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Welcome to History at NIU! We are a community of scholars committed to studying the past in all its diversity. Our award-winning faculty excels in teaching, research, and engagement. Our students are deeply involved in historical study in and out of the classroom, and our alumni use their historical studies in a wide variety of careers. Our undergraduate program offers a fascinating, flexible major that permits study of the broadest possible range of human experience, while our graduate programs support advanced study at both the M.A. and Ph.D. levels. Aspiring and current teachers advance their careers through our educator licensure program in history and social sciences. 


Latest Faculty Books

Dr. Damián Fernández has published Aristocrats and Statehood in Western Iberia, 300-600 C.E. with University of Pennsylvania Press.

Dr. Andrea Smalley has published Wild By Nature: North American Animals Confront Colonization with Johns Hopkins University Press.


Latest Awards

  • Dr. Ismael Montana has been awarded the Yvonne Captain Faculty Award for Outstanding Contributions to International Education by the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars! This award recognizes that his “record of international scholarship and contributions is truly outstanding.”
  • Dr. Anne Hanley receives NEH Award to continue her research on Brazil's economy.


  • Kathryn Voight's poster #100, "Aufseherin: Female German Nazi Camp Guards and Post-War Justice” took first place at URAD 2017 in the Arts, Education, Health, Humanities and Social Sciences poster category and the First Place Humanities Award. 
  • Undergraduate student, Katy Voight, and graduate student, Jana Knezovic, were named the 2016-2017 Outstanding Women Students.
  • Chester David Carlson (M.A.) and Ian Burns (Ph.D.) were awarded the 2016-2017 Outstanding Graduate Student Award.

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