Ben Whisenhunt

Ben Whisenhunt

Affiliate Instructor

    Bradley Hall 333


Ph.D., History, University of Illinois at Chicago
M.A., History, University of Nebraska at Omaha
B.A., History and Russian, Cornell College


Ben Whisenhunt is an Affiliate Faculty in History. He is also Professor Emeritus of History at College of DuPage. He is currently the Co-Managing Editor of the Journal of Russian Studies (JRAS) He has published eight books on Russian history. He is currently working on a biography of Albert Rhys Williams, eyewitness to the Russian Revolution and lifelong defender of the Soviet system.


  • History 203: U.S. History to 1877
  • History 204: U.S. History since 1877
  • History 308: Modern Terrorism


  • James Cracraft, Revolutions and the Making of the Modern World: From Peter the Great to Karl Marx, Edited by William Benton Whisenhunt, Berlin: Peter Lang Publishing, 2021.
  • John Reed, Ten Days That Shook the World, Edited and introduced by William Benton Whisenhunt, Bloomington, IN: Slavica Publishers, 2018.
  • Albert Rhys Williams, Through the Russian Revolution, Edited and introduced by William Benton Whisenhunt, Bloomington, IN: Slavica Publishers, 2016.
  • New Perspectives on Russian-American Relations, Edited by William Benton Whisenhunt and Norman E. Saul, London and New York: Routledge, 2016. Paperback, 2019.
  • Marguerite Harrison, Marooned in Moscow: An American Woman Imprisoned in Soviet Russia, Edited and introduced by William Benton Whisenhunt, Montpelier, VT: Russian Life Books, 2011.
  • with assistance from Kay Braulik, Learning is the Greatest Adventure: A History of College DuPage, 1966-2006, Digital Commons, College of DuPage, 2009.
  • with Marina Swoboda, A Russian Paints America: The Travels of Pavel P. Svin’in, 1811-1813, Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2008.  Publication supported by a grant of $8,000 from the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Nominated for translation prize, Rossisca Foundation
  • Russian and Soviet History: From the Time of Troubles to the Collapse of the Soviet Union, Edited by Steven A. Usitalo and William Benton Whisenhunt, Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2008.
  • In Search of Legality: Mikhail M. Speranskii and the Codification of Russian Law (East European Monographs no. 570) New York: Columbia University Press, 2001.


  • Outstanding Faculty Award, Liberal Arts Division, College of DuPage, 2021-2022.
  • J. William Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, Ryazan' State University, Ryazan', Russia, 2006.
  • Visiting Lecturer, Canterbury Christchurch University, Canterbury, England, 2001.