Emilio Kourí

Chair of the Department

SSRB 331
(773) 702-8395

The department chair’s responsibilities include general oversight of department programs, procedures, committees, and appointments, and supervision of staff and budget.

David L. Goodwine Jr.

Department Office Assistant

SSRB 330
(773) 702-8397

Graduate students contact me about scheduling the Ph.D. Field Examination (Orals), the Dissertation Proposal Hearing, the Final Dissertation Defense for the Ph.D. Degree, and the dissertation submission process/graduation. Together with Sonja, I am here to help answer your questions about the department, the university, etc. Also, I coordinate graduate students' work/study RA positions. While the Secretary is away during the summer months, I assist with the Course Time Schedule. Prospective students contact me to assist with arranging appointments to meet with faculty and administrators. Please contact me via email two-weeks beforehand. October and November during the Autumn Quarter is the recommended time period to visit. I also schedule the John Hope Franklin Common Room (SSRB 224), which is available for workshops, lectures, and conferences. Please contact me via email to reserve the room.

David Goodwine

Joanne Berens

Faculty Secretary and Web Editor

SSRB 334
(773) 702-5961

I help faculty with annual and quarterly course plans, desk copies, and letters of recommendation for students. I also edit History's website. I work part time from mid-September to mid-June.

Joanne Berens

Cyndee Breshock

Administrator for Chair and Faculty Affairs

SSRB 331
(773) 702-8394

I oversee the daily operations and administrative functions of the department office, and serve as the primary departmental liaison to divisional, university, and external agencies.  I manage the administrative processes for faculty and academic non-faculty recruitment, appointments and promotions; and provide support to the Chair.

Lindsey Martin

Mellon Career Development Officer

SSRB 520
(773) 834-3809

I coordinate Making History Work, the University of Chicago pilot program for the AHA-Mellon Career Diversity for Historians initiative. I organize and lead workshops, including the Placements Workshop, and connect graduate students with resources to better prepare them for a range of career options both within and beyond the academy. I received a PhD in Russian history at Stanford University in June 2015. Please contact me or stop by my office with any questions you may have about preparing for the academic or nonacademic job market, internships, or recognizing how your skills as a historian can be applied in various contexts.


"Q&A with Lindsey Martin and Jennifer McPherson," Perspectives on History, September 2015.

Lindsey Martin

Sonja Rusnak

Graduate Affairs Administrator

SSRB 329
(773) 702-3150

I advise graduate students on registration procedures, program requirements, and funding, am responsible for assuring that requirements are met in a timely manner, untie bureaucratic knots, and serve as the students' liaison to the Graduate Student Affairs and Fellowships Committees. I also serve as the coordinator for admission to the Ph.D. program.  Please feel free to email, call, or stop by if you have any questions regarding our graduate program or admissions.

If you have announcements, calls for papers, job advertisements or other information you would like forwarded to our graduate students, please send them to

Sonja Rusnak

Jake Smith

Undergraduate Program Coordinator

SSRB 225
(773) 702-2178

I am a graduate student in the Department of History, who advises our undergraduate majors and minors as well as students interested in our program.