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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

HertzmanProfessor Marc Hertzman recently wrote an article for NY Magazine regarding the impending impeachment of Brazil's President.

UPDATED: Watch the premiere of the Big Ten Burgos baseballNetwork's documentary on Professor Adrian Burgos' research on Latinos and Baseball on May 21st, approximately 6 pm.** In case you missed it, see it here.


WITH GREAT EXCITEMENT we announce our 2 newest courses being offered for the first time in Fall 2016! REACTING TO THE PAST is a great tool in supporting cross-disciplinary thinking, teamwork and problem-solving. Only 30 spots available per course - reserve your space now. HIST 102A and HIST 102B.


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.


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Recent Faculty Publications


Kevin J. Mumford

Not Straight, Not White: Black Gay men from the March on Washington the the AIDS Crisis


Behrooz Ghamari

Remembering Akbar: Inside the Iranian Revolution


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

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