Welcome to History

Looking forward to the past since 1894

309 Gregory Hall, 810 S. Wright Street, Urbana, IL 61801
Office Hours: M - F, 8:00 AM - 12:00 and 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Letter from the Chair

Welcome to the History Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Why study history? Because it is the foundation of a liberal arts education whose critical engagement with the past teaches us how to confront the way we live today. Here at Illinois, we take great pride in the teaching we offer to undergraduates, in the training of graduate students to carry on the work of historians, and in the history writing produced by our renowned faculty members. Our website is your gateway to the department, whether you are interested in the careers history majors can pursue, or upcoming departmental lectures and conferences, or the work of our faculty, or how you can help support the department to maintain its excellence. We need the critical insights that studying history provides, now more than ever. Please join us!

Diane P. Koenker
Professor and Chair

News & Announcements

Professor Adrian Burgos Jr's commentary in The Sporting News on the Cowherd ESPN scandal.

Read Professor Terri Barnes' blog regarding the recent arguments of flying the confederate flag.

Professor Bruce Levine's recent article in Politico magazine on the racism of the confederate flag.

A Contra Corriente - A Journal on Social History and Literature in Latin America - recently posted this article entitled, "Beyond Renewal" by Professor Marc Hertzman. Scroll to the bottom where it says Full Text: PDF. Click on the PDF to read.

Sign on to FACEBOOK and check out this blurb on PBS History Detectives' page about Professor Bruce Levine's Bestseller, The Fall of the House of Dixie.

Illinois News Bureau Social Science editor Craig Chamberlain spoke with Professor Ken Cuno regarding his studies of how traditional ideals on marriages have varied through the centuries.. Professor Cuno is the author of the recently published book, 'Moderinzing Marriage". In it he focuses on the reinvention of marriage and family in Egypt in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Process, the online blog of the Organization of American Historians, posted a feature on Professor Adrian Burgos Jr's course titled Sport and Society.

Please join us in applauding all of our graduates who didn't let the rain hold back their excitement of Convocation on Saturday, May 16th. We are so proud!

Congratulations to Professor Jimena Canales whose book "The Physicist and the Philosopher" was just named to the Amazon list of best selling new and future releases. Her book is due to be released May 26, 2015.

Professor Ken Cuno was interviewed by the web magazine Jadaliyya for the May 2015 edition. They spoke regarding his new book, "Modernizing Marriage: Family, Ideology, and Law in Ninteenth and Early Twentieth Century Egypt".


View the news archive

Upcoming Events

View: all events list / month grid

Connect On FB

Recent Faculty Publications


Jimena Canales (author)

The Physicist and the Philosopher: Einstein, Bergson, and the Debate that Changed our Understanding of Time


Robert Michael Morrissey (author)

Empire by Collaboration: Indians, Colonists, and Governments in Colonial Illinois Country


Kenneth M. Cuno (author)

Modernizing Marriage: Family, Ideology, and Law in the Ninteenth-and Early Twentieth-Century Egypt


Antoinette Burton (editor)

Ten Books That Shaped the British Empire. Creating an Imperial Commons


Maria Todorova (editor)

Remembering Communism: Private and Public Recollections of Lived Experience in Southeast Europe


Antoinette Burton (editor)

The First Anglo-Afghan Wars


Antoinette Burton and Tony Ballantine (authors)

Empires and the Reach of the Global 1870-1945


Clare Crowston and John McKay (authors)

A History of Western Society


Keith Hitchins (author)

A Concise History of Romania


Clare Crowston (author)

Credit, Fashion, Sex: Economies of Regard in Old Regime France

View other publications from our Faculty