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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.
- Presidential Research Professor Emerita Nancy M. Wingfield has won the Austrian Studies Book Award for The World of Prostitution in Late Imperial Austria.
- Professor Eric Jones, Acting Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and Associate Professor of History, authored a successful Title VI grant application for the Center for 2018-22.
- 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!
- 2018 History Newsletter (PDF version)
- Robert Alan Glover (M.A., 2013) and current student Jeremiah Moore-Moauro were featured in a Daily Chronicle report about their research at the Glidden Homestead.
- Professor Ismael Montana is one of the keynote speakers at a briefing on "The Struggle for the Eradication of Slavery in the Sahel," sponsored by the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO).
- Dr. Bill Nicklas (M.A., 1973; Ph.D., 1983) has won a 2018 Distinguished Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He is Executive Director of the Kishwaukee College Foundation, Special Assistant to the President, Kishwaukee College; former president of the DeKalb County Long Term Recovery Corporation; former NIU administrator; and former city manager for DeKalb and Sycamore.
- Professor Sean Farrell was in the American Historical Association's Member Spotlight.
- Professor Valerie Garver was interviewed for a Quartzy story on the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination."