Skip to main content

Jill Gill

Dr. Jill Gill

Director, Marilyn Shuler Human Rights Initiative


U.S. History
Religious History


Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
M.A., University of Pennsylvania
B.A., Whitworth College

In addition to the U.S. survey courses, Dr. Gill teaches classes on the 1960s, the Vietnam War, the History of Multicultural America, American Religious History, and Human Rights.

After a year-long post-doctoral research position with the Center for Social and Religious Research at Hartford Seminary, she taught for two years at the University of Findlay in Ohio before returning to her roots in the Pacific Northwest, joining the Boise State faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2000. She specializes in 20th century American social, cultural, political, and religious history with a research focus on the post-World War Two period. Her book, Embattled Ecumenism: the National Council of Churches, the Vietnam War and the Trials of the Protestant Left (Northern Illinois University Press, 2011) explores the anti-Vietnam War efforts of ecumenical Protestants while using that story as a window into understanding the Protestant left’s decline in political influence. Her current book project focuses on black and white racial dynamics in Idaho. Additionally, she has published articles in Peace and Change, Religion and American Culture, the Journal of Presbyterian HistoryMethodist History, and The Pacific Northwest Quarterly as well as numerous book reviews, book chapters, and encyclopedia articles.

View larger image
Dr. Gill gives a speech at Boise Pride, June 21, 2014


Office: L180
Phone: (208) 426-1316
Fall 2022 Office Hours:  Tues. 1:30-3:00 p. & 7:15-7:45 p., M & W 3:00-3:30 p. & 5:45-6:15 p.m.; or by appointment; can be in person or Zoom.


U.S. History, 1865-Present
American Religious History
America in the 1960s
Multicultural America
Human Rights
Race, Ethnicity, and Rights

Jill Gill Speaking
Marilyn Shuler Human Rights Initiative launch, “From Hate to Hope: How Idahoans Defeated White Nationalists-and How You Can Too” presented by Norm Gissel, cofounding leader of Coeur d’Alene’s award-winning Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations, Allison Corona photo.

Graduate Students

Frederick Johnson
Julie Okamura
Amanda Farner
Kate Claussen

Selected Scholarship

Jill Gill and Cornel West
Jill Gill and Cornel West

Embattled Ecumenism: The National Council of Churches, the Vietnam War, and the Trials of the Protestant Left
(DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2011)

“The Power and the Glory: Idaho’s Religious History,” Idaho’s Place: Rethinking the Gem State’s Past
Adam Sowards, editor (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2014)

“Idaho’s ‘Aryan’ Education: Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Racial Politics,”
Pacific Northwest Quarterly 102:4 (Fall 2011)