Phone: (217) 206-7432
Office: UHB 3056
Teaching Concentration: Public History, Urban History, Twentieth Century United States History
Dr. Hunter’s interests center on the ways that communities identify and promote themselves. He is completing a manuscript titled City within a City: Politics, Culture, and Diversity in Uptown Chicago, 1950 to 1980, which traces liberal and radical aspirations for a culturally diverse neighborhood seemingly on the perpetual verge of urban renewal, redevelopment, and gentrification. He is also in the early stages of a project that follows the history of the commemoration of the Springfield Race Riot of 1908, from the immediate aftermath of the violence through the present day. As a public historian, Dr. Hunter has professional experience at the National Archives and Records Administration and the Pritzker Military Library and Museum. He is a member of the State of Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Committee, and is a board member for the Abraham Lincoln Association and the Illinois State Historical Society.
“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).
“Urban/Rural Frictions in the Midwest: The Chicago-Downstate Battle for Legislative Reapportionment in Illinois, 1953-1965,” in Red Cracks in the Blue Wall: The Rise of Conservatism in the Midwest, 1946-2016, edited by Jon Lauck and Catherine McNickol Stock. Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, forthcoming, October 2020.
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 Fans: Cadets, 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.