History News

Kate Maley, Assistant Director in Secondary Teacher Education Programs in History & Social Sciences, has been awarded a Supportive Professional Staff (SPS) Presidential Award for Excellence. Read more at:


Sean Farrell will take over January 5, 2015 as the Director of Graduate Studies.  If you have graduate program questions, you can reach him at 815-753-6820 or  His new office is Zulauf 726.

Aaron Fogleman's recent book, "Two Troubled Souls," has won the American Historical Association 2014 James A. Rawley Prize in Atlantic History.

Stanley Arnold's new book, "Building the Beloved Community: Philadelphia’s Interracial Civil Rights Organizations and Race Relations, 1930-1970,” was published by the University Press of Mississippi.  NIU Today article  Celebration Photos

Heide Fehrenbach was named Faculty Mentor of the Year at the Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day, April 22, 2014.

Kate Maley has won an SPS Presidential Award for Excellence.  NIU Today article

Heide Fehrenbach has won an NEH (National Endowment for Humanities) Fellowship.

Brian Sandberg recently discussed his book, "Warrior Pursuits, Noble Culture and Civil Conflict in Early Modern France" on the New Books Network.  

Ismael Montana just published “The Abolition of Slavery in Ottoman Tunisia”.  NIU Today article

Kristy Wilson Bowers just published "Plague and Public Health in Early Modern Seville"  website

Anne Hanley has returned as Director of Graduate Studies and Valerie Garver will become the new Director of Undergraduate Studies. 

James Schmidt became Chair of the History department July 1, 2013.  We wish to thank Beatrix Hoffman for her wonderful leadership over the past five years.

J.D. Bowers will be the new Associate Vice Provost, in charge of University Honors, starting July 1, 2013

Trude Jacobsen has been awarded a 2013-14 Visiting Fellow affiliation at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine's Centre for History and Public Policy and the Centre for Global Mental Health. She will deliver a seminar on colonial psychiatry, and carry out research for her new book project, Madness and Mental Health in Mainland Southeast Asia: Buddhism, Colonialism, and Medical Modernities.

Taylor Atkins has been invited to give keynote addresses at two international conferences in 2013: at the April meeting of the European research project "Rhythm Changes: Jazz Cultures and European Identities" in Salford and Manchester, UK; and in October at the second biennial conference of the East Asian Regional Association of the International Musicological Society (IMS-EA) in Taipei, Taiwan, the theme of which will be "Musics in the Shifting Global Order."