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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 Jimena Canales has just had two pieces on Einstein published. The first, is a blog in Princeton University Press, entitled "ThanksEinstein: Jimena Canales on the ideal figure of Einstein"; and the second is in The New Yorker and entitled, "Albert Einstein's Sci-Fi Stories".

Please join us in welcoming our newest faculty member, Claudia Brosseder. Claudia specializes in Colonial Latin American history.

Second year graduate student, Yuki Takauchi, has just had her article on rape and homosociality in occupied Okinawa published online in Notches. This short article began as a first year project last year in HIST593/594. Yuki continued to work on this article with me over the summer. It is the first article to be published in Notches' new series on Asian Sexualities.

Please join us in congratulating Yuki on this wonderful achievement! Here's the link

DON'T MISS THIS SPECIAL LECTURE by Professor Peter Fritzsche. Wednesday, November 18th at 7 pm, 2nd floor ballroom at the Illini Union.

PROCESS - The online blog for OAH is featuring Julilly Kohler-Hausmann, PhD 2010, discussing her current book project, Tough Politics: Criminalization and Degraded Citizenship in 1970s America.

We all have things we can't live without. Journalist Erik Moshe spoke with Historians from several major universities about the tools they require to complete their work. He posted the responses in this article from History News Network. "Things Historians Can't Live Without."

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The Daily Illini recently posted this thought- provoking article on the value of an LAS education. "Springboard your career with a liberal major" written by LAS freshman, Minju Park.

Don't miss this blog on "30 Reasons it's Smart to Hire a History Student".



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Recent Faculty Publications


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


Antoinette Burton and Tony Ballantine (authors)

Empires and the Reach of the Global 1870-1945


Clare Crowston and John McKay (authors)

A History of Western Society

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