Modern U.S. History

The US History program offers a comprehensive program in U.S. history since 1830, with faculty strengths in histories of race and ethnicity, medicine, sexuality, sports, labor, social policy, and empire, as well as social, cultural, gender, regional (Midwest, South, and far West), urban, environmental, and transnational histories.  In the course of their studies, graduate students become familiar with a variety of research methods and analytical approaches, not only within their main field but also comparatively, because all students are required to take some coursework outside their main geographic area.  The program provides close and sustained supervision of graduate students in acquiring undergraduate teaching experience.ma3

Graduate students are encouraged to take advantage of the resources of the University available in a variety of centers, programs, lecture series, and colloquia. The Department of African American Studies, the Department of Gender and Women's Studies, the Department of Latina/Latino Studies, the Department of Asian American Studies, and the Center for Global Studies are among the units that offer excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary training and introduction to scholars in related disciplines. U.S. history graduate students interested in cultural studies have often supplemented their training in the history department through involvement in joint seminars offered with the Department of Anthropology and the programs of the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory and the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities.

The University Library, the third largest research library in the United States, has outstanding collections in modern U.S. history.  It is also a leader in promoting access to digitized newspapers, books, periodicals, and archives.

Core Faculty

Ikuko Asaka (Ph.D. Wisconsin-Madison, 2010) African American Diaspora and Transnational History; Race, Intimacy, and Empire; Gender and Sexuality; U.S. in the World to 1877

Adrian Burgos, Jr. (Ph.D. Michigan, 2000) U.S. Latino history, Sport History, Urban History, Immigration

Sundiata Cha-Jua (Ph.D. UIUC, 1993) Histories of African American Resistance and Community Building; Radical Black Intellectual Traditions; Culturally Relevant Pedagogies.

Augusto Espiritu (Ph.D. UCLA, 2000) Asian American Intellectuals, Transnationalism, post-Colonialism, Race and Gender, 1898 and American Empire

Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert (Ph.D. California-Riverside, 2006) Native American history, American Indian Studies, history of Indian education, history of the American West, American Indians and sports.

Kristin Hoganson (Ph.D. Yale, 1995) United States in world context, cultures of U.S. imperialism, globalization.

Rana Hogarth (Ph.D. Yale, 2012) Science, Technology and Medicine; Race and Ethnicity; Colonial North America and Early US to 1830

Erik McDuffie (Ph.D. NYU, 2003) African American Studies

Robert Morrissey (Ph.D. Yale, 2006) Early America, Atlantic World, Borderlands History, Environmental History

Kevin Mumford (Ph.D., Stanford University, 1993), Cultural and Intellectual; African American and Urban History

Kathryn Oberdeck (Ph.D. Yale, 1991) U.S. 19th and 20th century intellectual and cultural history

Leslie Reagan (Ph.D. Wisconsin-Madison, 1991) U.S. medicine and public health, history of women and gender

Affiliated Faculty

James Anderson (Ph.D. UIUC, 1973) Educational Policy Studies

Trish Loughran (Ph.D. Chicago, 2000) English

Dorothee Schneider (Ph.D. Munich, 1983) United States; 19th century immigrant and labor history

Daniel Schneider (Ph.D. Wisconsin-Madison 1990) Urban and regional planning

Some research and teaching clusters in the modern U.S. field

ma1Race, Class, and Ethnicity

James Anderson, Adrian Burgos, Jr., Sundiata Cha-JuaAugusto EspirituMatthew Sakiestewa Gilbert, Rana HogarthErik McDuffie, Kevin MumfordKathryn OberdeckDorothee Schneider.

Women's and Gender History  

Ikuko AsakaAdrian Burgos, JrAugusto EspirituKristin HogansonErik McDuffieKevin MumfordKathryn OberdeckLeslie Reagan.ma2

Cultural and Intellectual History and the History of Popular Culture  

Adrian Burgos, Jr.Sundiata Cha-Jua Augusto EspirituKristin HogansonTrish Loughran, Kevin MumfordKathryn Oberdeck.

Histories of the Midwest, South and Far West 

Adrian Burgos, Augusto EspirituMatthew Sakiestewa Gilbert , Kristin Hoganson, Erik McDuffieRobert Morrissey.

Environmental History

Kristin Hoganson, Rana HogarthRobert MorrisseyLeslie ReaganDaniel Schneider, Rod Wilson.

United States in World Context 

Ikuko AsakaAdrian Burgos, Jr.Augusto EspirituKristin HogansonKevin Mumford, Leslie Reagan.

ma4History of Labor (See also Comparative Labor

James Barrett (Ph.D. Pittsburgh, 1981) 20th Century U.S.; social and labor history, the radical tradition in the US, race and ethnicity

Bruce Levine (Ph.D. Rochester, 1980) The Civil War era; 19th century U.S. social, economic, cultural, and political

Kathryn Oberdeck (Ph.D. Yale, 1991) U.S. 19th and 20th century intellectual and cultural history

ma5History of Technology, Medicine, Science, and Public Health 

Lillian Hoddeson 20th century US science and technology, industrial research, particle physics, solid-state physics, big science, nuclear weapons

Evan Melhado (Professor Emeritus) Physical sciences in 18th and 19th century Europe, European and American medicine from the 17th century

Leslie Reagan (Ph.D. Wisconsin-Madison, 1991) U.S. medicine and public health, history of women and gender

Cultural and Intellectual History and the History of Popular Culture  

Adrian Burgos, Jr. (Ph.D. Michigan, 2000) U.S. Latino history, Sport History, Urban History, Immigration

Sundiata Cha-Jua (Ph.D. UIUC, 1993) Histories of African American Resistance and Community Building; Radical Black Intellectual Traditions; Culturally Relevant Pedagogies

 Augusto Espiritu (Ph.D. UCLA, 2000) Asian American Intellectuals, Transnationalism, post-Colonialism, Race and Gender, 1898 and American Empire

Kristin Hoganson (Ph.D. Yale, 1995) United States in world context, cultures of U.S. imperialism, globalization

Frederick Hoxie (Ph.D. Brandeis, 1977) Swanlund Professor, American social and political history; race and ethnicity, Native American history, U.S., American Indian, U.S. Politics

Kevin Mumford (Ph.D., Stanford University, 1993), Cultural and Intellectual; African American and Urban History

Kathryn Oberdeck (Ph.D. Yale, 1991) U.S. 19th and 20th century intellectual and cultural history

ma6War and Society, Social Policy, and Political History  

Sundiata Cha-Jua (Ph.D. UIUC, 1993) Histories of African American Resistance and Community Building; Radical Black Intellectual Traditions; Culturally Relevant Pedagogies

Kristin Hoganson (Ph.D. Yale, 1995) United States in world context, cultures of U.S. imperialism, globalization

Frederick Hoxie (Ph.D. Brandeis, 1977) Swanlund Professor, American social and political history; race and ethnicity, Native American history, U.S., American Indian, U.S. Politics

Mark Leff (Professor Emeritus) Post-1900 public policy and social movements, war and society, and civil liberties

Bruce Levine (Ph.D. Rochester, 1980) The Civil War era; 19th century U.S. social, economic, cultural, and political

Evan Melhado (Professor Emeritus) Physical sciences in 18th and 19th century Europe, European and American medicine from the 17th century

Leslie Reagan (Ph.D. Wisconsin-Madison, 1991) U.S. medicine and public health, history of women and gender