History Department


Ewa Bacon, Ph.D.

Ewa K. Bacon, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita
Curriculum Vitae

1975 Ph.D., University of Chicago
1969 M.A., University of Chicago
1968 B.A., Stanford University

Teaching Fields:

  • Eastern European, Russian, German, Japanese, Chinese and European Medieval History
  • History of Western Ideas
  • History of Science
  • Genocide/holocaust and History of Revolutions

Research Interests:

  • Globalization issues, genocide, holocaust and violence studies

Activities at Lewis:

  • International and global studies
  • Support of foreign language training
  • Support of the Lewis University History Center
  • Faculty colloquium organizer ("Art of Memory" and "Food for Thought")
  • 2006 Br. Louis Seiler Teaching Award
  • 2007-2009 Title VI, Principal Investigator

Dennis Cremin, Ph.D.

Dennis H. Cremin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department Chair

1999 Ph.D., Loyola University, Chicago
1989 M.A, (English and History), Midwestern State University, Texas
1986 B.A., Humboldt State University, California

Teaching Fields:

  • Ancient World
  • Early Modern Europe
  • History of Illinois
  • Public History
  • Public History Workshops—Historic Preservation
  • Archives Management
  • Oral History
  • Historiography

Research Interests:

  • Urban History
  • State and Local History
  • Pilgrimage
  • Material Culture
  • Public History

Activities at Lewis:

  • Budget Review Committee
  • Arts and Ideas
  • Travel Study and International Programs
  • Lewis University History Center
  • Principal Investigator: Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation Grant
  • Illinois Humanities Council Grant

Br. Peter Hannon, FSC
Brother Peter Hannon, FSC
Assistant Professor

1985 M.A. in International Affairs, The Catholic University of America, Washington D.C.
1971 M.A. History (Emphasis on American and European History), DePaul University, Chicago, IL
1968 B.A. History (Areas of Concentration: American History), Minor: Political Science, Lewis University, Romeoville, IL

Br. Peter is a member of DeLaSalle Christian Brothers, a worldwide male religious order of the Catholic Church, who operate Catholic schools around the world.  DeLaSalle Brothers conduct and sponsor universities, high schools, middle schools, and grade schools. Brothers live a life of celibacy, community, and obedience.

Non-Degree work

  • Freeman Foundation Grant Study in China - Summer of 2010.
  • Holocaust Study Seminar --- Holocaust Study Grant -- Holocaust Museum, Washington, D.C.
  • Carleton College, Northfield, MN -- American History 1985— Advanced Placement Program                    
  • College of Santa Fe Letter of Certification for completion of Sangre De Cristo Center Human and Christian Development 1984
  • Northwestern University, Evanston, IL -- Economic Problems of Illinois 1972--National Science Foundation Grant
  • Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma--Politics and Government 1978-- Robert Taft Institute Grant
  • Know the UN Seminar -- United Nations --Study Grant for academic study of United Nations in New York -- Chicago Council on Foreign Affairs


  • Over 40 years of high school teaching at various LaSallian schools  and 15 years as a adjunct Instructor at Lewis University

Work at Lewis

  • Presently an instructor in the Culture and Civilization Program, Geography Workshop for secondary education History majors, and American History for elementary education major
  • Moderator of Lewis University Photo Club

Eileen McMahon, Ph.D.

Eileen McMahon, Ph.D.
Curriculum Vitae

1989 Ph.D., Loyola University—Chicago
1983 M.A., Loyola University—Chicago
1979 B.A., Loyola University—Chicago
1979 University College—Cork, Ireland Summer School in Irish History and Literature

Teaching Fields:

  • U.S. Immigration
  • Ethnicity, and Race
  • History of Ireland and Irish America
  • History of Great Britain and Catholic America
  • American Women's History as part of the Women's Studies Program
  • istory of Sports in America
  • British Empire
  • Native American history
  • Illinois history.

Research Interests:

  • Currently serves as editor of the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society.

  • She has also published, "What Parish Are You From?" The Chicago Irish Parish Community and Race Relations, 1916-1970 (University Press of Kentucky, 1995).

  • Coauthored with Theodore J. Karamanski, North Woods River: The St. Croix River in Upper Midwest History (University of Wisconsin Press, 2009) and Chicago's Civil War: A History in Documents (Ohio University Press, forthcoming).

  • Other publications are:
    • "The Irish in Illinois," in The Encyclopedia of the Irish in America, Michael Glazer, ed. (University of Notre Dame, 1999)
    • "Irish Women in the American Civil War" in Irish Soldiers in the Mexican-American and Civil Wars (Irish Academic Press, forthcoming)
    • "The Literary Side to the Soxside of Chicago," Chicago History Magazine, (Summer 2008)
    • "Parish Life," "Auburn Gresham," "Chicago Lawn," in The Encyclopedia of Chicago ed. by James Grossman, Ann Durkin Keating, and Janice L. Reiff (University of Chicago Press, 2004)
    • "Sister M. Vincent Ferrer Bradford," in Women Building Chicago, 1790-1990: A Biographical Dictionary, eds. Rima Lunin Schultz and Adele Hast (Indiana University Press, 2001);
    • "Irish Americans" in The Ethnic Handbook: A Guide to the Cultures and Traditions of Chicago's Diverse Communities, Cynthia Linton, ed., An Illinois Ethnic Coalition Publication, 1996, updated 2012.

Activities at Lewis:

Internship Director and has placed students at:

  • Joliet Area History Museum
  • Gaylord Building in Lockport
  • Naper Settlement
  • Will County Historical Society
  • The First Division Museum at Cantigny, Wheaton, Ill.

Mark Schultz, Ph.D.
Mark Schultz, Ph.D.
Curriculum Vitae

1999 Ph.D., University of Chicago
1989 M.A., University of Georgia
1987 B.A., Franciscan University of Steubenville

Teaching Fields:

  • African American History
  • Sophomore Writing and Research
  • Senior Historiography
  • Colonial American History
  • Emergence of Modern America, 1865-1945
  • History of the Vietnam War

Research Interests:

  • Specializes in African American History in the Jim Crow South and oral history. His first book, The Rural Face of White Supremacy: Beyond Jim Crow, (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2005) was designated an Editor's Choice by the Atlantic Monthly. It explored the daily experience of race relations in middle Georgia from 1900 to 1950, and highlighted the ways that interracial intimacy was an essential component of hierarchy in the Jim Crow South.

  • With grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Lowell Stahl Center, Adrienne Petty and Schultz are currently co-authoring a study entitled Breaking New Ground: Black Farm Owners from the Civil War to the Present, forthcoming, University of North Carolina Press. This will be the first full history of black farm owners in the U.S. To gather information, Petty and Schultz directed two dozen Fellows in collecting about 300 oral interviews with black farm owners and their descendants in every southern state. In addition, Schultz is writing a history of the racial politics of education in Middle Georgia through the Jim Crow Era.  

  • Authored dozens of articles and papers on interracial kinship, black farm ownership, oral history, and the politics of rural black education. He has also been interviewed on NPR's "The State of Things," about race relations in the rural Jim Crow South and acted as a specialist on NBC's "Who Do You Think You Are?" to guide Spike Lee and Alfre Woodard through documents about their landowning ancestors in late nineteenth century Georgia. 

Activities at Lewis:

  • Regularly presents in the Arts and Ideas program
  • Serves on the Environmental Committee
  • Directs historical research by students

James N. Tallon, Ph.D.

James N. Tallon, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Curriculum Vitae

2012 Ph.D., University of Chicago 2003 M.A., University of Chicago
1997 B.S., Winona State

Teaching Fields:

  • Modern Middle East, Turkey, Iran
  • Ottoman Empire
  • History of the Mediterranean
  • Early Islam
  • The Balkans
  • Islamic Civilization
  • Nationalism
  • Historiography
  • Islamic Africa
  • Islamic India.

Research Interests:

  • Late Ottoman Empire
  • State Formation
  • Nationalism
  • Military and Society
  • Imperialism.

Activities at Lewis:

  • Environmental Committee
  • Library Committee
  • Arts & Ideas
  • Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society Advisor

Brother John Vietoris, FSC, Ph.D.

Brother John Vietoris, FSC, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

2009 Ph.D., Marquette University
1977 M.A., University of Notre Dame
1971 B.A., Lewis University

Teaching Fields:

  • United States Since 1941
  • U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction
  • U.S. Military History
  • U.S. Presidency
  • U.S. Urban History
  • Modern Europe 1815-Present
  • Special Methods: Teaching Social Studies 6-2 (College of Education and Social Sciences)

Research Interests:

  • Urban History
  • Catholic and African American History
  • U.S. Constitutional History

Activities at Lewis:

  • Department Chairpersons' Committee
  • Dean's Roundtable Committee
  • History Center Board