Devin Hunter
Loyola University Chicago, PhD Candidate
Public History/Twentieth-Century US Urban History


Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL
Doctoral Program in US History/Public History, degree expected 2015
Dissertation: Growing Diversity: Urban Renewal, Gentrification, and Community Activism in Uptown Chicago, 1945-1981.
Dissertation Adviser: Timothy Gilfoyle

University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences (Modern US History), 2004-2005

University of Colorado at Denver, Denver, CO
BA with Distinction (History), 2002


Courses Taught:

  • United States History to 1865, Fall 2013, Loyola University Chicago.
  • United States History since 1865, Spring 2013, Loyola University Chicago.

Discussion Section Teacher:

  • Evolution of Western Ideas up to the 17th Century, Fall 2012, Loyola University Chicago
  • Evolution of Western Ideas since the 17th Century, Spring 2011, and Spring 2012, Loyola University Chicago
  • United States History after 1865, Fall 2010, Loyola University Chicago.


“Uptown Diversity,” Illinois Heritage, May-June 2015.

Review of 1950s “Rocketman” TV Series and Their Fans: Cadets, Rangers, and Junior Space Men by Cynthia Miller and A. Bowdoin Van Riper, editors,  in The Journal of Popular Culture, forthcoming 2014.

“American Indians in the First World War” in The Encyclopedia of Ethnic and Racial Minorities in the U.S. Military. Alex Bielakowski, editor. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2013.

Fellowships and Awards

Arthur J. Schmitt Dissertation Fellowship, Arthur J. Schmitt Foundation and Loyola University Chicago Graduate School, 2014-2015

Conference Appearances

“Depicting Survival in a Marginalized Multiracial Community: The Street Photography of Bob Rehak, 1973-1977.” Urban History Association Conference, October 9, 2014, Philadelphia. 

“Albert Votaw: From Radical Leftist Intellectual to Liberal Urban Renewal Advocate.” Loyola University Graduate School Research Symposium, April 12, 2014, Chicago.

Innovative Reuse in the Post-Industrial City [Working Group], National Conference on Public History Annual Conference, March 22-24, 2014, Monterrey, California [Working Group Co-Creator and Co-Facilitator]

Digital “Drop-In” Consultant for Introductory GIS and Historical Census Data,National Conference on Public History Annual Conference, March 22-24, 2014, Monterrey, California

“‘Putting Ourselves on Display’: Urban Space, Militant Activism, and the Chicago Indian Village, 1970-1972,” American History Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC, January 2-5, 2014 [Panel Creator]

“Revisionist Public History” [Roundtable], Loyola University Chicago Graduate History Conference, Chicago, Illinois, November 3, 2012 [Roundtable Facilitator and Co-Creator]

“Chicken Teriyaki and a Blind Woodcarver with a Fake Southern Accent: Promoting Urban Renewal at the Uptown Chicago Folk Fair, 1959-1962,” Urban History Association Biennial Conference, New York City, New York,  October 2012

“Sustaining Industrial Re-use, Urban Farming, and Public History: A Case Study on an Interpretive Plan for The Plant”
Sustainability and Public History Working Group, National Conference on Public History Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, April 2012

“Modern Architecture as the Cultural Landscape of Urban Renewal: The Case for Preserving the Combined Insurance Headquarters Building in Uptown Chicago,” Northern Illinois University Graduate Student History Conference, DeKalb, Illinois, October 2011

“’Hillbilly’ Social Consciousness and Country Music in Chicago’s Uptown, 1957-1970,” Mid-America Conference on History, Little Rock, Arkansas, October 2010

Professional Experience

National Archives and Records Administration, Chicago
Student Worker
June-August 2010; June-August 2011

Pritzker Military Library, Chicago
July 2008-August 2009
Library Assistant
December 2005-June 2008

National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC
Archives Technician
December 2002-August 2004

Digital Humanities Skills

Geographic Information Systems


Team Leader for Grants and Institutional Giving, Rogers Park-West Ridge Historical Society, 2013 to present.

Board Member: Loyola University Chicago Libraries, 2012-2013

Volunteer Coach: Chicago Metro Area History Fair, 2013, 2014

Chair: Loyola University Chicago History Graduate Association Public History Committee, 2011-2012

Graduate Student-Faculty Liaison: Loyola University Chicago History Department, 2010-2012

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