News

  • 05/19/2020 - Kenneth Cuno, professor of the modern Middle East, received the Illinois Student Government Teaching Excellence Award.  This award is given by students to recognize and thank excellent instructors at the University of Illinois.  We enthusiastically join his students in honoring and congratulating him!

  • 05/08/2020 - History professor, Carol Symes, who specializes in medieval studies, along with professors in anthropology and French and Italian, compare past plagues with the current COVID-19 health crisis.

  • 04/27/2020 - Carol Symes, professor of medieval history, lectures about the 14th-century bubonic plague, or "Black Death," and what we can learn from it in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 04/22/2020 - Assistant Professor of History, Rana Hogarth, has been named as one of LAS's 2020-2021 Helen Corley Petit Scholars for her contributions in education and research. 

  • 04/22/2020 - Saniya Ghanoiu, Department of History graduate student, has been awarded the sixth annual Graduate Student Leadership Award by The Graduate College.

  • 04/21/2020 - Epidemics often bring a search for scapegoats, with anti-Asian harassment in the wake of COVID-19 as the latest example.  Rana Hogarth, Assistant Professor of History, points to social and political tensions as underlying reason why groups blame the marginalized for outbreaks during epidemics. 

  • 04/13/2020 - David Sepkoski, the Thomas M. Seibel Chair in History of Science, has been named a 2020 Geggenheim Fellow.  He will use his fellowship to to work on a book about scientific debates in recent decades over the biological and genetic basis for human nature.

  • 04/06/2020 - The History Department at the University of Illinois condemns the repeated use of the racist phrase “Chinese virus” to identify Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

  • 03/20/2020 - The New York Times describes Peter Fritzsche's new book, Hitler's First 100 Days, as "elegant and sobering." 

  • 02/14/2020 - We are delighted to announce that Professor Marsha Barrett has been honored as a Lincoln Excellence for Assistant Professors (LEAP) Scholar by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for her outst

  • 02/10/2020 - The Department of History heartily congratulates Professor Rana Hogarth for winning the LAS Dean's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and PhD Candidate Beth Ann Williams for winning the LAS Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching by a Graduate Teaching Assistant!

  • 01/14/2020 - Through the years, Professor Mauro Nobili has pieced together evidence that shows the Tarikh al-fattash, a West African chronicle written in Arabic that is widely believed to have been produced in the 17th century, was in fact written by someone else entirely in the 19th century.

  • 11/26/2019 - History major Taylor Mazique's 'Election Candidates Crash Course' galvanizes first-time voters. “Yes, you’re 18, but you can vote,” Taylor says. “You have the right to vote, and your vote will matter. So go ahead and go do it.”

  • 11/22/2019 - Antoinette Burton, professor of history, has been named the Maybelle Leland Swanlund Endowed Chair, and Jeffrey Moore, a professor of chemistry, has been named the Stanley O. Ikenberry Endowed Chair. They were recognized during a recent investiture ceremony.

  • 11/05/2019 - Professor David Sepkoski works to realize the potential of bringing together the studies of STEM and humanities.