Jules Gehrke

Associate Professor of History
Department of History
Arts & Behavioral Sciences
Academic and Student Affairs

SVSU Main Campus
Brown Hall 304


Jules Gehrke completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire in 1996, a Master of Arts in History at Marquette University in 1998, a Master's of Public Policy at the University of Minnesota (Humphrey Institute) in 2004, and a Ph.D. in History at the University of Minnesota in 2006. He worked for the Office of Legislative Budget Assistant in New Hampshire from 2006-2007, and joined the Saginaw Valley State University Department of History in 2007. He served as Special Assistant to the Provost from 2011-2014 and was promoted to Associate Professor History in 2012.


Doctor of Philosophy
Univ Minnesota -Twin Cities

Master of Public Policy
Univ Minnesota -Twin Cities

Teaching Interests

            World History to 1500 (History 100D)

            World History since 1500 (History 100E)

            European History: 1660-1950 (History 220)

            Modern Britain: 1688-1970 (History 332)

            Age of Democratic Revolutions, 1715-1815 (History 365)

            Nineteenth-Century Europe: 1789-1914 (History 366)

            Twentieth-Century Europe: 1914-1945 (History 367)



"A Radical Endeavor: Joseph Chamberlain and the Emergence of Municipal Socialism in Birmingham," American Journal of Economics and Sociology 75, no.1 (January 2016): 23-57.


"Revitalizing Britain? Debate Over the Renewal of Canals in Early Twentieth-Century Britain," Economic and Business History Society Conference, Montreal, CA, May 26-28, 2016 [Upcoming]

"A 'Unique' Part of Recreation Policy: Government, Canals, and an Era of Leisure, 1945-1968," Midwest Conference on British Studies, Detroit, MI, September 25-27, 2015

"The Dilemmas of a New Era: Collectivism and Individualism in the Victorian City," 10th Annual Hoffman-Willertz Lecture, Saginaw Valley State University, Saginaw, MI, November 14, 2012

“The Business of Improvement: Joseph Chamberlain and the Limits of Municipal Socialism,” Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters, Saginaw, MI, March 11, 2011.

“Georgist Thought and the Emergence of Municipal Socialism in Britain, 1870-1914,” Western Conference on British Studies, Tempe, AZ, October 2009.

“…Without Even Organizing His Forces for the Struggle”: The Decline of ‘Georgism’ in Interwar Britain,” Midwest Conference on British Studies, Pittsburg, PA, October 2009.