About Us

History is the study of change over time, but it's also the story of who we are as people, how our world was created, and what we value and believe. Our faculty members are leaders in their fields, our graduate students typically go on to secure tenure-track jobs in universities and colleges throughout the nation, and our undergraduates have the freedom to explore their variety of interests while remaining grounded in the mainstream of the discipline. The Department of History is an exciting place to be. 

Why Major in History?

Because every succeeding generation has new questions to ask of the past, history is constantly being rewritten, which makes it an exciting, dramatic discipline. Perhaps of equal importance, studying history allows students to develop skills in demand in the workplace. Read more about majoring in history and how the skills you'll learn has a history major will help you in the job market.

Living and Learning in Chicago 

UIC is located near the center of Chicago and offers students an opportunity to experience the city as part of the campus in a way a “college town" campus cannot. Read more about living and learning in a dynamic urban campus in the heart of downtown Chicago.

Chicago is also an ideal space for historical exploration. See how one professor explores every day life in the neighborhood now known as University Village around the turn of the 20th century Chicago In The Vicinity of Maxwell and Halsted Streets


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Faculty Publications:

Here are a list of publications by our award winning faculty

Keely Book Cover Liechty Book Cover Daly Book Cover fink_progressives fink_sweatshops countryside 9781441118516 Odyssey_cover_FINAL_Shopify_1024x1024 PA283920 Zinon Papakonstantinou and Eleni Fournaraki, eds., <em>Sport, Bodily Culture and Classical Antiquity in Modern Greece</em> (London: Routledge, 2011). Zinon Papakonstantinou, ed., <em>Sport in the Cultures of the Ancient World: New Perspectives</em> (London: Routledge, 2010). Zinon Papakonstantinou, <em>Lawmaking and Adjudication in Archaic Greece</em> (London: Duckworth, 2008). Rama Sundari Mantena, <em>The Origins of Modern Historiography in India: Antiquarianism and Philology, 1780-1880</em> (Palgrave, 2012). Aukje Kluge and Benn E. Williams, eds., <em>Re-examining the Holocaust Through Literature</em> (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009). Robert D. Johnston, <em>The Making of America: The History of the United States From 1492 to the Present</em> (National Geographic, 2nd. ed. 2010). Liechty, Mark. <em>Suitably Modern: Making Middle-Class Culture in a New Consumer Soceity.</em> Princeton University Press, 2003. Jordan, Nicole. <em>The Popular Front and Central Europe: The Dilemmas of French Impotence, 1918-1940.</em> Cambridge University Press, 1992. Sack, James. <em>From Jacobite to Conservative: Reaction and Orthodoxy in Britain, c. 1760-1832.</em> Cambridge, 1993. Johnston, Robert ed. <em>The Politics of Healing: Histories of Alternative Medicine in Twentieth-Century North America.</em> Routledge, 2004. Burt Bledstein and Robert Johnston, ed. <em>The Middling Sorts: Explorations in the History of the American Middle Class.</em> Routledge, 2001. Fink, Leon. <em>The Maya of Morganton: Work and Community in the Nuevo New South.</em> UNC Press, 2003. Tantillo, Astrida Orle. <em>Goethe's Modernisms.</em> Continuum, 2010. Stauter-Halsted, Keely. <em>The Nation in the Village: The Genesis of Peasant National Identity in Austrian Poland, 1848-1914.</em> Cornell University Press, 2001. Sklansky, Jeffrey. <em>The Soul's Economy: Market Society and Selfhood in American Thought, 1820-1920.</em> UNC Press, 2002. Searing, James F. <em>West African Slavery and Atlantic Commerce: The Senegal River Valley, 1700-1860.</em> Cambridge University Press, 1993. Ransby, Barbara. <em>Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision.</em> UNC Press, 2003. Richard Levy and Albert Lindemann, eds. <em>Antisemitism: A History.</em> Oxford University Press, 2010. Levy, Richard, editor. <em>Antisemitism: A Historical Encyclopedia of Prejudice and Persecution.</em> ABC-CLIO Press, 2005. Levine, Susan. <em>School Lunch Politics: The Surprising History of America's Favorite Welfare Program.</em> Princeton University Press, 2008. Keen, Ralph. <em>The Christian Tradition.</em> Prentice Hall, 2001. Johnston, Robert. <em>The Radical Middle Class: Populist Democracy and the Question of Capitalism in Progressive Era Portland, Oregon.</em> 1st ed. Princeton University Press, 2003. Zweiniger-Bargielowska, Ina. <em>Austerity in Britain: Rationing, Controls, and Consumption, 1939-1955.</em> Oxford University Press, 2000. Zweiniger-Bargielowska, Ina. <em>Women in Twentieth-Century Britain.</em> Longman/Pearson Education, 2001. Hostetler, Laura. <em>Qing Colonial Enterprise: Ethnography and Cartography in Early Modern China.</em> University of Chicago Press, 2001. Fink, Leon, ed. <em>Workers Across the Americas: The Transnational Turn in Labor History.</em&gt. Oxford University Press, 2011. Fanning, Steven. <em>Mystics of the Christian Tradition.</em> Routledge, 2001. Daly, Jonathan. <em>The Watchful State: Security Police and Opposition in Russia, 1906-1917.</em> Northern Illinois University Press, 2004. Daly, Jonathan. <em>Autocracy Under Siege: Security Police and Opposition in Russia, 1866-1905.</em> Northern Illinois University Press, 1998. D'Emilio, John. <em>The World Turned: Essays on Gay History, Politics, and Culture.</em> Duke University Press, 2002. D'Emilio, John. <em>Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin.</em> The Free Press, 2003. Blair, Cynthia. <em>I've Got to Make My Livin': Black Women's Sex Work in Turn-of-the-Century Chicago.</em> University of Chicago Press, 2011. Brier, Jennifer. <em>Infactious Ideas: US Political Responses to the AIDS Crisis.</em> UNC Press, 2010. McCloskey, Deirdre N. <em>The Bourgeois Virtues: Ethics for an Age of Commerce.</em> 1st ed. University Of Chicago Press, 2007. Levine, Susan. <em>Degrees of Equality: The American Association of University Women and the Challenge of Twentieth-Century Feminism.</em> 1st ed. Temple University Press, 1995. Ralph Keen, <em>Exile and Restoration in Jewish Thought: An Essay In Interpretation</em> (Continuum, 2009). David Michael Deal and Laura Hostetler, <em>The Art of Ethnography: A Chinese "Miao Album"</em> (University of Washington Press, 2007). Hoppe, Kirk A. <em>Lords of the Fly: Sleeping Sickness Control in British East Africa, 1900-1960.</em> Greenwood, 2003. Fidelis, Malgorzata. <em>Women, Communism, and Industrialization in Postwar Poland.</em> Cambridge University Press, 2010. Bachrach, Bernard S., and Steven Fanning. <em>The ’Annals’ of Flodoard of Reims, 919-966.</em> 2nd ed. University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division, 2004. Boyer, Christopher. <em>Becoming Campesinos: Politics, Identity, and Agrarian Struggle in Postrevolutionary Michoacan, 1920-1935.</em> 1st ed. Stanford University Press, 2003. Perman, Michael. <em>Pursuit of Unity: A Political History of the American South.</em> The University of North Carolina Press, 2010. Schultz, Kevin M. <em>Tri-Faith America: How Catholics and Jews Held Postwar America to Its Protestant Promise.</em> Oxford University Press, USA, 2011. Searing, James F. <em>God Alone Is King : Islam and Emancipation in Senegal : The Wolof Kingdoms of Kajoor and Bawol, 1859-1914.</em> Heinemann, 2001. Zweiniger-Bargielowska, Ina. <em>Managing the Body: Beauty, Health, and Fitness in Britain 1880-1939.</em> Oxford University Press, USA, 2011.