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Jerome Arkenberg

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Jerome S. Arkenberg is an American historian. He is a History Professor at Columbia College Chicago, and Waubonsee Community College, the Associate Editor for H-Net's H-Law from 1999 - 2016, and the author of entries in Reader's Guides, Historical Dictionaries and Specialist Encyclopedias. He is primarily known for being the Contributing Editor for the Internet History Sourcebooks Project since 1998, responsible for contributing hundreds of primary sources to this pedagogically highly important site.[1]


Jerome Arkenberg was born in Oak Park, Illinois, but spent his early boyhood in Melrose Park, Illinois before his family moved to Oak Park, Illinois, where he went on to graduate from Oak Park and River Forest High School. He first studied at Loyola University of Chicago, completing a B.A. with a Double Major in History and Political Science, then going on to receive a Juris Doctor degree at the University of Illinois College of Law. After several years of legal practice in Oak Park and Chicago, he returned to Loyola University of Chicago and completed an M.A.[2] in Ancient and Medieval History. He went on to study Medieval History, Manuscripts and Lawbooks at the University of California, Los Angeles.


He has taught at California State University, Los Angeles, Cypress College, Chaffey College, Chapman University, Concordia University, Irvine, California State University, Fullerton, Northern Illinois University, University of St. Francis, University of Illinois at Chicago, Dominican University, Lake Forest College, Waubonsee Community College, Triton College, DePaul University, Columbia College Chicago, McHenry County College, and Marmion Academy.[3]

In addition he has worked as a Law Librarian, Law Clerk, and Attorney at Law in Illinois in State and Federal Courts, and more recently as a Law Clerk in California. He has also worked as a Researcher for the Loyola University of Chicago Department of History and the University of California, Los Angeles Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

He was the first Adjunct Faculty elected to serve as a member of the California State University, Fullerton Academic Senate in the years 2002-2005, and was the first Adjunct Faculty to ever serve on a college-wide committee, the Library Committee, at California State University Fullerton from 2004 - 2005. Additionally, also at California State University, Fullerton, he served on the World History Board from 1999 to 2005, and the Committee on Faculty Merit Increase from 1999 to 2001. He also founded California State University, Fullerton History Teaching Group, which met from 2002 to 2005.[4]

He has been the Department Representative for the Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences since 2014, a member of the Curriculum Committee since 2016, and a member of the External Chair Search Committee for 2017 - 2018, all at Columbia College Chicago. [5]

He has also received the British Academy Neil Ripley Ker Memorial Award; a Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California; a Ball Foundation Fellowship at the Lilly Library, Indiana University; a Lilly Foundation Fellowship on Teaching at Hope College in Holland, Michigan; and a Certificate in Teaching Mastery from the Teaching and Learning Academy at California State University Fullerton. Additionally, he was a Faculty Fellow at the Andrew Carnegie Foundation Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in the year 2000.[6]


In addition to publishing his own work, he has digitized and edited hundreds of historical works that are made available by the Internet History Sourcebooks Project.[7] He has also edited the ''Guide to Medieval Terms [27] and "A List of Fiction For Students of History: Ancient and Medieval".[8]



The Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History, ed. ISBN 0-9743091-0-9 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.

  • "Constantine the Great"

A Reader's Guide to British History, ed. ISBN 1-57958-242-7 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.

  • "The Statutes of Quo Warranto to 1485"
  • "The General Eyre to 1485"
  • "The Thirteenth Century Statutes of Westminster"
  • "Law Enforcement in England to 1536".

The Historical Dictionary of Late Medieval England, 1272-1485. ISBN 0-313-29124-1 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.

  • "Quia Emptores, Statute of (1290)"
  • "Chief Justice Ralph de Hengham, Jurist (d.1311)"
  • "Quo Warranto Proceedings and Statutes to 1535."

The Encyclopedia of the Ancient World, ISBN 0-89356-038-3 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.

  • "Fulvia (80-40 B.C.E.)"
  • "Ælle, King of the South Saxons (450-491 C.E.)"
  • "Lucius Licinius Lucullus (117-56 B.C.E.)"

Late Medieval Age of Crisis and Renewal, 1300-1500: A Biographical Dictionary. ISBN 0-313-30588-9 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.

  • "Thomas Bourgchier, Cardinal Archbishop of Canterbury (1411-1486)"
  • "Nicholas Hereford, Oxford Theologian & Lollard (1355? - 1420?)"
  • "Philip Repyngdon, Cardinal, Bishop of Lincoln, and Lollard (1360?- 1424)"
  • "Ranulf Higden, Historian (fl. 1299-1364)"
  • "John of Fordoun, Historian (d. 1384-87?)"
  • "Andrew of Wyntoun, Historian (1350? - 1420-25?)".


  • Garth Fowden’s "Empire to Commonwealth: Consequences of Monotheism in Late Antiquity" (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993), International Journal of Ancient Iranian Studies, Vol. 1, No. 2 (2002) 57-61.
  • Jan Bremmer's "The Early Greek Concept of the Soul" (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1983), in The Pomegranate: A Journal of Pagan Studies 15 (2001): 55-56.


  • "The Proletariat's Proletariat", Senate Forum, XVIII:2 (Spring 2003), 15.
  • "We can beat terrorists, but they can’t whip U.S.," Orange County Register, October 14, 2001.
  • "The Story Behind a Stray Medieval Manuscript Leaf" Harvard Library Bulletin (Winter 1997) New Series, v. 8, no. 4, p46-54.[9]
  • "Licinii Murenae, Terentii Varrones, and Varrones Murenae. II: The Enigma of Varro Murena," Historia 42:4 (1993): 471-491.
  • "Licinii Murenae, Terentii Varrones, and Varrones Murenae. I: A Prosopographical Study of Three Roman Families," Historia 42:3 (1993): 326-351.


  • Editor, The Naked Past: Revealing Records of Human History, East Asian Edition, 2019.
  • Editor, The Naked Past: Revealing Records of Human History, Indic Edition, 2016.
  • Editor. The Naked Past: Revealing Records of Human History, American Dream Edition, 2019.
  • Editor, The Naked Past: Revealing Records of Human History, Medieval Civilization, Third Edition, 2018.
  • Editor, The Naked Past: Revealing Records of Human History, Modern Times, Sixth Edition, 2018.
  • Editor, The Naked Past: Revealing Records of Human History, Ancient Civilization, Third Edition, 2018.
  • Editor, The Naked Past: Revealing Records of Human History, Western Civilization, New Edition, 2008.
  • Editor, The Naked Past: Revealing Records of Human History, World History, Third New Edition 2008.
  • Editor, Africa: Now and Forever, 2007.
  • Author, The Naked Past Uncovered: A Course of Lectures, 2 Vols. 2002.


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