Look here for updates from our former M.A. and Ph.D graduates. Please send your accomplishments to JHendrickson@niu.edu, along with your degree and graduation year. Connect with your friends and peers from your days at Northern Illinois University.
Christopher Anderson (MA 2016) began his Ph.D. in History at the University of Illinois-Chicago in Fall 2016.
Janette Clay (MA 2016) began her Ph.D. in History at Loyola University in Chicago in Fall 2016.
Justin Iverson (MA 2016) began his Ph.D. in History at Northern Illinois University in Fall 2016.
Molly Kroker (MA 2016) works at the prestigious Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois.
Edward Bates (PhD 2016) currently teaches at the College of DuPage.
Gregory Bereiter (PhD 2016) is working at the Naval History & Heritage Command, Washington, D.C.
Katie Sutrina-Haney (PhD 2016) is the university archivist at Indiana State University.
Adam Lopez, (MA 2015) accepted a position as Program Coordinator for the Office of Intercultural Relations at Lake Forest College.
Benjamin Schmack (MA 2015) won the best graduate student essay award at the Mid-America American Studies Association. His paper was entitled, “Denouncing the Masked Order’: Radicalism, Identity, and Dissent in the UWMA”.
Gerald Daniel Louis (MA, 2015) has begun the PhD program at Queen's University Belfast under the direction of Dr Emma Reisz and Dr Ashok Malhotra. The research - "The East India Company and transportation of Indian convicts to the Straits Settlements, 1796-1857".
Michael Lovell (MA, 2015) will attend the University of Tennessee for his Ph.D. work in medieval history.
Traci Brindle (MA 2014) accepted a position as Chief Curator of the mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, CT.
William Avila (MA 2014) received the bronze Career Services Internship/Co-op Student of the Year award for 2014-2015 for his work with the Flagg Township Museum, Rochelle, IL. Working with the Glidden Homestead Museum, DeKalb IL.
Jennifer Nevins (MA 2014) has a piece, Standing Behind, Riding Astride: The Patriotic Order of Americans 1897-1924 published in the Spring 2015 edition of the University of Toronto’s Past Tense history journal.
Alex Revzan (MA 2014) discovered previously unknown film footage of the 1915 Eastland Disaster in Chicago, in February 2015. He received considerable media coverage with articles in the NIU Today and the Chicago Tribune.
Steven Barleen (PhD 2012) will be an instructor at Clinton Community College start Fall 2014. Stevenreceived a Harry E. Pratt outstanding Scholarship Award for Best Article in the Vol. 106 of The Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society: "The Saloon on the Prairie: The Family and the Saloon in Braidwood, Illinois, 1865-1886".
John Hink (PhD 2012) is on tenure-track at Concordia University in Nebraska.
James Prescott (PhD 2012) published an article, “Ramon Magasay – the Myth and the Man: Philippine Politics and Philippine-American Relations, 1950-1957,” Journal of American-East Asian Relations, 23 (2016), pp. 7-32.
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. Robert (faculty, Columbia College) had an article published in the latest 2015 issue of Atlantic Studies. The article is entitled "Okomfo Anokye Formed a Tree to Hide from the Akwamu: Priestly Power, Freedom, and Enslavement in the Afro-Atlantic".
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. He successfully defended his dissertation entitled "The Three Rivers have Talked': The Creek Indians and Community Politics in the Native South, 1753-1821," directed by Dr. Greg O'Brien, UNC Greensboro. And, he just took a 2-3 year visiting professor position in Early American History at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany.
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.
Michael Hawkins (PhD 2009) became tenured/promoted in March 2015 at Creighton University.
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.
David Thomas (MA 2008) has accepted a one-year position at the University of South Florida 2014-2015.
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 been promoted to associate professor with tenure in the Department of History at the University of Iowa. His latest 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).
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.
Michelle Podkowa (MA 2007) is the DuPage Museum manager and educator.
Amy Godfrey Powers (PhD 2007) was honored as the Illinois Community College Faculty Association (ICCFA) at the group's annual Teaching and Learning Conference on October 11, 2013. 2016-2018 American Association of Community Colleges Faculty Council at Waubonsee Community College.
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.
Lucy Eldersveld Murphy (PhD 1995) was promoted from Associate to Full Professor at The Ohio State University (Newark OH) where she has taught since 1999.
Michael C. Hickey (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.
William A. Pelz (PhD 1983) has a book entitled "A People's History of Modern Europe" published by Pluto Press in London (Distributed by the Univeristy of Chicago Press) 2016.
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).