Writing and Publications

Jesse J. Gant and Nicholas J. Hoffman. Wheel Fever: How Wisconsin Became a Great Bicycling State. Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2013.

Scholarly Reviews of Wheel Fever:
“Cities, States, and Bicycles: Writing Cycling Histories and Struggling for Policy Relevance.” The Journal of Transport History, March 30, 2017. Reviewed by Peter Cox, University of Chester, UK.

“Wheel Fever,” by Alison Staudinger, Democracy and Justice Studies, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Voyageur Magazine: Northeast Wisconsin’s Historical Review, Summer/Fall 2013.

“Wheel Fever: How Wisconsin Became a Great Bicycling State,” by Leo Landis, State of Iowa Historical Museum, The Annals of Iowa 73, no. 2. Spring 2014, 189-191.

Essays in Print
Younger and More Irreconcilable“: James Albert Woodburn’s Undergraduate Orations at Indiana University, 1875-1876. Indiana Magazine of History 108, No. 2, June 2012.
‘Patriotism is Above Political Consideration’: A Look Back at the 50th Anniversary of the Civil War in Wisconsin,” Wisconsin Magazine of History 94, No. 3, Spring 2011.
(Dis) Envisioning Slavery: Milwaukee Commemorates the Underground Railroad,” Anamesa 4, No. 2, Fall 2006.

Film Reviews
Review, “As Goes Janesville,” director Brad Lichtenstein, 2012. In Middle West Review 3, no. 1, Fall 2016, 185-189.

Book Reviews
Review of Elizabeth Robins Pennell and Joseph Pennell, A Canterbury Pilgrimage: An Italian Pilgrimage. Edited and with an Introduction by Dave Buchanan (Edmonton: Alberta University Press, 2015), Journal of Sport History 44, no. 1, Spring 2017, 121-122.

Review of Bob Luke and John David Smith, Soldiering For Freedom: How the Union Army Recruited, Trained, and Deployed the U.S. Colored Troops (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014), The Journal of African American History 101, no. 3, Summer 2016, 365-366.

Review of Lorenz Finison, Boston’s Cycling Craze, 1880-1900: A Story of Race, Sport, and Society (Boston: University of Massachusetts Press, 2014), Journal of Sport History 42, no. 3, Fall 2015, 413-415.

Review of R. Gregory Nokes, Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory (Oregon State University Press, 2013), Pacific Northwest Quarterly 104, no. 4, Fall 2013, 188-189.

Jesse Gant, “James Albert Woodburn,” in Linda C. Gugin and James E. St. Clair, ed. Indiana’s 200: The People Who Shaped the Hoosier State. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society Press, 2015.

“Bicycling.” The Encyclopedia of Milwaukee. DeKalb, Illinois: Northern Illinois University Press, 2017. In Press.

Chapter Editor, “The Sectional Crisis,” The American Yawp, 2014-
An African American Waiter and the Bullet-Shredded Spotsylvania Stump,” Smithsonian National Museum of American History Blog, O Say Can You See, May 12, 2014.
Whites on Bikes: Racial Exclusivity in Early Cycling,” U.S. History Scene, December 11, 2013.
“Paranormal USA”, UW Center for the Humanities, Humanities NOW blog, May 2013.
“Wheel Fever: Wisconsin’s 19th Century Bicycling Culture” Wisconsin Heritage Online, Blog (w/Nick Hoffman), October 2012.
“Lincoln Slept Here,” UW Center for the Humanities, Humanities NOW blog, April 2012.
“What are the Documents” Conducting Historical Research,  (w/Steel Wagstaff), December 2008.
“Manuscripts and Archives” Conducting Historical Research,  (w/Brian Hamilton), December 2008.
“John Brown’s Dream” History News Network, December 2009.

Radio and Television
“Wheel Fever,” WPR, Newsmakers, April 10, 2014.
“Wheel Fever,” Wisconsin Public Television, University Place with Norman Gilliland, March 27, 2014.
“Wisconsin Legend: Walter Sanger,” WPR, Central Time, March 27, 2014.
Wheel Fever,” WPR, Central Time, September 13, 2013.
Biking,” KDHX FM, Here’s History, September 1, 2013.
Bicycling Present and Past,” WPR, 45 North, w/Dave Cieslewicz, May 10, 2013.


  • Jon Gjerde Prize, Midwestern History Association, Finalist, 2014
  • Norbert Blei/August Derleth Nonfiction Book Award, Council for Wisconsin Writers, Hono34rable Mention, 2013
  • Leadership in History Award, American Association for State and Local History, 2014.
  • Midwest Book Award, Midwest Independent Publishers Association, Finalist (History and Sports/Recreation), 2013.
  • Book of the Year Award, Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Awards, Finalist (Regional), 2013.

Current Projects
A Ph.D. dissertation on the relationship of western-based black activists to the nation’s various political antislavery parties in the years up to and inclusive of the Civil War.


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