Welcome to History at NIU! We are 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. 


Latest Faculty Books


Dr. Anne Hanley has published The Public Good and the Brazilian State: Municipal Finance and Public Services in São Paulo, 1822-1930 with University of Chicago Press.



Dr. E. Taylor Atkins has published A History of Popular Culture in Japan, From the Seventeenth Century to the Present with Bloomsbury Academic.




Dr. Damián Fernández has published Aristocrats and Statehood in Western Iberia, 300-600 C.E. with University of Pennsylvania Press.


Dr. Andrea Smalley has published Wild By Nature: North American Animals Confront Colonization with Johns Hopkins University Press.


Latest Awards

  • Professor Sean Farrell has won a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend for his next book project, “The Trillick Railway Outrage of 1854: Making Sectarianism in Victorian Ireland.” This is the second NEH Summer Stipend won by NIU History faculty in as many years (Anne Hanley won one in 2017).
  • Presidential Research Professor Aaron Fogleman has won a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship to support work on his new book project, Immigrant Voices: European and African Stories of Freedom, Unfreedom, and Identity in the Americas Through Four Centuries.
  • Professor Anne Hanley has won the Wilma D. Stricklin Award, in recognition of her exemplary and continual leadership and service resulting in a more favorable campus climate for women.
  • Professors Emma Kuby and Amanda Littauer have both won NIU's Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Awards for AY 2017-18; History faculty won two of three awards given this year!


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