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.

Dr. Lee Brice won a WIU University Research Council Grant to fund his new research project - "Looking Through a Lens: Magnifying Lenses in Ancient Greece". His project will focus on examining evidence for possible magnifying lens use by engravers in ancient Greece. The project has developed out of his previous work on the coins of Corinth as well as recent finds in Greece.

Dr. Lee Brice was named the 2020 Distinguished Faculty Lecturer. He presented "The Colts of Corinth Revisited: A Numismatic Study". 

Dr. Lee Brice's new book "New Approaches to Greek and Roman Warfare" has been released and is available at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/book/10.1002/9781119248514.

Dr. Peter Cole was awarded the College of Arts and Science's Excellence in Research/Scholarship Award for 2019-2020 year.

Dr. Peter Cole won the Philip Taft Labor History Book Award for Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area (University of Illinois Press) Co-sponsored by Industrial and Labor Relations School, Cornell University and Labor and Working-Class History Association, 2019: https://www.ilr.cornell.edu/taft-award/award-recipients/past-award-recipients.

Dr. Peter Cole also won the Russo & Linkon Award for Published Essay for Academic or General Audiences for “Durban Dockers, Labour Internationalism, and Pan-Africanism,” in Choke Points: Logistics Workers and Solidarity Movements Disrupting the Global Capitalist Supply Chain. Sponsored by Working-Class Studies Association, 2019: https://wcstudiesassociation.wordpress.com/awards-history/.

Dr. Richard Filipink was awarded the College of Arts and Science's Excellence in Service Award for the 2019-2020 year.

Dr. Richard Filipink was named the 17th Annual John Hallwas Liberal Arts Lecturer. He presented "It Depends Who Writes the History, Henry": History's Role in the Liberal Arts and Creating an Educated Citizen".

The Civil War Institute of Gettysburg College has chosen Professor Tim Roberts' book This Infernal War: the Civil War Letters of William and Jane Standard (Kent State University Press, 2018) as its official book for the 2020 conference. Named one of the five best books ever on Civil War soldiers by the  Wall Street Journal,  This Infernal War  tells the story of a Union soldier and his family, of Lewistown, Illinois, separated by war. The book shows the impact of military deployment on marriages and families, in the time of the Civil War, and today. 




Emeritus Faculty

  • Dr. Virginia Boynton - U.S. women, 20th-century U.S., colonial Latin American women
  • Dr. Virginia Jelatis - American Indian History, American Colonial History
  • 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. 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