News and Events
- Claire Spahn (B.A., 2018) was accepted to the M.A. program in Anthropology at Florida State University, with a full assistantship.
- Ph.D. candidate Nicole Dressler has received the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center.
- Rachel Jacob, a double-major in History and Political Science, has been named the 2017 Lincoln Laureate.
- Mathieu Billings, who earned his Ph.D. in December 2016, has received NIU's 2016-17 outstanding dissertation award in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and education. Mat's dissertation was entitled "Potent Legacies: The Transformation of Irish and Irish-American Politics, 1815-45" (Sean Farrell, director). He is currently a full-time lecturer at the University of Indianapolis.
Undergraduate Research and Artistry 2018 Prizes
- First Place Humanities Award: Ronan Kaiser and Gabriel Sonntag (with Sam Lanigan and Billy Ritchey; advisor Professor Amanda Littauer) for Poster #118, "Understanding Queer Youth Through Life Writings and Oral History, 1940-1985."
- Third Place Humanities Award: Emily Eckles (advisor Professor Amanda Littauer) for Poster #120, "Der Rosa Winkel: The Colors of Persecution and the Damnation of Homosexual Men in Nazi Germany."
2016-2017 Outstanding Women Student Awards
- Undergrad Student-Katy Voight
- Graduate Student-Jana Knezovic
2017-2018 Outstanding Graduate Student Awards
- M.A.- William Wojtkiewicz
- Ph.D.- Heeyoung Choi
- Professor Taylor Atkins was interviewed for the BBC World Service documentary "Jazzing Up Japan." His research on the Korean folk song "Arirang" was cited in a New York Times article on the song's ubiquity at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
- We sadly announce the passing of our former colleague David Wagner on January 17, 2018. Professor Wagner taught at NIU for 42 years, founded and coordinated the Concentration in Medieval Studies, and served as faculty advisor for Phi Alpha Theta. He also created a Medieval Studies Endowment Fund to support student research in the Concentration. He is survived by his wife Renie B. Adams. Contributions can be made to the David L. Wanger Distinguished Leadership and Symposium Fund for Humanistic Inquiry at the Newberry Library.
- Professor Damián Fernández has won a fellowship from the Cornell University Society for the Humanities for AY 2018-19, to work on his second monograph, on rebellion and political culture in the Visigothic kingdom of Toledo. He has also won a prestigious fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies, to work on a translation of the Book of Judgments (Liber ludiciorum), a law code issued in 654 by Recceswinth, king of the Visigoths, for the territory of Iberia and southern France.
- Professor Andy Bruno has won the 2017-18 HSS/NASA Fellowship in the History of Space Science, to study the history of the mysterious Tunguska explosion of 1908 that happened over a desolate region of Siberia and the efforts by amateurs, scientists, and even science fiction writers to understand it.
- Professor Andrea Smalley was interviewed about her recent book Wild By Nature: North American Animals Confront Colonization on the Ben Franklin's World podcast.
- Professor Anne Hanley has received a Fulbright Fellowship and will be in residence in the Economics Department of the Universidade de São Paulo, Riberirão Preto campus, teaching a graduate seminar and conducting research on banking and credit in Brazil in the early twentieth century, from January to June 2019.
- Professor Eric Jones has been named Outstanding International Educator for 2017, joining previous recipients Professors Ismael Montana (2016) and Trude Jacobsen (2014).