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Dr. Weeks receiving scholar award

History Faculty

Jonathan Bean


Jonathan Bean
Phone: (618) 453-7865
Email: jonbean@siu.edu
Office: 3264
Office Hours: M 1-4pm & W 2-5pm
CV (pdf)

Jonathan Bean is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and Professor of History at Southern Illinois University. He received his Ph.D. in Business History from the Ohio State University in 1994. Bean is the author of Race and Liberty in America: The Essential Reader, that received praise from Choice ...read full profile >>

Getahun Benti


Getahun Benti
Phone: (618) 453-6847
Email: benti@siu.edu
Office: 3329
Office Hours: MW 9am-12pm or by appointment

Dr. Getahun Benti received his Ph.D. in African history from Michigan State University in 2000 and came to SIU in the same year. He teaches courses in African and world history, including a comparative slavery course. Professor Benti’s research interests include urbanization-migration studies and the ...read full profile >>

Ras Michael Brown

Associate Professor

Ras Michael Brown
Phone: (618) 453-5242
Email: rasmlb@siu.edu
Office: 3332
Office Hours: T & TH 12-3pm

Ras Michael Brown is an associate professor of History and Africana Studies at Southern Illinois University specializing in the histories of the religious and environmental cultures of African-descendant communities, especially those in the South Carolina-Georgia Lowcountry and the Kongo-Angola regions of ...read full profile >>

Holly Hurlburt

Professor, Department Chair

Holly Hurlburt
Phone: (618) 453-7867
Email: hurlburt@siu.edu
Office: 3263
Office Hours: M 2-5pm

Dr. Holly Hurlburt earned her Ph.D. from Syracuse University in 2000 and came to SIU in the same year. She teaches courses on Early Modern Europe and Women, Gender, and Sexuality, as well as world history and the history of food.  Her research focuses on women, gender, and power in early modern Venice ...read full profile >>

José Najar

Assistant Professor

Jose Najar
Phone: (618) 453-7872
Email: jnajar@siu.edu
Office: 3271
Office Hours: T W TH 10am-12pm & 3:15-5:15pm or by appointment

Dr. José Najar received his Ph. D. from Indiana University in 2012. He teaches classes in Latin American and world history.

Tiffany A. Player

Assistant Professor

Tiffany A. Player
Phone: (618) 453-7862
Email: tplayer@siu.edu
Office: 3273
Office Hours:MWF 1-3pm

Dr. Tiffany A. Player currently completed her doctorate in History at Washington University in St. Louis. Her dissertation, “African American Women and the Politics of Slavery from the Antebellum Era through the Great Depression,” examined the intersections of race, gender, slavery, and public ...read full profile >>

Pamela Smoot

Assistant Professor

Pamela Smoot
Phone: (618) 453-7879
Email: olivia@siu.edu
Office: 3326
Office Hours: MW 1-4pm or by appointment

Dr. Pamela Smoot received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University and came to SIU the next year. Dr. Smoot specializes in African-American history and archival administration. Her current research focuses on "Black Pittsburgh: The Depths of a Secret City, 1830-1945."

Joseph Sramek

Associate Professor, Undergraduate Director

Joseph Sramek
Phone: (618) 453-7074
Email: sramek@siu.edu
Office: 3330
Office Hours: T W & TH 1-3pm

Dr. Joe Sramek received his B.A. in history from SUNY-Binghamton in 1998 and his Ph.D. from CUNY Graduate Center in 2007. He is the author of Gender, Morality, and Race in Company India (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), which examines the roles that gender and race played in the construction of colonial rule ...read full profile >>

Theodore R. Weeks


Ted Weeks
Phone: (618) 453-7874
Email: tadeusz@siu.edu
Office: 3277
Office Hours: MW 9-11am or by appointment

Dr. Theodore R. Weeks earned his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1992 and came to SIU in 1993. He teaches courses in world, European, Eastern European, Polish, and Russian history. His research interests focus on nationality and ethnicity, in particular in the context of East- Central ...read full profile >>

Gray Whaley

Associate Professor

Gray Whaley
Phone: (618) 453-7871
Email: gwhaley@siu.edu
Office: 3265
Office Hours: T & TH 12:30-1:45pm W 12-3:30pm

Dr. Gray Whaley's research and teaching interests focus on Native American history. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 2002 and he has previously taught at the University of Oregon, Western Michigan University, and Grand Valley State University. His latest book is Oregon and the Collapse of the Illahee.

Hale Yilmaz

Associate Professor

Hale Yilmaz
Phone: (618) 453-7870
Email: yilmaz@siu.edu
Office: 3181
Office Hours: T 1-5pm & W 1-3pm

Dr. Hale Yılmaz received her Ph.D. from the University of Utah in 2006. Her research and teaching interests center on Middle Eastern history, including Turkish history and the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Dr. Yılmaz previously taught at the University of Montana. She has taught History ...read full profile >>

Natasha Zaretsky


Dr. Natasha Zaretsky brings together the history of United States political culture after 1968, modern women’s and gender history, and the history of foreign policy. Most recently, her research and writing have sought to bridge the interdisciplinary fields of gender studies and environmental ...read full profile >>