The History Department News

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Students and Alumni

  • WIU M.A. student and Graduate Assistant Jeremy Knake presented his paper, "Education Means Liberty: Filipino Students, Pensionados, and U.S. Colonial Education," at the Interdisciplinary Conference on Asia hosted by Eastern University University on Apr. 24, 2014. Prof. Febe Pamonag was Jeremy's faculty mentor for this research project.
  • The History Department is proud to announce that the winner of the 2013-2014 Judy Ellen Thompson Prize for best undergraduate paper in a History course is Kirsten Bellisle for "Historiography's Hold on the Fourth Crusade," prepared for Prof. McNabb's HIST 324 class, The Middle Ages.  The prize was established by Professor Bill Thompson of the WIU Libraries and is named in honor of his mother.  In awarding prize the history department's scholarship committee considers papers nominated by History faculty for the quality of research, excellence in writing, and shrewdness of argument.  The prize carries a  $150   award.  Congratulations Kirsten!
  • Graduate students in the Department of History interested in seeking a position teaching at the post-secondary level (Community Colleges and University) can now take advantage of a new service being offered by the department. Faculty members with experience will consult with alumnae on revising a CV/Resume for the demands of post-secondary teaching positions. The employment market in these posts requires a curriculum vita that is markedly different from the typical business resume. We can set up a meeting to review your current resume and discuss whether and how you might revise your CV to better suit the current market. To get started contact the department chairman Simon Cordery at 309-298-1053 or  S-Cordery@wiu.edu

Faculty & Staff News


  • Dr. Roberto Mazza publishes a new article, "Missing Voices in Rediscovering Late Ottoman and Early British Jerusalem," Jerusalem Quarterly
  • The Golden Key International Honour Society has selected Dr. Jennifer McNabb as a winner of the 2013 Advisor Professional Development Grant, which carries a    $1,000      award. In announcing the award, Golden Key Scholarships coordinator Nancy Chamlee wrote, "We are very proud to have you as a Golden Key member. On behalf of the Golden Key Board of Directors, the Volunteer Leadership, and Headquarters Staff, we extend to you our heartfelt congratulations for being selected as this year’s winner. We echo those sentiments and add our own congratulations to Dr. McNabb!
  • Congratulations to Professor Lee L. Brice who has  been selected as a 2014 Gertrude Smith Professor and a Co-Director of the Summer Session of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens.
  • Dr. Cole publishes a new article in The Progressive
  • History  Prof. McNabb honored  with alumni achievement award
  • Dr. Mazza publishes a new article, "For God and La Patrie: Antonin Jaussen, Dominica Priest and French intelligence agent in the Middle East,First World War Studies
  • Dr. Brice publishes a new book,  Greek Warfare: From the Battle of Marathon to the Conquests of Alexander the Great  (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio)
  • Dr. Cole publishes a new essay, "Industrial Workers of the World," in the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia
  • Dr. Febe Pamonag publishes a new article, "'A Bryn Mawr School in the East': Transpacific Initiatives for Japanese Women’s Higher Education," in the November 2012 issue of the AHA's Pacific Historical Review!