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Letter from the Chair
Welcome to the History Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The summer of 2012 was hot and dry in east central Illinois, but the miserable weather has not dampened the spirits of our faculty, undergraduates, and graduate students, who continue to pursue excellence in their research, writing, and learning. We look forward to the new academic year with a great sense of excitement and anticipation, mobilized by our common goal of making sense of the past, in all its many forms and with all its pleasures and challenges. Our web site offers access to our week-to-week events, activities, and accomplishments, as well as a guide to the department’s vibrant undergraduate and graduate programs. Please note the ongoing events of “World Histories from Below,” our three-year exploration that brings together faculty and graduate students around a common theme. We also invite you to connect with the department through our Facebook page: , sponsored by the Friends of History, whose goal is to support the department and its activities. You can become a member of the Friends of History by making a contribution to the department: to learn more, just follow the link on this page. Whether you are a prospective or current history major, graduate student, faculty member, alumnus or alumnae, you will find a wealth of useful information in these pages. Come in and look around!
Diane P. Koenker
Professor and Chair
News & Announcements
Hearty Congratulations are due to several of our current graduate students and a recent Ph.D. for their accomplishments:
Diana Georgescu has been awarded a Mellon-Council of European Studies Dissertation Completion Fellowship for 2013-14.
Rachel Koroloff has been named a Junior Fellow for 2013-14 at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection.
Troy Smith, Ph.D. 2012, has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position in US History at Tennessee Tech University.
Fred Hoxie has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Historians Among Us Lecture
Jonathan Ebel, Dept. of Religion
"This is my body: Soldering, Salvation, and American Civil Religion."
April 17, 2013 - 3:30pm, 307 Greg Hall
More from our sports historian and film commentator, Adrian Burgos...
Interview he did with Jeff Bossert was excerpted as part of their 12 O’clock newscast http://will.illinois.edu/news/audioplayer_newscast
And was also featured in the Afternoon Magazine (April 15), http://www.will.illinois.edu/news/story/ui-prof-42-brings-accurate-story-of-racist-abuse-within-baseball
View the news archive
Recent Faculty Publications
Bruce Levine (author) The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution that Transformed the South (Random House)
Frederick E. Hoxie (author) This Indian Country: American Indian Activists and the Place They Made (The Penguin Press)
John Randolph and Eugene M. Avrutin (editors) Russia in Motion: Cultures of Human Mobility Since 1850 (University of Illinois Press)