Department of History

The Department of History is a community of scholars committed to studying the past in all its diversity. Our award-winning faculty excels in teaching, research, and engagement. Our students are deeply involved in historical study in and out of the classroom, and our alumni use their historical studies in a wide variety of careers. Our undergraduate program offers a fascinating, flexible major that permits study of the broadest possible range of human experience, while our graduate programs support advanced study at both the M.A. and Ph.D. levels. Aspiring and current teachers advance their careers through our educator licensure program in history and social sciences.

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In Memoriam

The History Department commemorates the life of Professor Emeritus Albert (Al) Resis, who passed away on March 10, 2021, at the age of 99. A specialist in Soviet history who earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University, Resis was a professor in NIU's History department from 1964 until his retirement in 1992. His research focused on foreign policy, and his many publications included the notable 1988 book Stalin, the Politburo and the Onset of the Cold War: 1945-1946. Former colleagues remember Resis as a warm and gracious presence in the department, a supportive ally for women on the faculty, and a great lover of books: "Towering library shelves lined the walls of his house," recalls Professor Emerita Elaine Spencer. Resis was also a classical music aficionado. He will be missed by the many NIU colleagues and students whose lives he enriched.

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Due to COVID-19, the History Department office in Zulauf 715 is closed. Faculty and staff are all working remotely and can be contacted by email.

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