Meet Our Faculty

Core Faculty

Heather BaileyHeather Bailey

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

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)

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)

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.

Michael BurlingameMichaelBurlingame

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

Phone: (217) 206-6779
Office: UHB 3050

Teaching Concentration: Lincoln Studies.

Cecilia Stiles Cornell Cecilia Stiles Cornell

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

Phone: (217) 206-7430
Office: UHB 3055

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

Michael Hogan 

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

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

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)

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

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.

Kenneth Owen

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

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)

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.

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


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


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

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


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

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


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