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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

Professor Kevin Mumford recently spoke with a member of the Counter Narrative Project regarding his new book: MumfordNot Straight, Not White: Black Gay Men from the March on Washington to the AIDS Crisis. The Counter Narrative Project is a nonprofit collective dedicated to social justice and visibility around black gay issues.

The news keeps coming! Join us in congratulating Barnes picProfessor Terri Barnes who has been awarded a Fulbright US Scholar grant for 2016-2017 with funding to go to Zimbabwe later this year and in 2017.

CONGRATULATIONS to Professor Harry Liebersohn who has been awarded the extremely prestigious Humboldt Research Award, a lifetime Liebersohnachievement prize in recognition of exceptional achievements in research and teaching. The award comes from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and award winners are invited to spend a period of up to one year cooperating on a long-term research project with specialist colleagues at a research institution in Germany.

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

The Daily Illini reporter Samantha Jones Crowston picrecently spoke with our Chair, Clare Crowston, regarding the recent decline in Humanities majors.

The Dept of History celebrated the Annual Awards Reception on Saturday, April 16, 2016. Congratulations to all of the award recipients.


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IT IS WITH GREAT PRIDE, that we are able to announce another award for one of our very own! Professor BEHROOZ GHAMARI TABRIZI 10has been chosen as a recipient of the LAS Humanities Council Teaching Excellence Award. 11Join us in congratulating Behrooz on this distinguished award.

The History Department's executive committee met this afternoon (Monday, April 18, 2016) and issued the following statement:

On behalf of the History Department, the elected Executive Committee expresses its support for our colleagues in the NTFC (Non-Tenure Faculty Coalition Local #6546) and calls upon the university administration to bargain in good faith with them. We wholeheartedly support the right of non-tenure faculty to participate in lawful work action without retaliation. If you would like to stand in solidarity with them, please follow this link:


On April 5th, the History Department held its Second Annual Soapbox. The house was packed, and the participants kept the crowd laughing, applauding, and engaged throughout. Clare Crowston, our department chair, won first prize, followed by Anqi Pan, a first-year undergraduate, and Tony Pomonis, a university development officer. Graduate student Beth Eby won the unofficial “People’s Choice” award, though a number of other contestants could lay the same claim. Phi Alpha Theta judged the event, and everyone is looking forward to next year. Get your book ready! You can see the list from this year's participants here.

Professor Adrian Burgos was a guest on WILL's "The 21st Show". Listen as he discussed the debutBurgos of the PBS documentary on Jackie Robinson, for which he served as an advisor, and Cuban-US relations through baseball.

PLEASE JOIN US IN APPLAUDING two of our faculty who have won prestigiuos 2016 Guggenheim Fellowships!

Mathisen Professor RALPH MATHISEN won for the Classics Field of Study and

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Professor CRAIG KOSLOFSKY for the Intellectual and Cultural History Field of Study. Link to the press release.

LISTEN to this StoryCorps discussion with nobili Professor MAURO NOBILI regarding his research and linguistic challenges on the city of Timbuktu.


DON'T MISS the 2nd Annual History Soapbox!Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 7pm. 1092 Lincoln Hall


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Recent Faculty Publications


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


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

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