Many faculty members of the Department of History faculty are providing leadership to the University of Chicago in 2017–18, which continues our notable tradition of service.
John Boyer, PhD'75, Martin A. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor of History and the College, has begun his sixth term as dean of the College. First appointed in 1992, he is the longest serving dean of the College. During his twenty-five-year tenure the size of the College and the quality of applicants have increased, new scholarships help students from Chicago Public Schools or of modest means attend the university, our signature general-education courses have expanded to include new disciplines, many more students study abroad, and more attention is paid to students' lives outside the classroom, from housing to career development. A political and social historian, John studies institutions, with particular attention to the Habsburg Empire. He wrote The University of Chicago: A History (Chicago, 2015) and is researching a history of Austria in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
David Nirenberg, Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta Distinguished Service Professor Social Thought, History, and the College, is now the executive vice provost for the university. He will pursue "greater strategic, budgetary, and administrative coordination between the [graduate] divisions and the College." David was previously dean of the Division of Social Sciences and founding director of the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society. His books explore the interactions of Christian, Islamic, and Jewish societies and include Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition (Norton, 2013) and Neighboring Faiths: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism in the Middle Ages and Today (Chicago, 2014).
Mark Bradley, Bernadotte E. Schmitt Distinguished Service Professor of History and the College, begins as a deputy dean for the Division of Social Sciences on October 1. The deputy dean provides leadership in matters related to the divisional doctoral and postgraduate programs, diversity, equity, and climate. Mark will continue to direct the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights; he previously directed the division's MA program in International Relations. His most recent book is The World Reimagined: Americans and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century (Cambridge, 2016).
Dain Borges, associate professor of History and the College, continues as faculty director of the Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences and as deputy dean for divisional MA programs. Dain was formerly the director of the Center for Latin American Studies. His current research project is on "Races, Crowds, and Souls in Brazilian Social Thought, 1880–1920."
Emilio Kourí, professor of History and the College, also continues as the chair of the Department of History for a third year. During his tenure the department has hired junior scholars in German, early American, and 20th-century US history; the department is currently searching for scholars of Roman and Jewish history. He has initiated faculty reviews of policies relating to the graduate program and the expansion of the undergraduate program to include a research track and a regular track of study. Previously, Emilio was chair of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and director of the Center for Latin American Studies. His current research project is a study of the idea of the "Indian pueblo" in Mexican thought, law, and political discourse.
By Joanne M. Berens, MFA '93, jberens[at]uchicago.edu