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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 Valerie Garver was interviewed for a Quartzy story on the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination."
- 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!
- 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.