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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 2016-2017, 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

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

The History Department is deeply committed to the scholarly exchange of ideas and people across national borders and divisions. The department has been immeasurably enriched by international students, faculty and visiting scholars, who hail from countries and regions around the world. Their contribution has transformed our intellectual community and our understanding of methods and approaches for producing historical knowledge. The History Department, like any institution of higher learning, could not thrive without the diversity provided by these exchanges and these outstanding individuals.

In recognition of these principles, the department voted unanimously to endorse the recent American Historical Association statement regarding the President's Executive Order provisionally barring refugees and visa-holders seven majority-Muslim nations from entering the United States. The statement can be found here: http://blog.historians.org/2017/01/aha-condemns-executive-order-restricting-entry-united-states/



Don't miss Afrolatinos: An Untaught History. Free screening followed by Q & A with Emmy award winning director Renzo Davia.

Wednesday, Feb 22nd; 5:00-7:00 pm

Foellinger Auditorium


mumford bookNOT STRAIGHT, NOT WHITE... by Professor Kevin Mumford has just been named a Stonewall Honor book in the Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award category. Please join us in congratulating Kevin on this prestigious book award!

CONGRATULATIONS to Professor Peter Fritzsche whose newest book, An Iron Wind: Europe Under Hitler, just had a fabulous review in The Wall Street Journal.

Burgos picPROFESSOR ADRIAN BURGOS, JR. is featured in the premiere of "Cuba: Island of Baseball". Don't miss it on December 13th, 9 pm ET on the MLB Network.


The Windy City Times recently spoke with mumford picProfessor Kevin Mumford regarding his newest book, Not Straight, Not White.


AsakaJOIN US IN CONGRATULATING Professor Ikuko Asaka who was just named as a Lincoln Excellence for Assistant Professors Scholar.


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Recent Faculty Publications


Peter Fritzsche

An Iron Wind: Europe Under Hitler


Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi

Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment


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

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