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Successful Students and Alumni


Welcome, Huskies! We're proud of our current students and our alumni.  Read on to hear what your amazing things our students and alumni have been doing! We'd love to know what you've been doing, whether that be last year or way back. So send us your news, and we'll let your fellow Huskies know what you've been up to.

Featured Student


Rachel Jacob, a double major in History and Political Science, has been named NIU's 2017 Lincoln Laureate. Professor Beatrix Hoffman praises her as "quite simply, the most ambitious and accomplished student I have worked with in my 21 years at Northern Illinois University." In addition to serving as president of the Student Association in 2017-18, and minoring in Economics and Southeast Asian Studies, Jacob has studied abroad in Indonesia twice and held three internships, including one on Capital Hill with U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly. Under the mentorship of Professor Hoffman and political science professor Artemus Ward, Jacob also undertook three major research projects related to employment law and women’s rights. They resulted in U.S. Library of Congress archive work, a first-place award during NIU’s Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day, a position paper for Rep. Kelly’s office and a public presentation in Indonesia, which Jacob delivered in the Indonesian language.

Featured Alumni

david-obergDavid Oberg (M.A., 1998) is the 2017 Alumnus of the Year. A mentor in the field of public history, David is the Executive Director of the Elmhurst (IL) History Museum. He is the former director of the Grayslake Heritage Center and the Geneva History Center. He served as President of the Illinois Association of Museums.  


Noah Blan

Noah Blan (M.A., 2011) is the 2016 Alumnus of the year. Noah is pursuing Ph.D. work at the University of Michigan, where he studies the intersection of nature and sovereignty in the medieval European Carolingian empire from c. 780-814 CE. As ruler, Charlemagne inaugurated an ambitious project that sought to transform the environment from a rural wilderness into a garden of curated plants, animals, and people. Combining written sources with archaeological data, Noah’s dissertation reconstructs the ideological underpinnings of this program and its role in the environmental and political transformations of the Carolingian era.


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