreach. He teaches courses centered on nineteenth and twentieth century Europe, including World War I, Nazi Germany, World War II, and Women in the 1920s. He has also contributed to the development of UHD's Historical Methods course.

Degrees Earned

B.A. Biology, Western Carolina University
M.A. and Ph.D., History, Binghamton University

Courses Taught

HIST 1306: US History After 1877
HIST 3390: Historical Methods
HIST 3399: Directed Study in History
HIST 4310: Nazi Germany
HIST 4321: The Rise of Modern Women
HIST 4350: The History of World War II

Experience Qualifications

Summary of Qualifications:

Dr. Gillette has a Ph.D. in modern European History. Besides courses for his degree, he has also taken a course in the history of science at Cornell University, several National Endowment for the Humanities courses for college professors, a course for college professors on teaching the Holocaust, sponsored by the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, and numerous language courses. Dr. Gillette has written three books on the history of eugenics: one on eugenics in Fascist Italy; one on eugenics in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in Latin Europe and Latin America; and one on the history of eugenics and its relationship to evolutionary psychology and sociobiology (focused on the United States and Europe). Dr. Gillette has also published eleven articles and book reviews on related subjects, as well as on various aspects of pedagogy. He has given thirteen papers at conferences in the United States, Great Britain, and the Vatican. Dr. Gillette has approximately twenty years of full-time experience teaching courses on modern Europe and the United States, at such institutions as George Mason University, American University, Trinity University of Washington, Hood College, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Houston-Downtown.

Teaching Experience:

2006-Present, Assistant (then Associate) Professor of History, UHD

2010-2011, University of Siegen (Germany), Guest Professor and FIGS Research Fellow

1994-2005, George Mason University, Lecturer

More Information

For much of his career, Dr. Gillette has studied the history of eugenics in the 'Latin' countries of Europe and America. Besides a number of books and articles on Latin eugenics, he has given papers in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Italy. More recently, he has devoted himself to study of academic exchanges between the United States and Germany in the 1930s. Dr. Gillette has also written and presented papers on historical simulations in the classroom.