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  • History major Jeremy Knoll will be publishing his original research on Illinois Civil War monuments in the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, the leading historical journal for Illinois history.
  • Simi Ayegbusi won the 2021 Dr. Frederick L. Kitterle Memorial Scholarship from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 
  • Connor Baxa, an incoming B.A. student in the department, is doing an internship in summer 2021 with the Mellon Foundation and Humanities Collaboratory at Johns Hopkins University. He will be working on a study of American comic books during WWII. 
  • Jeremy Knoll, a junior double-majoring in History and Economics and minoring in German, had a good year. Last spring he completed a Research Rookies project that he presented at Research and Artistry Day. After revision over the summer he presented it at the annual conference of the Illinois State Historical Society, whose program included advanced graduate students, established scholars, and history professors. Thereafter the Journal for the Illinois Historical Society accepted his article entitled “Remembering the Fallen: The Creation of Civil War Monuments in Illinois, 1865-1929,” which will be published soon. Jeremy was also accepted to complete a National Park Service internship in summer 2021 at Gettysburg National Military Park.
  • Ph.D. candidate LeNie Adolphson was awarded the 2021 Karyn and Terrance Holm Visiting Scholar Award from the Midwest Nursing History Research Center at University of Illinois Chicago. LeNie will use the fellowship to conduct research for her dissertation on the history of Chicago's Provident Hospital. Earlier in the year, she also won the WTTW Fellowship from the Judy and John McCarter Family Fellowship Program. She worked as a research intern on the documentary “Ida B. Wells: A Chicago Stories Special,” which began airing in May 2021.
  • Ph.D. candidate Alex Craver was awarded a 2021 Understanding Modern Russia Grant from the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies for research on his dissertation, “The Roots of Empire and Industry: The Soviet Union and the Global Political Economy of Rubber.”

Faculty News

  • Professor Sean Farrell has given a number of talks connected to his 2021 book The Irish in Illinois (Carbondale: SIU Press), co-authored with former NIU Ph.D. student Mathieu Billings. These have included the Irish Ambassador's Hour and the initial Elaine Zogby Annual Lecture at Le Moyne College.
  • Professor Beatrix Hoffman has a new exhibition with the National Library of Medicine on the history of immigration and health care in the US.
  • In January 2021, Professor Ismael Montana assumed the role of a Managing Editor for the Journal of Global Slavery (JGS). JGS is an international, peer-reviewed journal that aims to advance and promote a greater understanding of slavery and post-slavery by publishing interdisciplinary scholarship from comparative, transnational, and/or global perspectives.
  • Professor Trude Jacobsen was an invited guest on a July 2021 CNN virtual roundtable as an expert on sex trafficking in Southeast Asia.

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