Dr. Jennifer McNabb

Department Chair and Professor

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WIU's 2012 Hallwas Lecturer in the Liberal Arts -- WIU's 2012 Provost's Award for Excellence in University & Community Service

WIU Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching -- Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching -- Outstanding Faculty Award for Service

RMMRA Senior Scholar Conference Paper Award -- WIU "HOPE Certificate of Excellence" in Teaching


Dr McNabb

Dr. Jennifer McNabb joined the Department of History in 2005 as Western's historian of England and Early Modern Europe. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2003 and spent the next two years teaching at Colorado State University, after which she joined Western's History faculty. She teaches upper-division courses on Early Modern (Renaissance/Reformation) Europe [History 325], the history of England [History 333, 334], Tudor/Stuart history [History 433(G)], Topics in British History [History 434(G)], and Medieval Europe [History 324], as well as sections of the World History survey [History 125]. Her graduate seminars [History 540 and 541] deal with early modern Europe and England.

Prof. McNabb's research focuses on the social impact of the Reformation in Tudor and Early Stuart England. She studies the consequences of religious and political change on such institutions as marriage, family, and the community. Her research has been published in the Sixteenth Century Journal and Quidditas, the journal of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association, and she also now serves as the latter journal's Associate Editor. She is developing her research into a book manuscript on the English family in the century prior to the Civil War.

Dr. McNabb has won a number of awards, grants, and fellowships, including the 2012 Provost's Award for Excellence in University/Community Service and the 2009 Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching as well as the WIU College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching and for Service. She has received a WIU University Research Council (URC) Grant, a WIU Foundation Summer Stipend, and the Golden Key International Honour Society Advisor Professional Development Grant for research and curriculum development projects. She serves as the President of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association (RMMRA) and regularly presents her research and teaching topics in public talks. In 2016 she was selected as a "Great Courses" professor by The Teaching Company and is producing a Great Courses series on the European Renaissance.

Prof. McNabb served as Faculty Advisor for the Associated Students of History (ASH) for five years and has worked with a number of students on Undergraduate Research projects. She represents the College of Arts and Sciences on the University Research Council and serves as Vice-Chair of the University's Faculty Senate. She served as the Associate Director of WIU's Centennial Honors College, Chaired the University's Graduate Council and Writing Instruction in the Disciplines Committee, and served as Vice-Chair of the Council on Curricular Programs and Instruction.


Dr. McNabb with Sarah Farha at Undergraduate Research Day

Kirsten Belisle and Dr. Jennifer McNabb

Dr. McNabb with Spring 2016 College of Arts and Sciences College Scholar Kirsten Belisle