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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

JOIN US IN CONGRATULATING BurtonProfessor Antoinette Burton who has been named Director of the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) effective March 16, 2016.

CONGRATULATIONS TO Professor Kevin Mumford Mumford picwhose book Not Straight, Not White: Black Gay Men from the March on Washington to the Aids Crisis (release date March '16) was just named by the Guardian on its list of top reads for Black History Month, hailing it as beautifully written and equally “brilliant" “genius” and “indispensable” as his earlier book, Interzones: Black/White Sex Districts in Chicago and New York in the Early Twentieth Century <http://www.amazon.com/Interzones-Districts-Chicago-Twentieth-Century/dp/0231104936> . The piece is at: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/feb/09/black-history-month-reading-list-best-books-february-2016

PROFESSOR LESLIE REAGAN spoke with Anna ReaganMaria Tremonti of CBC Radio, The Current, as part of their program on Zika virus, Brazil, and the current discussion of abortion. Her contribution to press coverage of these issues includes quotes in The Guardian and on NPR.

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

We are DELIGHTED to ANNOUNCE Professor Bob MorrisseyMorrissey has been named as a 2016-2017 Helen Corley Petit Scholar by the College of LAS. The award is the result of a generous endowment from the late Mrs. Petit, an alumna of the college, to support the development of the scholarship and teaching of early career faculty members in LAS. Please join us in congratulating Bob on this honor.


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Recent Faculty Publications


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


Antoinette Burton (editor)

The First Anglo-Afghan Wars

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