Meet Our Faculty

The UIS Department of History faculty consists solely of tenured and tenure-track faculty, ensuring a quality educational experience. Many of our faculty members are award-winning teacher-scholars,  known across the country and around the world for their expertise. The Department of History boasts the largest number of University Scholar Award recipients, the university’s highest award for scholarship, of any Department at UIS.


Core Faculty

Heather BaileyHeather Bailey

Associate Professor of History
Ph.D. Modern European History
University of Minnesota (2001)

Email: hbail2@uis.edu
Phone: (217) 206-7189
Office: UHB 3061

Teaching Concentration: Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century European History, Imperial Russian and Soviet History.


Kristi Barnwell Kristi Barnwell

Assistant Professor of History
Ph.D. Modern Middle East History
University of Texas (2011)

Email: kbarn2@uis.edu
Phone: (217) 206-7420
Office: UHB 3073

Teaching Concentration: Modern Middle East (20th century); the Arabian Peninsula and Persian Gulf; Arab nationalism and identity, and gender.


David Bertainadavidbertainaphoto-730239

Associate Professor of History
Ph.D. Semitic Languages and Literatures
Catholic University of America (2007)

Email: dbert3@uis.edu
Phone: (217) 206-8412
Office: UHB 3059

Teaching Concentration: Late Antiquity, Qur’an to Crusade, Christian-Muslim Encounters, Islamic Civilization, Eastern Christianity, Early Christianity, Judaism-Christianity-Islam, World Religions, and Historical Methods.

Awards:

University Scholar Award, 2014


Michael BurlingameMichaelBurlingame

Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair
in Lincoln Studies
Ph.D. History
Johns Hopkins University

Email: mburl2@uis.edu
Phone: (217) 206-6779
Office: UHB 3050

Teaching Concentration: Abraham Lincoln; Civil War and Reconstruction

Awards:

Abraham Lincoln Association Book Prize, 1996

The Lincoln Prize, Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, 2010

PROSE Award for Best Book in U.S. History and Biography/Autobiography, Association of American Publishers, 2010


Cecilia Stiles Cornell Cecilia Stiles Cornell

Associate Professor of History; Director, Whitney M. Young Graduate Fellowship Program
Ph.D. History
Vanderbilt University

Email: cornell.cecilia@uis.edu
Phone: (217) 206-7430
Office: UHB 3055

Teaching Concentration: 20th-century U.S. history, U.S. foreign relations, and policy history.

Awards:

Pearson Faculty Award, 2000


Michael Hogan 

Distinguished Professor of History
Ph.D. History
University of Iowahogan

Email: mjhogan@uillinois.edu
Office: UHB 3062

Teaching Concentration: 20th-century U.S. Political and diplomatic history.


Devin Hunter

Assistant Professor of History  Devin Hunter
Ph.D. Public History
Loyola University

Email: dhunte2@uis.edu
Phone: (217) 206-7432
Office: UHB 3056

Teaching Concentration: Public History, Urban History, Twentieth Century United States History


Holly Kent 

Assistant Professor of HistoryHolly Kent
Ph.D. History
Lehigh University (2010)

Email: hkent3@uis.edu
Phone: (217) 206-8497
Office: UHB 3064

Teaching Concentration: U.S. women’s history; nineteenth-century U.S. history; fashion history; the history of slavery and abolitionism in U.S.; women’s activism in the U.S.; the family in the U.S.; oral history


Elizabeth KosmetatouDr. Kosmetatou

Associate Professor of History
Ph.D. Classics
University of Cincinnati

Email: ekosm2@uis.edu
Phone: (217) 206-7428
Office: UHB 3052

Teaching Concentration: Greek (Classical and Hellenistic) and Roman History & Archaeology, Cultural Studies, Ancient Religion, Epigraphy, Numismatics, and Political Psychology.

Awards:

University Scholar Award, 2015

Burks Oakley II Distinguished Online Teaching Award, 2011


Kenneth Owen

Assistant Professor of History
Ph.D. Modern History
Oxford University (2011)ken owen

Email: kowen8@uis.edu
Phone: (217) 206-7439
Office: UHB 3058

Teaching Concentration: Colonial, Revolutionary and Early National America.


Peter Shapinsky
Peter Shapinsky

Associate Professor of History and Department Chair
Ph.D. History
University of Michigan (2005)

Email: pshap2@uis.edu
Phone: (217) 206-6595
Office: UHB 3057

Teaching Concentration: Premodern and Modern East Asian history (China, Japan, Korea); “From Vikings to Hackers: A Pirate’s World History,” “Pacific War, Anime, History, and Memory;” “Samurai in history and romance;” Historiography.

Awards:

University Scholar, 2016


Emeriti Faculty

Cullom Davis
Emeritus Professor of History


Deborah Kuhn McGregor Deborah Kuhn McGregor
Emeritus Associate Professor, History, Women’s Studies, and African-American Studies
Ph.D. History
Binghamton University

Email: mcgregor.deborah@uis.edu

Teaching Concentration: United States history—especially 19th-century history—but also United States women’s history, history of the family, history of childhood, oral history.


Robert K. McGregor Robert K. McGregor
Emeritus Professor of History
Ph.D. American History – Environmental Issues

Email: mcgregor.robert@uis.edu

Teaching Concentration: Early American History, Environmental History, and History of England.

Awards:

University Scholar Award, 2003


Larry Shiner Larry Shiner
Emeritus Professor
Ph.D. Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy
Université de Strasbourg

Email: lshin1@uis.edu

Teaching Concentration: Modern European History, Art History, the Enlightenment, Greek Philosophy, Cultural History.


William H. SilesSilesBill_000
Emeritus Professor of American History
Ph.D.
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Email: siles.william@uis.edu

Teaching Concentration: Public history; American Westward Expansion; and American Religious, Urban, and Agricultural History.