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 of Illinois system’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

Associate 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.

Quotation: 

The science of history is the first of sciences,

Perhaps today it is the best of sciences.

The man who knows history does not err,

He does not make brainless statements.

That which is remembered in the world is history,

That which is useful is history.

–A. Kirmani, Kulliyat-i Asar


David Bertaina

Associate Professor of History, and Department Chair
Ph.D. Semitic Languages and Literatures
Catholic University of America

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

Quotation: “History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illuminates reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life, and brings us tidings of antiquity.”

–Marcus Tullius Cicero


Michael Burlingame

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; Associate Vice-Chancellor of Graduate Education
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 History
Ph.D. History
Lehigh University

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 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, University Scholar

Associate Professor of History
Ph.D. History
University of Michigan

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: World War II in Asia,”  “Samurai in history and romance;” Historiography.

Awards:

University Scholar, 2016

Quotation:

“‘But that’s not the way of it with the tales that really mattered, or the ones that stay in the mind. Folk seem to have been just landed in them, usually–their paths were laid that way….But I expect they had lots of chances, like us, of turning back, only they didn’t. And if they had, we shouldn’t know, because they’d have been forgotten.’…’I wonder what sort of a tale we’ve fallen into?’ ‘I wonder,’ said Frodo. ‘But I don’t know. And that’s the way of a real tale. Take any one that you’re fond of. You may know, or guess, what kind of a tale it is…but the people in it don’t know. And you don’t want them to.'”

–J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings


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.