PhD Alumna Lauren Braun-Strumfels wins Fulbright to Italy

Professor Lauren Braun-Strumfels (Raritan Valley Community College) has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award for 2019-2020: A Research Lectureship in American Studies at the University of Roma Tre, in Rome, Italy.  Her award…

Fullbright Finalist: Frankee Lyons

Frankee Lyons, a UIC doctoral candidate in history, will travel to Poland to continue historical research on Polish-Jewish life and migration in the 1950s. Based in Warsaw for nine months starting in September, she…

Brownbag: Daniel Immerwahr on "How to Hide An Empire"

Join our Brownbag this Wednesday, March 13, 2019, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. Our Northwestern colleague Daniel Immerwahr will be here to talk about his new book, How to Hide an Empire: A History of…

Lynn Hudson Quoted in The New York Times

Professor Lynn Hudson is extensively quoted in a recent article in the New York Times. Hudson is interviewed in a profile of Mary Ellen Pleasant, who was entrepreneur, financier, real estate magnate and abolitionist.…

Brown Bag on Graduate Exams!

Join us on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 12 pm – 1 pm in UH 950 for our weekly BrownBag! We will discuss the new format of the exams, which goes into effect in March. In…

UIC scholar honored for work serving the ‘public good’

Barbara Ransby, a University of Illinois at Chicago historian, writer, and activist, is the recipient of the American Studies Association’s 2018 Angela Y. Davis Prize for Public Scholarship, which recognizes scholars who have…

Valedictory for Prof. Robert Johnston at JGAPE

Robert Johnson has recently completed a five-year term as co-editor of the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. According to Dr. Kristin Hoganson, President of the Society for Historians of the Gilded…

Keely Stauter-Halsted Presents our Weekly Brownbag

On November 7, Professor Keely Stauter-Halsted will be presenting our weekly brownbag series on: “Violence by Other Means: Citizen Denunciations and Internment Camps in Post World War I Poland.”

New book details six decades of black politics, education reform

Our Esteemed Faculty member and colleague, Elizabeth Todd-Breland will discuss her findings and the related ongoing implications during an Oct. 26 event hosted by UIC’s Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy; Social Justice Institute,…

We Made the News!

Congratulations to the UIC Department of History for being selected to be part of two American Historical Association-led initiatives funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. You can read the full article here.

Prof. Jonathan Daly on Putin's Russia

Author of Crime and Punishment in Russia: A Comparative History from Peter the Great to Vladimir Putin (Bloomsbury, 2018)

Faculty In The News

Prof. Jenny Brier Interviewed by Chicago Public Radio

History Matters 2017

Read about the department's various activities in Fall 2017

Stauter-Halsted wins the AHA's 2016 Joan Kelly Prize for best book in women's history

Keely Stauter-Halsted, Professor of History and Hejna Family Chair in Polish Studies, has been selected as the winner of the 2016 Joan Kelly Memorial Prize for her book _The Devil's Chain: Prostitution and Social Control in Partitioned Poland_ (Cornell Univ. Press, 2015). The Kelly Prize is awarded annually by the American Historical Association (AHA) to honor the best book in women’s history and/or feminist theory.

Laura Hostetler gives talk at Ricci Institute at the University of San Francisco

Laura Hostetler gave a talk on the current disputes in the South China Sea at the San Francisco Museum of Asian Art as part of a symposium she co-chaired for the Ricci Institute at the University of San Francisco in April 2016. The symposium title was “Reimagining the Globe and Cultural Exchange: From the World Maps of Ricci and Verbiest to Google Earth,” the talk title “China’s Maritime Claims: Perspectives from the History of Cartography.”

Professor John Abbott to receive 2016 Silver Circle Award for Excellence in Teaching

Professor John Abbott has been selected as a recipient of the 2016 Silver Circle Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award grantees are selected by graduating seniors; it is one of the highest distinctions UIC offers in recognition of classroom excellence. He will receive his award at the LAS Commencement ceremony on May 8 2016.

Professor Boyer Wins Book Award

Professor Christopher Boyer's book Political Landscapes: Forests, Conservation, and Community in Mexico (Duke University Press, 2015) won the best book in Social Sciences from the Mexican Studies committee of the Latin American Studies Association.

Professor Jennifer Brier and History Moves "In Plain Sight" Exhibition opens March 4

In Plain Sight is a public exhibition inspired by an ongoing project called "I'm Still Surviving: A Women's History of HIV/AIDS in the United States." Professor Brier is the lead historian for the exhibition and book. The project's graphic design was led by Matt Wizinsky, assistant professor of design at the University of Cincinnati.

Robert Johnston wins grant for NEH Summer Institute

Robert Johnston has won a grant from the NEH for a Summer Institute for K-12 teachers entitled “Rethinking the Gilded Age and Progressive Era,” which will convene at UIC from June 26 to July 22.

Melvin G. "Mel" Holli, 1933-2016

Professor of History Emeritus and former chair of the department Melvin G. "Mel" Holli passed away on January 7, 2016. Holli was a founding member of the Department of History at what was then known as the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle. An expert on urban history, particularly that of Detroit and Chicago, he had a strong interest in the history of mayoralty and of immigration to the United States.

Parsons named Soros Justice Fellow by the Open Society Foundation

2013 Ph.D. graduate Anne Parsons has been named a 2015 Soros Justice Fellow by the Open Society Foundation to complete work on a book exploring the link between the deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill and the rise of mass incarceration.

Kevin Schultz Interviewed on MSNBC

Kevin Schultz appeared on MSNBC's June 5 program, "The Cycle" to discuss his new book, Buckley and Mailer: The Difficult Friendship That Shaped the Sixties.

Javier Villa-Flores named a fellow of the National Humanities Center for the 2015-16 academic year.

Javier Villa-Flores, University of Illinois at Chicago associate professor of Latin American and Latino studies and history, has been named a fellow of the National Humanities Center for the 2015-16 academic year. Villa-Flores, who studies religious issues, colonialism, performance studies and the social history of language in colonial Mexico, will join 36 other distinguished scholars from 32 institutions across the United States and eight foreign countries working on a wide array of projects. He will also have opportunities to participate in seminars, lectures and conferences.

OAH to create a prize in honor of John D’Emilio

The Organization of American Historians (OAH) Committee on the Status of LGBTQ Historians and Histories is very proud to announce the launch of a fundraising campaign to support the creation of an annual Ph.D. dissertation prize in U.S. LGBTQ history. The prize will be named in honor of John D’Emilio and administered by the OAH.

Leon Fink awarded the ILHA Book of the Year Award

The International Labor History Association (ILHA) is pleased to announce the ILHA Book of the Year Award for 2014. The volume, Workers in Hard Times, edited by Leon Fink, Joseph McCartin, and Joan Sangster (University of Illinois Press, 2014), represents a cogent contribution to labor history with lessons drawn from past and present worker struggles.

Graduate Student James Mestaz Wins Adrian Bantjes Best Graduate Student Paper Award

James Mestaz received the Adrian Bantjes Best Graduate Student Paper Award from The Rocky Mountain Council in Latin American Studies (RMCLAS) for his paper, “Their Technology, Our Way: Mayo Uses of Fuerte River Infrastructure,1930-1950” which he presented at the 62nd Annual Meeting in Tucson, Arizona, April 8-11 2015.

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