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Letter from the Chair

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

We are History, your gateway to understanding the origins of the globe's grand challenges and the history of efforts to solve them. Here in History we take great pride and pleasure in applying critical analysis to our knowledge of the past. Whether you are a current or prospective history major or graduate student, faculty member, alumnus or alumnae or friend, our website 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," in its third year of exploration that brings together faculty and graduate students around a common theme. We also invite you to join with hundreds of alumni in 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. Welcome, and stay awhile!

Diane P. Koenker
Professor and Chair

News & Announcements

Please join us for our celebration of the history work done all over campus, our annual "Historians Among Us" lecture. This year, we feature Daniel Schneider, of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, speaking on Wednesday, April 16, at 3 pm in 307 Gregory Hall, on "Monopolizing 'Nature's Means and Methods': Sewage Treatment, Patents, and the Foundations of Modern Biotechnology."

Please join us in celebrating the announcement that Tariq Ali has won the Sardar Patel Dissertation Prize for the best dissertation written on South Asia in any institution of higher learning in the United States for 2012. He will be honored at a ceremony at UCLA in May. Congratulations, Tariq!

We are pleased and delighted to announce that Kristin Hoganson has been invited to hold the Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Visiting Professorship in American History at Oxford University for 2015-2016. Inaugurated in 1922, the Professorship has been held by many of the most eminent historians of America and is tenable on a year-long basis. Since 2001, holders of the Chair have been affiliated to both Queen's College, Oxford, and the Rothermere American Institute. She joins a list of fellows that reads like a Who's Who of American history.

Please join us for the annual Friends of History lecture on Thursday, April 3, at 3 pm. Professor Nick Cullather of Indiana University will speak in 311 Gregory Hall on "Doris Day and the Economists: Imagining the Expert in the Development Decade."

Congratulations to Marc Hertzman, whose book, Making Samba: A New History of Race and Music in Brazil has just been awarded Honorable Mention by the Bryce Wood Book Award Committee of the Latin American Studies Association. The award is given at each Congress of the association to an outstanding book on Latin America in the social sciences and humanities published in English in the United States. Not just first book, not just history book -- this is a huge prize. Bravo, Marc!

We are very pleased to share the news that Tamara Chaplin, who has already won the LAS Teaching Award, has been selected as the winner of the campus Undergraduate Teaching Award. We are very proud of Tamara and her commitment to excellence in teaching. Thanks also to the awards committee for preparing the award-winning nomination. Brava, Tamara!

History Alums! Here’s your chance to share your love of history with hundreds of Chicago-area students. Please volunteer to serve as a judge for the 2014 Chicago Metro History Fair. Judges evaluate historical research projects produced by Chicago-area students in grades 6-8 or 9-12. Details here.

Join us Celebrating 100 Years of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Illinois. View a timeline of the College's History.

Professor Bruce Levine, a prominent scholar of US slave emancipation, was interviewed on Feb 12, 2014, by the editor of The After Slavery Project.

We take great pride in announcing Faculty members Terri Barnes and Dana Rabin and Graduate students Kyle Mays and Patryk Reid as the recipients of the 2014-15 IPRH Fellowships.

Congratulations to Professor Tamara Chaplin and TA Sandra Henderson, who have been selected as recipients of the LAS Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.


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Recent Faculty Publications


Oberdeck Empires and the Reach image Tony Ballantine and Antoinette Burton (authors) Empires and the Reach of the Global 1870-1945 (Harvard University Press)



Crowston McKay A History of Western Society

John McKay and Clare Crowston (authors) A History of Western Society (Bedford/St. Martin's Publishing)


Crowston book Credit Fashion Sex

Keith Hitchins(author) A Concise History of Romania (Cambridge University Press)



Crowston book Credit Fashion Sex Clare Crowston(author) Credit, Fashion, Sex: Economies of Regard in Old Regime France (Duke University Press)



The Feedback Loop

Antoinette Burton (editor) The Feedback Loop: Historians Talk about the Links between Research and Teaching (American Historical Association)

Hertzman Book

Marc Hertzman (author) Making Samba: A New History of Race and Music in Brazil (Duke University Press)

The Socialist Sixties

Diane P. Koenker (editor) The Socialist Sixties (Indiana University Press)

Vacation Travel and the Soviet Dream

Diane Koenker (author) Club Red: Vacation Travel and the Soviet Dream (Cornell University Press)