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Looking forward to the past since 1894

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Letter from the Chair

Welcome to the History Department at Illinois!

Our goal for academic year 2015-2016, 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

Welcome to our new class of Graduates!

Grad class fall 15

We are so delighted to announce that Claudia Brosseder, our newest faculty member, has been awarded the American Academy of Religion’s 2015 Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion in the category of Historical Studies. Dr. Brosseder, who joins us as Assistant Professor of History in November, received the award for her book, The Power of Huacas: Change and Resistance in the Andean World of Colonial Peru. (The AAR is a 9,000-member interdisciplinary association for scholars of religion). The Hispanic American Historical Review has designated this book as a "major contribution with a profundity rarely found in the scholarly literature on the topic." The review can be found here.

Professor Marc Hertzman recently appeared on Al Jazeera America's flagship current events news show, "Inside Story"to discuss the current political situation in Brazil. Click the link above to watch.

Join us in welcoming 2015 incoming Chair: Professor Clare H. Crowston.


and incoming Director of Undergraduate Studies:Professor Marc Hertzman


A Minute With... Professor Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi regarding how Iran views the nuclear deal.

We are pleased to share the exhibit produced by students in History 386, Public History, last spring, on the theme of "Innovation at Illinois." Professor Fred Hoxie was the instructor, and the students were assisted by Harriet Green, the Humanities and Digital Humanities Librarian, University Archivist Bill Maher, and Jameatris Rimkus, an archivist on his staff. Simply click on this link to get you there: http://innovationatillinois.omeka.net/

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


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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

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