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July '16. Irina Spector Marks has accepted a position at the Bryn Mawr School for Girls, an independent all-girls school in Baltimore. The school, founded in 1885, is one of the oldest college preparatory schools in the nation. Irina will be teaching 9th grade world history and two senior electives, including Baltimore History and AP Human Geography. Congratulations, Irina!
June 2016. Congratulations to Eric McKinley! Eric was just named a 2016 Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow. Eric received a two-year full-time position to work at the American Public Media/Minnesota Public Radio as the senior research analyst on diversity and inclusion. This is a highly rigorous and competitive program designed to provide PhDs in the humanities or humanistic social sciences with significant, career-building experience in the government and nonprofit sectors. Eric joins a body of Public Fellows whose contributions to the public and nonprofit sectors demonstrate the broad value of advanced training in the humanities. The Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program is made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Robert (Bo) Jacobs, who wrote his doctorate in the area of atomic culture under her supervision in the department, just informed her he has been promoted to full professor of history as of the beginning of April at Hiroshima City University!!!!!!
Emily Pope-Obeda has accepted a visiting fellowship at the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race at Emory University for next year. The Visiting Fellow Program "supports new PhDs, faculty members, and independent scholars with a distinguished record of research and undergraduate or graduate teaching in the humanities, the humanistic social sciences and law" and "is committed to recruiting only the best and most promising scholars" studying "the origins, evolution, impact and legacy of race, difference, and the modern quest for civil and human rights." Emily also received an offer for a teaching position at Dixie State University but declined it to pursue the fellowship.
Rachel Koroloff has won and accepted a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Humanities Institute of the New York Botanical Garden, in the Bronx. This will allow her to work with specialists there, and the materials of the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, as she develops her research into the role played by Imperial Russian plant-collecting networks in the genesis of modern botany, in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Kristen Ehrenberger has matched to the combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics residency program at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, PA. It is a four-year program that will prepare her to practice "complex care" medicine with and for individuals with developmental disabilities and other special needs. The College of Medicine's Convocation will be May 7. To learn more, see photographs, or get the YouTube link of the announcement, go to her blog, Frau Doktor Doctor: http://fraudoktordoctor.blogspot.com/2016/03/i-matched.html <http://fraudoktordoctor.blogspot.com/2016/03/i-matched.html> .
Patryk Reid has accepted a two-year postdoctoral associate position (renewable for a third year) from the Center for Russian and East European Studies and University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, beginning in August 2016. He will be affiliated with the History Department at Pitt and teach courses through them and through REES.
Miloš Jovanović has been awarded a postdoctoral appointment at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen in the five-year project “Empires of Memory: The Cultural Politics of Historicity in Former Habsburg and Ottoman Cities.” Miloš will be working on his individual proposal on “Imperial Pasts and Bourgeois World-building: Urbanism on the Semi-periphery of Global Capitalism” which builds on, but further expands the insights from his doctoral dissertation both theoretically and spatially.
An update on some of the accomplishments of our recent Ph.D.’s in Chinese history. Jeff Kyong McClain, who received a Ph.D.in 2009 from our department in modern Chinese history, received tenure last year at the University of Arkansas Little Rock.
In 2013, Jeff published a volume coedited with another U. of I. Chinese history grad, Yongtao Du, entitled Chinese History in Geographical Perspective (2013). Jeff has also published a well-cited article, “Barbarian Caves or Han Tombs? Republican Era Archaeology and the Reassertion of Han Presence in Ancient Sichuan” in Twentieth-Century China, a major journal in the field.
Congratulations to Jeff and Yongtao and their advisors, Poshek Fu and Kai-Wing Chow!
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
Congratulations to Habtamu Tegegne (PhD 2011) who has just accepted a tenure-track assistant professorship in African history at Rutgers University - Newark. Habtamu has been teaching since graduation at Florida Gulf Coast University.
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
Congratulations to Brian Ingrassia, a Ph.D. in History with an award winning book, The Rise of Gridiron University: Higher Education's Uneasy Alliance with Big-Time Football (University of Kansas, 2012), who has now accepted a tenure track job at West Texas A & M University, in US History, 1877-1920, starting August 2015.
We are excited to share news of the publication of Jennifer (Jen) Guiliano's book "Indian Spectacle: College Mascots and the Anxiety of Modern America," which is based on her dissertation she completed at Illinois in 2010. http://rutgerspress.rutgers.edu/product/Indian-Spectacle,5461.aspx . Jennifer was featured in the May 4 issue of Insieder Higher Ed. Kudos to her on having her scholarship so prominently featured. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/05/04/author-discusses-her-new-book-role-indian-mascots-college-teams
The Department of History is proud to share the following information: Summer and Fall 2014 and Spring 2015.
Simon Appleford (Fall '14) has accepted a position as tenure track Assistant Professor in the Department of History, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska.
Jennifer Guiliano (Fall '10) has accepted a position as tenure track Assistant Professor in the Department of History, Indiana University Purdue University (IUPUI), Indianapolis, Indiana.
Rachel Koroloff (Fall '14) has accepted a position as Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Davis Center for russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts.
Lawrence McDonnell (Spring '15) has accepted a position of Assistant Professor (tenure track), Dept of History, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Benjamin Poole (Fall '14) has accepted a position of Visiting Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.
Zachary Poppel (Fall '14) has accepted a position of Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon.
Jovana Babovic (Su '14) has accepted a position as Lecturer for the Department of History at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville.
The Department of History is proud to share the following information: Fall 2013 and Spring 2014.
Derek Attig (Sp '14) has accepted a position as Director of Communications for the Wesley Foundation at the University of Illinois.
Michelle Beer (Sp '14) has accepted a position as Adjunct Professor at Purdue University.
Tyler Carrington (Sp '14) has accepted a position as visiting Assistant Professor of German at Wheaton College in Illinois.
Genevieve Clutario (Sp '14) has accepted a position of Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Literature at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Janine Drake (Sp '14) as accepted a position of Assistant Professor of History at the University of Great Falls in Great Falls, Montana.
Kristin Ehrenberger (Sp '14) is currently an MD student at UIUC.
Elana Jakel (Sp '14) has accepted the position of Program Director of the Initiative for the Study of Ukrainian Jewry at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.
Stephanie Seawell (Sp '14) has accepted the position of Executive Director of the Illinois Labor History Society.
T.J. Tallie (Sp '14) has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of African History at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.
Diana Georgescu (Fall '13) has been awarded a Mellon-Council of European Studies Dissertation Completion Fellowship for 2013-14.
Rachel Koroloff (Fall '13) has been named a Junior Fellow for 2013-14 at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection of Harvard University in Washington DC.
Ryan Jones (Fall '13) has accepted a position as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Washington University (St. Louis).
The Department of History is proud to share the following information: Fall 2012 and Spring 2013.
Nick Gaffney is now a full-time instructor at North Virginia Community College.
Steven Jug has accepted a position of Adjunct Faculty at Baylor University.
Edward Onaci has accepted a position of Assistant Professor at Ursinus College.
Troy Smith has accepted a position of Assistant Professor at Tennessee Tech University.
Carmen Thompson is now full-time Faculty at Portland Community College.
Maria Galmarini, Post-doc, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University.
Sharony Green has accepted a position as Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama.
Ian Hartman has accepted a position as Assistant Professor at the University of Alaska-Anchorage.
Kwame Holmes has accepted a position as Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado.
Brandon Mills has a accepted a position as a Lecturer at the University of Colorado, Denver.
Brian Yates is now in a tenure track position at St. Joseph University in Philadelphia.
Jacob Baum, early modern Germany, tenure track at Texas Tech University.
The Department of History is proud to share the following information: Fall 2011 and Spring 2012.
Evan Murphy has won a Fulbright for AY 2012-2013. The fellowship will support Evan's dissertation research on "Agricultural Science, Colonial Modernity, and Rural Egypt, 1882-1922."
Sally Heinzel has been selected to receive the The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America (NSCDA) Illinois Society's annual scholarship! The scholarship will support Sally's dissertation research on "Emancipation in a Free State: The Politics of Race in Illinois, 1848-1890."
Maria Galmarini has recently accepted a position as an assistant professor of Russian history at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Rosemary Admiral has been awarded a Fulbright fellowship as well as an SSRC IDRF!! The fellowship(s) she accepts will support her dissertation research on "Approaching Islamic Law: Women, Gender and Law in Morocco, 1310-1465."
Anca Mandru has won an SSRC International Dissertation Fellowship. The SSRC will support Anca's archival research in AY 2012-2013. Her project is titled "'Socialism of Sentiment': Culture, Progress and Community in the Early Romanian Left (1870-1914)."
Stefan Peychev has won a fellowship from the American Research Center in Sofia (ARCS) for the next academic year.
Ryan Jones has accepted a one-year faculty fellow position at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.
Derek Attig has been named a 2012 Google Policy Fellow. Each of the 2012 Fellows will spend 10 weeks this summer at a host organization <http://www.google.com/policyfellowship/hosts.html> working on Internet and technology policy issues including free expression, privacy, security, and intellectual property. Derek will spend the summer in Washington DC working with the American Library Association's Office of Information Technology Policy.
Rosemary Admiral has won a grant from the American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS) for 2012-2013. The fellowship will support research on her dissertation titled, "Approaching Islamic Law: Women, Gender and Law in Morocco, 1310-1465."
Perzavia Praylow has accepted a tenure-track position in the Department of History at Augusta State University in Augusta, GA. She will join the faculty there as assistant professor of American history in the fall of 2012.
Derek Attig has won the IPRH graduate student Prize for Research in the Humanities. Derek's paper is titled “’A Place Dedicated to Quiet’: The End of Library Segregation and the Ordering of Public Space.”
Highlights of the 2012 Women Gender History Symposium (opens in a new window)
Kerry Pimblott accepted an offer of Visiting Assistant Professor in the African American & Diaspora Studies Program at the University of Wyoming.
Ashley Howard has accepted a tenure-track position in the Department of History at Loyola University New Orleans.
Brian Ingrassia's (PhD 2008) book, The Rise of the Gridiron University: Higher Education's Uneasy Alliance with Big-Time Football is just out from University Press of Kansas.
Anna Jacobs has been awarded the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for the academic year 2012-13. The fellowship will support Anna as she writes her thesis titled "Companions: Knowledge, Intimacy, and Empire in British Arctic Exploration, 1818-1859."
Stefania Costache has been awarded the Alison Frantz Fellowship from the American School of Classical Studies in Athens for next academic year.
Fedja Buric has accepted an offer from Bellarmine University for the tenure-track position in modern European history.
Bao Bui has just won a General and Mrs. Matthew B. Ridgway Research Grant for 2012. The grant will support Bao's research at the U.S. Army Military History Institute (MHI) of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (AHEC). Bao's dissertation is titled "'I Feel Impelled to Write': Social Networking and the Culture of Letter-Writing during the Civil War."
Scott Harrison has won a DAAD fellowship for AY 2012-2013. Scott will spend time in Berlin, Dresden, and Leipzig researching his dissertation titled "Sex under Socialism: Gender, Sexuality, and Everyday Life in the German Democratic Republic and Beyond, 1961-1995."Lance Lubelski has also won a DAAD fellowship that will fund research on his dissertation, "Female Caregivers, Healers, and Their Medical Networks in Sixteenth-Century Germany." Lance will spend the year as a fellow at the Institute for the History of Medicine/Robert Bosch Stiftung in Stuttgart.
We are delighted to announce that a book co-authored by our PhD/MD student, Kristen Ehrenberger, along with a neuroscience professor, neuroscience graduate student, and anthropology graduate here on campus (now there is Intersection for you!) has just been released by MIT Press.Individual and Collective Memory Consolidation: Analogous Processes on Different Levels is an interdisciplinary monograph that offers a unified theory of memory formation. Lillian Hoddeson had a big hand in getting the project off the ground.
Kerry Pimblott has been named by the LAS Awards Committee as the recipient of the 2011-2012 Lynn Martin Award for Distinguished Women Teachers, an award intended to honor and reward individuals for their exceptional achievement in undergraduate teaching.
Jeffrey Ahlman (PhD 2011) has just accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of African History in the Department of History at Smith College. Jeff is currently completing a post-doc at the Center for Africana Studies at the Johns Hopkins University.
Recipients of fellowships from the Illinois Program for Research in Humaniaties for 2012-13 are Grad Studnets, Diana Georgescu, David Greenstien, and Stephanie Seawell.
Kerry Pimblott, ABD in History, has been honored by the LAS Awards Committee as the recipient of the 2011-2012 Lynn Martin Award for Distinguished Women Teachers, an award intended to honor and reward individuals for their exceptional achievement in undergraduate teaching.
Tessa Winklemann has been awarded a research fellowship at the Bentley Historical Library. Tessa will use the Bentley collections for her dissertation on "Uneasy Intimacies: Race, Gender, and Interracial Relations in the Colonial Philippines."
The Department of History is proud to share the following information: Fall 2010 and Spring 2011.
Randall Dills is Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville.
Ian Hartman (phD 2011) is Visiting Assistant Professor in US history at the University of Alaska in Anchorage.
Brian Hoffman (PhD 2009) is Visiting Assistant Professor in US history at Wesleyan University in Connecticut.
Tessa Winklemann will be in the Philippines this year after being awarded the Fulbright fellowship for 2011-2012 to fund his dissertation.
Archana Prakash was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to fund his dissertation from 2011-2012. He will spend the year in Cairo.
Fedja Buric was awarded a one-year postdoctoral fellowship at the European University Institute, Florence. He will participate in the Max Weber postdoctoral program.
Nathan Chio has accepted a tenure-track position teaching world history at North Shore Community College in Danvers, Massachusetts.
Brian Ingrassia (PhD 2008) will be Visiting Assistant Professor at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN in 2011-2012.
Steven Jug has accepted a one-year position at Baylor University in Texas where he will teach Slavic Studies, Russian and World History.
Troy Smith has accepted a one-year position at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, TN.
Jason Kozlowski has accepted a one-year position in 20th century U. S. History at the University of South Florida.
Brian Iggins is among 20 students selected to be a Frank and Peggy Steele Intern at the Baseball Hall of Fame this summer. http://baseballhall.org/news/press-releases/baseball-hall-fame-welcomes-2011-class-frank-and-peggy-steele-interns
Nile Blunt has accepted a position as instructor of History at Philips Academy, Andover.
Jeffrey Ahlman (PhD 2011) has accepted a one-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Center for African Studies.
Tyler Carrington has just won a Fulbright to fund his dissertation research for 2011-2012. Tyler will spend the year in Berlin working on his project titled "Love in the Big City: Intimacy and modernity in Belin around 1900."
Eric McKinley has won a Leo Baeck Fellowship for 2011-2012, provided by the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes. Erik will spend the year in Berlin, Cologn, and Dusseldorf conducting research for his dissertation titled "Intimate Strangers: Intermarriage among Jews, Catholics, and Protestants in Germany, 1875-1935."
Doyoung Park has been offered a permanent position at the initial rank of Lecturer at Osaka Gakuin University.
Andrew Demshuk (PhD 2010) has accepted a tenure-track position as assistant professor of German history at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
Ellen Tillman (PhD 2010) accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professorship at Texas State University that will start this fall. Currently she has a one-year visiting Assistant Professorship at West Point.
Habtamu Mengistie has accepted a faculty appointment in history at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida.
Akira Shimizu has just been named a Mellon Sawyer Postdoctoral Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis.
Brian Yates (PhD 2009) has accepted a tenure-track position at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Tyler Carrington won a DADD research grant for 2011-2012. The grant will support Tyler's travel to Berlin where he will conduct research for his project titled "Love in the Big City: Intimacy and Modernity in Berlin around 1900."
Rebecca Mitchell has just accepted a two-year postdoc at Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, Miami University of Ohio.
Joel Miyasaki has won the Truman Library fellowship for 2011-2012. The Truman Library awards up to two fellowships a year to support graduate students working on some aspect of the life and career of Harry S. Truman or of the public and foreign policy issues prominent during the Truman years.
Julilly Kohler-Hausmann (Ph.D. 2010) has accepted a tenure-track position at Cornell University.
Jing Jing Chang has accepted a job at Wilfrid Laurier University (Ontario, Canada). She will be an Assistant Professor in Global Cinemas, Department of English and Film Studies.
Kwame Holmes has accepted a two-year post-doctoral research and teaching fellowship at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American Studies at the University of Virginia.
David Greenstein has been selected for the Department of State Critical Language Scholarship Program. David will spend the summer in Russia and participate in an intensive Russian language institute there. David's study of Russian will enable him to integrate Russian sources into his dissertation, "Assembling Americans and Bolsheviks in the United States and Early Soviet Russia."
Janine Giordano Drake has been accepted to a summer institute at Calvin College on "Congregations and Social Change: Adaptations and Social Change in Religious Communities." She will spend the summer writing her dissertation, "Between Religion and Politics: the New York Labor Temple, 1910-1936."
In August, Sarah Frohardt-Lane will begin a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in environmental history and urban environmental studies at Birmingham-Southern College.
During 2011-2012, Andy Bruno will be doing a post-doctoral fellowship in Arctic environmental history at Florida State University. Then in August 2012, Andy will begin a tenure-track assistant professorship in Russian history at Northern Illinois University.
Emily Skidmore has accepted a tenure-track position in U.S. History at Texas Tech University.
Jason Hansen (Ph.D. 2010) has accepted a tenure-track position at Furman University in Greenville, SC.
Diane Georgescu has been named a summer residential scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars where she will work on her project "'Children of the Golden Age:' Schooling Children into Socialist Patriotism and Internationalism in Ceauşescu’s Romania, 1965-1989."Marjorie Hilton (U of I PhD, 2003) has received an offer from Murray State University in Kentucky for their tenure-track job.
Tom Mackaman (Ph.D. 2010) has accepted a tenure-track position at King's College, a liberal arts college in western Pennsylvania.
The Department of History is proud to share the following information: Fall 2009 and Spring and Summer 2010.
Jason Hansen, in German history, has accepted a one-year position as visiting assistant professor in history at Western Washington University.
Karen Phoenix has accepted a position as Visiting Lecturer in History at Georgia State University, where she will be teaching U.S. history and potentially World History.
Ellen Tillman has accepted a thirteen-month appointment as Assistant Professor with the Department of History at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point.
Martin Smith has won a Moody Grant to facilitate his research at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library in Austin, Texas, where he will look into protests of the Vietnam War by U.S. military personnel.
Stefan Peychev has won the prestigious Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Council for European Studies Award for Pre-Dissertation Research, which he will use to fund travel to explore his project, "Public Baths and Urban Space: The Case of Ottoman Sofia."
Matt Gambino has won the "University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign Senior Research Award" for this year, given annually to recognize a student who has "distinguished him/herself in the pursuit of research with the intent of improving some dimension of the practice of clinical medicine." Matt as a PhD/MD student and a prize winner in both disciplines (the Swain last year).
Tyler Carrington has won one of the 1st annual IPRH Prizes for Research in the Humanities for "Private Matters in the Public Sphere: the value of Classified Ads as a record of intimate interaction in Eighteenth-Century England".
Martin Smith has been awarded a Nelle M. Signor Graduate Scholarship in International Relations, administered by the Office of International Programs and Studies, to facilitate his international dissertation research.
Julilly Kohler-Hausmann, currently finishing her dissertation with the support of an AAUW fellowship, has been awarded a Mellon/ACLS Recent Doctoral Recipient Fellowship for 2010-11.
Jennifer Guiliano has accepted the position of Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Digital Humanities and Department of History at the University of South Carolina. Starting August 15, she will be Associate Director at the Center.
Maurice Hobson, currently holding a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, has accepted a tenure-track position in History and African-American Studies at the University of Mississippi.
Jacob Baum has won a Mellon Fellowship for Dissertation Research in Original Sources through the Council on Library and Information Resources, a very competitive and prestigious award indeed. This CLIR Mellon will be added to the fellowship he has already won from the Institute for European History (Mainz), which will facilitate twenty months of research for his dissertation project, which is supervised by Craig Koslofsky.
Danielle Kinsey, completing her dissertation under the supervision of Antoinette Burton, has accepted a tenure-track position at Carleton University (Ottawa), in the history of "Nineteenth Century Europe and the World."
Kristen Ehrenberger has been awarded a DAAD fellowship for 2010-11 to pursue her dissertation research in Germany, specifically in Dresden, Leipzig, Chemnitz, Dortmund, and more.
Jacob Baum has been awarded a twelve-month dissertation research fellowship by the Institute for European History, Mainz, Germany, for 2010-11, for his project, "Sensory Perception, Religious Ritual and Reformation in Germany, 1450-1560."
Alice Jones-Nelson and Ryan Jones have each been awarded a Nelle M. Signor Graduate Scholarship by the Office of International Programs and Studies in support of their international dissertation research, Alice's in Africa and Ryan's in Mexico.
Janine Giordano has won an Everett Helm Visiting Fellowship to do research at the Lilly Library in Bloomington, Indiana. Her research will focus on the papers of Upton Sinclair and Marcet and Emanuel Haldeman-Julius, and the grant will be used for travel, living and research expenses.
Jacob Baum has been awarded the Carl S. Meyer Prize by the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference for his paper, "Incense and Idolatry: The Reformation of Olfaction in Late Medieval Germany." He will be formally recognized at the 2010 Montréal conference of the society.
Michelle Kleehammer is the recipient of a "Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant" from the National Science Foundation, specifically from i" Science, Technology, and Society Division (STS). Michelle applied under the subheading History and Philosophy of Science, Engineering and Technology (HPS). The title of her project is "Chasing the Climate Cure in the American West: Geographies of Health and Nation in Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century American Culture".