Aurora University

Faculty

Gerald R. Butters, Jr.
Gerald R. Butters, Jr., PhD

Professor of History Office Phone: 630-844-5615
Email: gbutters@aurora.edu Areas of expertise: United States history since 1865, gender, race, American popular culture Education: PhD, History, University of Kansas
MA, History, University of Missouri-Kansas City
BA, History and Political Science, Washburn University Favorite thing about AU: "The intelligence and compassion of my fellow professors." View LinkedIn Profile

Libby Escobedo
Libby Escobedo, PhD

Associate Professor of Art History Office Phone: 630-844-3829
Email: lescobed@aurora.edu Areas of expertise: Medieval art and architecture, northern Renaissance art and architecture, iconography, interactions between text and image Education: PhD, History of Art, Bryn Mawr College
MA, History of Art, Bryn Mawr College
BA, Art History, UCLA

Martin Forward
Martin Forward, PhD

Professor of History Office Phone: 630-844-6869
Email: mforward@aurora.edu Areas of expertise: The Middle East, European colonialism and its consequences, interreligious encounters, world history Education:

PhD, Religious Studies, University of Bristol (UK)
MLitt with Distinction, Islamic Modernism in India, University of Lancaster (UK)
MA, Theology and Religious Studies, University of Cambridge (UK)
BA, University of Manchester (UK)

Favorite thing about AU: "Teaching first-generation students. I was one myself."

John W. McCormack
John W. McCormack, PhD

Assistant Professor of Religion Office Phone: 630-844-5267
Email: jmccormack@aurora.edu Areas of expertise: History of Christianity, religion and politics, world religions, early modern Europe, France, Latin America Education: PhD, History, University of Notre Dame
MA, History, University of Notre Dame
MA, Religion, Yale University
BA, History, Yale University Favorite thing about AU: "Engaging in the process of cultural discovery and self-evaluation with our hard-working, curious students." View LinkedIn Profile

Susan Palmer, PhD

Professor of History Emerita, Curator of Jenks Memorial Collection

Mark Soderstrom
Mark Soderstrom, PhD

Associate Professor of History, Chair of History Department Office Phone: 630-844-6196
Email: msoderst@aurora.edu Areas of expertise: Russia and the Soviet Union, environmental history, world history, East Asia Education: PhD, History, Ohio State University
MA, History, Central Michigan University
BA, History and Political Science, Central Michigan University Favorite thing about AU: "Our students."