Alumni Updates

Look here for updates from our former M.A. and Ph.D graduates.  Please send your accomplishments to, along with your degree and graduation year.  Connect with your friends and peers from your days at Northern Illinois University.

    • John Hink (PhD 2012) is on tenure-track at Concordia University in Nebraska. 
    • Robert Hanserd (PhD 2011) has received a one-year appointment as an Instructor in the Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences at Columbia College in Chicago, starting Fall 2012.
    • Cheryl Lemus (PhD 2011) was appointed assistant professor in the College of Liberal Arts at Ashford University, Iowa
    • Melissa Hayes (PhD 2010) won a 2011 Cromwell Fellowship from the American Society for Legal History.
    • Steven Peach (MA 2010) is now in the doctoral program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  He has published an article in a major journal:  "Creek Indian Globetrotter: Tomochichi's Trans-Atlantic Quest for Traditional Power in the Colonial Southeast," Ethnohistory 60:4 (Fall 2013), 605-635.
    • David Burns (PhD 2009) has a newly published book.  The Life and Death of the Radical Historical Jesus was published by Oxford University Press in February 2013.  It was recently mentioned in a July 2013 New York Times article.
    • Stacey Randall (PhD 2009) was promoted to Director of Institutional Effectiveness at Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, IL in 2011.
    • Lindsey Bier (MA 2008) was accepted into the doctoral program in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  She is a lecturer in Communication Studies at Middle Tennessee State University.
    • Chris Jaffe (PhD 2008) will be a permanent Lecturer in History at the College of DuPage, starting Spring 2014.
    • Tom Arne Midtrod (PhD 2008) has a newly released article "Native American Land Holding in the Colonial Hudson Valley," American Indian Culture and Research Journal, 37:1 (2013), 79-104.  His latest book is "The Memory of All Ancient Customs: Native American Diplomacy in the Colonial Hudson Valley" (Cornell University Press, 2012).  Tom is on tenure-track at University of Iowa.
    • Timothy Draper (PhD 2007) and Amy Godfrey Powers (PhD 2007) have been selected to participate on the American Historical Association's American History, Atlantic and Pacific (an NEH Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges Project).  They are one of only 12 faculty teams in the country that were selected for this three-year project, which includes seminars at the Huntington Library and the Library of Congress.  Amy and Timothy teach at Waubonsee Community College.
    • Amy Godfrey Powers (PhD 2007) was honored as the Illinois Community College Faculty Association (ICCFA) Instructor of the Year at the group's annual Teaching and Learning Conference on October 11, 2013. 
    • Angela Lahr (PhD 2005) has accepted a tenure-track position at Westminster College in Pennsylvania.  Angela published "Millennial Dreams and Apocalyptic Nightmares: The Cold War Origins of Political Evangelicalism" in 2007 through Oxford Press.
    • Jon Rice (PhD 1998) is working in Boston with the Freedom Trail Foundation and teaching at the University of Massachusetts, Life-Long Learning Center in fall of 2011.
    • Michael C. Hickey (NIU PhD 1993) Dept. of History, Bloomsburg University) has won the “Outstanding Reference Source Award” for 2012 from the American Library Association (Reference and User Services Association) for his book, Competing Voices from the Russian Revolution:  Fighting Words (Greenwood, 2011).   The book was also selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2011.
    • Michael Haugse (MA 1991) has been named "Principal of the Year" for 2012 by the Black Hawk Region of Illinois Principal's Association. info 
    • James Livingston (PhD 1980) has a newly released book, "Against Thrift: Why Consumer Culture is Good for the Economy, the Environment, and Your Soul" (Basic/Perseus, November 2011).
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