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Latest Faculty Books
Dr. Anne Hanley has published The Public Good and the Brazilian State: Municipal Finance and Public Services in São Paulo, 1822-1930 with University of Chicago Press.
Dr. E. Taylor Atkins has published A History of Popular Culture in Japan, From the Seventeenth Century to the Present with Bloomsbury Academic.
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.
- Professor Sean Farrell has won a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend for his next book project, “The Trillick Railway Outrage of 1854: Making Sectarianism in Victorian Ireland.” This is the second NEH Summer Stipend won by NIU History faculty in as many years (Anne Hanley won one in 2017).
- Presidential Research Professor Aaron Fogleman has won a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship to support work on his new book project, Immigrant Voices: European and African Stories of Freedom, Unfreedom, and Identity in the Americas Through Four Centuries.
- Professor Anne Hanley has won the Wilma D. Stricklin Award, in recognition of her exemplary and continual leadership and service resulting in a more favorable campus climate for women.
- Professors Emma Kuby and Amanda Littauer have both won NIU's Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Awards for AY 2017-18; History faculty won two of three awards given this year!
- Professor Damián Fernández has won a fellowship from the Cornell University Society for the Humanities for AY 2018-19, to work on his second monograph, on rebellion and political culture in the Visigothic kingdom of Toledo. He has also won a prestigious fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies, to work on a translation of the Book of Judgments (Liber ludiciorum), a law code issued in 654 by Recceswinth, king of the Visigoths, for the territory of Iberia and southern France.
- Professor Andy Bruno has won the 2017-18 HSS/NASA Fellowship in the History of Space Science, to study the history of the mysterious Tunguska explosion of 1908 that happened over a desolate region of Siberia and the efforts by amateurs, scientists, and even science fiction writers to understand it.
- Ph.D. candidate Nicole Dressler has received the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center.
- We are pleased to announce that associate professor Valerie Garver will be our department chair starting on July 1 this year. The History faculty and staff are grateful to Professor Garver for her willingness to serve, and to Professor Jim Schmidt for five years of conscientious leadership during a difficult period for NIU.
- Professor Taylor Atkins was interviewed for the BBC World Service documentary "Jazzing Up Japan." His research on the Korean folk song "Arirang" was cited in a New York Times article on the song's ubiquity at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
- We sadly announce the passing of our former colleague David Wagner on January 17, 2018. Professor Wagner taught at NIU for 42 years, founded and coordinated the Concentration in Medieval Studies, and served as faculty advisor for Phi Alpha Theta. He also created a Medieval Studies Endowment Fund to support student research in the Concentration. He is survived by his wife Renie B. Adams. Contributions can be made to the David L. Wanger Distinguished Leadership and Symposium Fund for Humanistic Inquiry at the Newberry Library.