Devin Hunter

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

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.


Recent Publications:

“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 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.