History Faculty

WIU's award-winning History faculty have expertise in a broad range of chronological, geographical, and thematic specializations. Click on any of the names below to learn more about that faculty member's teaching and research interests and accomplishments.

The Department of History is proud to announce that Professor Lee L. Brice has been granted a prestigious fellowship to spend a year conducting historical research in Athens, Greece. He was awarded the Elizabeth A. Whitehead Visiting Professorship at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens (ASCSA) (http://wiu.edu/news/newsrelease.php?release_id=14343). His research project titled "Wealthy Corinth Revisited: A Greek Legacy of Small Denomination Coins," will study the silver coinage of Corinth from the fourth to the second century BCE. Brice will conduct his research during the 2017-18 academic year. The fellowship provides him with a stipend, room and board in Athens, research facilities and a travel allowance. His research project has previously received funding from a University Research Committee grant at Western and external grants from the Royal Numismatics Society and the American Philosophical Society.

The Department of History is proud to announce that Associate Professor Febe Pamonag has been awarded a prestigious Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for 2017 (https://www.neh.gov/news/press-release/December2016Grants). "The National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships supports twelve months of full-time work on my project titled 'Activism in the Culion Leper Colony, Philippines, 1905-1030s,'" said Pamonag. She plans to complete her archival research in the Philippines and the United States and write her book that explores how Filipino leprosy patients dealt with colonial authorities when they implemented the leper segregation policy during the early decades of the twentieth century. Through the very competitive program, Pamonag's project was chosen as one of the 86 projects that received a total of $4.1 million in funding through the NEH Fellowships. These grants were part of the 290 humanities-based research and programs that received a total of $16.3 million in funding.



The WIU History Faculty - Past and Present

Emeritus Faculty

    • Dr. Virginia Jelatis - American Indian History, American Colonial History
    • Dr. Walter Kretchik - U.S. Transnational and Military
    • Dr. Larry Balsamo - Civil War and Reconstruction, South
    • Dr. Spencer Brown - Africa, Modern Europe, Historical Methodology
    • Dr. William L. Burton - Illinois, Civil War, 20th-Century U.S.
    • Dr. Darrel Cady - Recent U.S.
    • Dr. William Combs - Germany, Modern Europe
    • Dr. David Egler - Japan, East Asia
    • Dr. George Hopkins - Recent U.S. Political, Vietnam
    • Dr. Sterling Kernek - European diplomatic, Modern Europe
    • Dr. Gordon Kirk - Urban, U.S.1877-1914, Quantitative Methods
    • Dr. Rosanna Ledbetter - Modern Europe, Russia
    • Dr. Virginia Leonard - Latin America
    • Dr. Charles O'Brien - Medieval Europe, Enlightenment, European Intellectual
    • Nicholas Pano - Imperial and Soviet Russia, Central and East Europe
    • Dr. Sharon Watkins - France, Modern Europe
    • Dr. Thomas Watkins - Ancient Greece and Rome, Medieval Europe