News

  • 07/20/2020 - Daniel A. Gilbert, Professor of History and author of the 2013 book “Expanding the Strike Zone: Baseball in the Age of Free Agency,” is interviewed by News Bureau business and law editor Phil Ciciora about the labor challenges facing Major League Baseball as it restarts its 2020 season.

  • 07/15/2020 - Congratulations to History Professor Claudia Brosseder who has been honored for her contributions to the field of colonial Latin American History by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  Professor Brosseder has been named as one of the 2020 Conrad Humanities Scholars.  The Conrad Humanities Scholar Award recognizes mid-career scholars with the highest potential for continued achievement in humanities. 

  • 06/22/2020 - History professor, Mauro Nobili, who specializes in pre-colonial and early-colonial West Africa, is interviewed by New Books Network about his recent publication Sultan, Caliph, and the Renewer of the Faith.

  • 06/22/2020 - Kevin Mumford, professor of history and author of the book Newark: A History of Race, Rights, and Riots in America,  has studied racial unrest in the United States in the 20th and 21st centuries.  LAS questions him about how the George Floyd unrest can lead to change. 

  • 06/09/2020 - Kevin Mumford, Professor of History and author of Newark:  A History of Race, Rights, and Riots in America, speaks about how the LGBTQ activists of the 1960’s were influenced by the Civils Rights Movement.   Professor Mumford, whose research interests include race, politics, and sexuality in modern America, was featured in an interview by VICE Magazine.

  • 06/04/2020 - The following statement was composed by Department of History faculty and the officers of the History Graduate Student Association (HGSA). We recognize that words are necessary but not sufficient. We look forward to working together to change our department and our campus for the better. It is our hope that if you forward or post this statement, you will include this message.

  • 05/29/2020 - Congratulations to Adrian Burgos, Professor of History, who has made the MLB (Major League Baseball) list of all-time favorite baseball books.  Professor Burgos book "Playing America's Game:  Baseball, Latinos and the Color Line," is reviewed by Maria Guardado, MLB.com journalist.

  • 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.