Devin V. Hunter, PhD

Assistant Professor of History  Devin Hunter
Ph.D. Public History and United States History
Loyola University Chicago

Phone: (217) 206-7432
Office: UHB 3056

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

Devin Hunter is a public historian and scholar who focuses on issues of community identity, social equity, redevelopment  and cultural heritage tourism. He arrived in academia after several years working in the archives and museum fields in Washington, DC, and Chicago. His first book, The American Dream Gone Berserk: Postwar Politics, Culture, and Diversity in Chicago’s Uptown, is under initial contract with the University of Illinois Press, with a possible publication date in 2022. Dr. Hunter’s next project traces the history of the commemoration and interpretation of race riots and massacres in Springfield (1908), Chicago (1919), and Tulsa (1921). His past and recent board and committee memberships include: the Illinois State Historical Society, the Illinois Historical Sites Advisory Committee, and the Vachel Lindsay Association, among many others.


Recent Publications:

“Urban/Rural Frictions in the Midwest: The Chicago-Downstate Battle for Legislative Reapportionment in Illinois, 1953-1965,” in The Conservative Heartland: The Rise of Conservatism in the Midwest, 1946-2016, edited by Jon Lauck and Catherine McNickol Stock. Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 2020.

“Interpreting Lincoln Today and Tomorrow: A Round Table Discussion on the State of Lincoln Public History,” convener and editor, Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association, Vol. 40, No. 1 (Winter 2019).

Review of The Small-Town Midwest: Resilience and Hope in the Twenty-First Century, by Julianne Crouch. Illinois Geographer, Vol. 60, Issue 1 (Fall 2018).

“Uptown: The Roots of Diversity in the Twentieth-Century ‘City within a City,” in Illinois Heritage, May/June 2015.

Review of 1950s“Rocketman” TV Series and Their FansCadets, Rangers, and Junior Space Men, edited by Cynthia Miller and A. Bowdoin Van Riper. Journal of Popular Culture, Volume 47, Issue 1 (February 2014), 198-201.