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Letter from the Chair

Welcome to the History Department at Illinois!

Our goal for academic year 2016-2017, as always, is to foster critical understanding of our collective past and to instill our passion and curiosity in future generations.

Faculty in our department focus on a truly astounding array of questions. They study human interaction with the environment in pre-colonial America, early modern Japan and 20th century Bangladesh; they tell us about shifting notions of death, debt and darkness; and they investigate the emergence and evolution of racism, inequality, and imperialism in the United States and across the globe. (And that is just a small sample of the research conducted by our faculty and graduate students!)

Our undergraduate students have gone on to amazing careers, as educators, lawyers, entrepreneurs, scientists, activists, journalists, and a host of other occupations. Our Ph.D.’s are employed at institutions of higher learning around the country. All of our students gain impressive skills in locating and analyzing complex documents and in expressing their ideas with eloquence and conviction. They become the engaged and informed citizens so vital to our future.

We are delighted to welcome you to History at Illinois, whether for a one-time class, as a History major, Ph.D. student, lecture or workshop participant, friend of the Department, or in whatever form your engagement with the department takes. Follow us on Facebook for more information!


Clare H. Crowston
Professor and Chair



News & Announcements

Don't forget to check in on GRAD STUDENT SPOTLIGHT to read all the exciting news of our current and recent Grads.

The 150th Anniversary of the UI and Illinois Bicentennial milestones are being celebrated during the next two years. Read PLACING ILLINOIS IN HISTORY - the History Dept through our “Center for Historical Interpretation” framework is leading a two-year programming initiative devoted to the sesquicentennial and bicentennial anniversaries.

Recently, History 172/173 lead by Professor Leslie Reagan gathered over 300 pounds of food to donate to the Eastern Illinois Food Bank. This equals 333 meals! This article: History class organizes to fight hunger was written by Logan Wheeler and posted on the LAS website.


A huge congratulations to Professor Dana RabinRabin who has been awarded the LAS award for excellence in undergraduate teaching.This is a wonderful recognition of her long contribution to teaching and mentoring students across our curriculum.

Join us in congratualating Professor Maria Todorova, who has been awarded an Honorary Doctor by Panteion University in Athens, Greece, Todorovafollowing nomination by the Dept of Political Science and History and approval by the School of Political Sciences and academic senate. This is a wonderful reminder of Prof. Todorova's tremendous international reputation.

Another huge congratulations goes out! This one to Professor Erik McDuffie who is the McDuffierecipient of a 2017 fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. This is his second prestigious fellowship this year!

Emeritus Professor Fred Hoxie was recently interviewed on ciLiving by Matt Metcalf about theHoxie book The University of Illinois: Engine of Innovation which holds a series of short essays focused on contributions - both innovative and world-changing - made by people of the university.

HogarthEXPERT COMMENTARY by Professor Rana Hogarth for an AP story about the Housing Secretary's recent comments characterizing slavery as a form of immigration entitled: BEN CARSON COMPARES SLAVERY TO IMMIGRATION IN AMERICA.

PROFESSOR EMERITUS JOHN LYNN has been lynn picawarded the Samuel Eliot Morison Prize, the highest award that the Society for Military History bestows. It is an annual award based on an individual's career accomplishments and contributions. Samuel Eliot Morison was a great naval historian of WWII, eventually an admiral, a professor at Harvard, and president of the American Historical Association. The Society for Military History is the most important association of military historians in the world.


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Recent Faculty Publications


Augusto Espiritu, editor

Filipino Studies: Palimpsests of Nation and Diaspora


Peter Fritzsche

An Iron Wind: Europe Under Hitler


Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi

Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment


Kevin J. Mumford

Not Straight, Not White: Black Gay men from the March on Washington the the AIDS Crisis


Behrooz Ghamari

Remembering Akbar: Inside the Iranian Revolution


Keith Hitchins

Ortodoxie si Nationalitate: Andrei Saguna si romanii din Transilvania


Antoinette Burton (editor)

How Empire Shaped Us


Lillian Hoddeson

Tunnel Visions: The Rise and Fall of the Superconducting Super Collider


Keith Hitchins

Romania: storia e cultura


Anoinette Burton

The Trouble With Empire: Challenges to Modern British Imperialism

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