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Prof. Kathleen Belew and Prof. Jeff Eden joining the History Department in the fall of 2022

February 7, 2022

We are delighted to announce the hires of two new colleagues, who will be joining us in Harris Hall next fall.  

Prof. Kathleen Belew (Ph.D., American Studies, Yale) comes to us from the University of Chicago, where she was tenured in the History Department there.  Her first book, Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America (Harvard University Press, 2018), established her as the foremost historian of the modern white power movement and – more broadly – as a major figure in recent American history.  Her co-edited volume of essays, A Field Guide to White Supremacy, was published with the University of California Press last year.  

Belew’s new book, "Home, at the End of the World," is under contract with Random House.  At Northwestern, she will be working with colleagues to build a "History of the Present" initiative and teaching courses in American history and the history of violence, among other topics.  She appears regularly on television as a commentator and has published op-eds in The New York Times, the Washington Post and Dissent, among others.

Prof. Jeffrey Eden (Ph.D., Inner Asian and Altaic Studies, Harvard) joins the department as an Assistant Professor from St. Mary's College.  He is a specialist in the history of Russia/Soviet history as well as Central Asia with extraordinary range, both geographically and temporally.  He is the author of two ground-breaking monographs:  Slavery and Empire in Central Asia (Cambridge University Press, 2018) and God Save the USSR: Soviet Muslims and the Second World War (Oxford University Press, 2021).  His research languages include Russian, Persian, Uzbek, Chaghatay, Kazakh, Tatar, Bashkir, Uyghur, French, and Spanish, among others.  He will be teaching courses in Russian, Central Asian and global history.