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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

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 didn't 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".

On Saturday, May 9 at 3:00 pm there will be a Celebration of Mark Leff's Life in Room 314 of the Illini Union. All are welcome to attend.

Jennifer "Jen" Guiliano (PhD 2010) was featured for her recently published book Indian Spectacle (Rutgers Univ. Press, 2015) in the May 4 issue of Inside Higher Ed. Kudos to her on having her scholarship so prominently featured.

Four of the seven faculty members chosen and three of the seven graduate students chosen as recipients of IPRH fellowships for the 2015-16 academic year are from the History Department - demonstrating once again our distinction in teaching excellency.

Professor and Director of Graduate Studies Kevin Mumford was quoted in the June/July 2015 edition of the prominent LGBT magazine The Advocate for the cover story entitled, "The Backlash: Christian Conservatives are Out to Get You".


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Recent Faculty Publications


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


Antoinette Burton (editor)

The Feedback Loop: Historians Talk about the Links between Research and Teaching

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