Steven Usitalo

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Steven Usitalo
Technology Center 369

Professor of History/Department Chair

B.A., University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Master’s Program (certificate received), University of Helsinki
M.A., Carleton University

Ph.D., McGill University


Professor Steven Usitalo is a specialist in Russian and Soviet history, modern genocide studies, and the history of film, as well as a recipient of several research grants. He co-edited an anthology on Russian history and published a monograph on the Russian polymath Mikhail Lomonosov. His research focuses on two areas: Russian/Soviet and Armenian film, and the history of the Roma in Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union. He is now at work on a study of the genocide of the Roma peoples on Soviet territory during World War II. Dr. Usitalo earned a B.A. in history from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; completed the master's program (certificate received) in political history from the University of Helsinki; earned an M.A in Soviet and East European studies from Carleton University; and received a Ph.D. in history from McGill University.


Courses Taught

HIST 122   Western Civilization II

HIST 256   Modern World History

HIST 313   The Middle East

HIST 329  The French Revolution and Napoleon

HIST 330   Nineteenth Century Europe

HIST 420   Twentieth Century Europe

HIST 443   Imperial Russia

HIST 444   Twentieth Century Russia

HIST 470   The Second World War

HIST 485   History of Genocide in the Modern Era

HIST 492   Amerika through Soviet Eyes

HIST 492   Introduction to Japanese Film

HIST 492   The Ottoman Empire and the Caucasus

HIST 492   War, Nationalism, and Terrorism

HIST 492   Roma in Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union

HIST 492   The First World War

HIST 492   Stalin and Stalinist Civilization