History Faculty

WIU's award-winning History faculty have expertise in a broad range of chronological, geographical, and thematic specializations. Click on any of the names below to learn more about that faculty member's teaching and research interests and accomplishments.

History Faculty in the News includes highlights of recent faculty accomplishments.

See History Faculty 2011-12 Publications and Presentations for complete, detailed information.


History faculty gather at Annual History Conference


WIU History Faculty in the News: Highlights


Emeritus Faculty

  • Dr. Walter Kretchik - U.S. Transnational and Military
  • Dr. Larry Balsamo - Civil War and Reconstruction, South
  • Dr. Spencer Brown - Africa, modern Europe, historical methodology
  • Dr. William L. Burton - Illinois, Civil War, 20th-century U.S.
  • Dr. Darrel Cady - recent U.S.
  • Dr. William Combs - Germany, modern Europe
  • Dr. David Egler - Japan, East Asia
  • Dr. George Hopkins - recent U.S. political, Vietnam
  • Dr. Sterling Kernek - European diplomatic, modern Europe
  • Dr. Barclay Key - African-American, US South, American religious
  • Dr. Gordon Kirk - urban, U.S.1877-1914, quantitative methods
  • Dr. Rosanna Ledbetter - modern Europe, Russia
  • Dr. Virginia Leonard - Latin America
  • Dr. Charles O'Brien - medieval Europe, Enlightenment, European intellectual
  • Nicholas Pano - imperial and Soviet Russia, Central and East Europe
  • Dr. Sharon Watkins - France, modern Europe
  • Dr. Thomas Watkins - ancient Greece and Rome, medieval Europe
  • Dr. John Werner - U.S. military, antebellum U.S.


Some of our current and emeritus faculty members gather to celebrate