History Faculty

WIU's award-winning History faculty have expertise in a broad range of chronological, geographical, and thematic specializations.

Dr. Lee L. Brice

Dr. Lee L. Brice, Professor

Email: LL-Brice@wiu.edu
Specializations: Ancient Roman and Ancient Greek
Office: 434 Morgan
Phone: 309-298-1053

Named in 2020 as Distinguished University Professor.  

Dr. Brice presented "The Colts of Corinth Revisited: A Numismatic Study".

Dr Brice's Books and Publications:

New, Special Vol of JNAA - "Teaching With Coins":  https://www.academia.edu/49092541/Journal_of_the_Numismatic_Association_of_Australia_Vol_30

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

People and Institutions in the Roman Empire    https://brill.com/view/title/5897

For more information regarding books, journal edited, articles & chapters, reviews, calls for proposals, and varia go to  https://wiu.academia.edu/LeeLBrice

Dr. Ute Chamberlin

Dr. Ute Chamberlin, Associate Professor

Email: UE-Chamberlin@wiu.edu
Specializations: Germany, 20th-century Europe, European women
Office: 459 Morgan
Phone: 309-298-1782

Dr. Peter Cole

Dr. Peter Cole, Professor and Graduate Director

Email: P-Cole@wiu.edu
Specializations: U.S. labor, African Americans, urban, maritime, and South Africa
Office: 423C Morgan

Founder and co-director of  Chicago Race Riot of 1919 Commemoration Project

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

Named in  2023 as Distinguished University Professor.

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.

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.

Dr. Richard M. Filipink

Dr. Richard M. Filipink, Professor

Email: RM-Filipink@wiu.edu
Specializations: modern U.S., Vietnam War, and diplomatic history
Office: 457 Morgan
Phone: 309-298-3725

Awarded the College of Arts and Science's Excellence in Service Award for the 2019-2020 year.

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".

Dr. Greg Hall

Dr. Greg Hall, Professor

Email: G-Hall@wiu.edu
Specializations: American West, Illinois, and environmental history
Office: 452 Morgan
Phone: 309-298-1575

Dr. Hall's research interests involve labor, anarchism, and environmental history. He is the author of two books: Harvest Wobblies: The Industrial Workers of the World and Agricultural Laborers in the American West, 1905-1930 (Oregon State University Press, 2001) and Writing Labor’s Emancipation: The Anarchist Life and Times of Jay Fox (University of Washington, 2022). He also has published several essays on labor history in the West, anarchism, and on environmental history in Illinois. He has also presented scholarly papers at numerous conferences. Currently, he is researching the anarchism of Home Colony and the environmental history of coal mining in Illinois.

Dr. Febe Pamonag

Dr. Febe Pamonag, Professor

Email: F-Pamonag@wiu.edu
Specializations: Modern Japan, Modern Asia, History of Women 
Office: 461 Morgan
Phone: 309-298-1614

2016 recipient of the Provost Award of Excellence in Multicultural Teaching.

Awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowships and an NEH Summer Stipend for her book project on patient activism at the Culion leprosarium in the U.S.-occupied Philippines.

One of sixteen post-secondary instructors in the United States selected to participate in the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad to China in 2012.

Dr. Pamonag’s published work on women’s and gender history has appeared in several journals, including the Pacific Historical Review, U.S.-Japan Women’s Journal, and Social Science Diliman: A Philippine Journal of Society and Change. She served as Associate Editor of the “Filipino Women and American Empire, 1904-2004” and co-author of  “Subtle Assertions in a Complicated Context: Filipino Women During the American Colonial period,” in Women and Social Movements in Modern Empires since 1820, co-edited by Kathryn Kish-Sklar and Thomas Dublin (Alexander Press, 2017).

Dr. Timothy M. Roberts

Dr. Timothy M. Roberts, Department Chair

Email: TM-Roberts@wiu.edu
Specializations: Early Republic, Civil War/Reconstruction, early American foreign relations
Office: 438 Morgan
Phone: 309-298-1053

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.

In 2021, Dr. Roberts completed a graduate certificate program in public history and the digital humanities at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.

Dr. Edward J. Woell

Dr. Edward J. Woell, Professor

Email: EJ-Woell@wiu.edu
Specializations: Europe, Age of Enlightenment, France
Office: 432 Morgan
Phone: 309-298-2977


Ellen Poulter, Advisor
Email: E-Poulter@wiu.edu
Office: 436 Morgan
Phone: 309-298-1129

Cindy Arnett, Office Manager
Email: CL-Arnett@wiu.edu
Office: MG 422 (Political Science) | MG 438 (History)
Phone: 309-298-1055 (Political Science) | 309-298-1053 (History)

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. William L. Burton - Illinois, Civil War, 20th-Century U.S.
  • 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. Virginia Leonard - Latin America
  • Nicholas Pano - Imperial and Soviet Russia, Central and East Europe
  • Dr. Sharon Watkins - France, Modern Europe