Steven Usitalo
Professor of History/Department Chair
Technology Center 369

PH.D. McGill University, 2003

M.A. Carleton University, 1991

Master's Program/Certificate, University of Helsinki, 1990

B.A. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 1988



Professor Steven Usitalo is a specialist in Russian and Soviet history, modern genocide studies, and the history of film. He is the recipient of several research grants. He co-edited an anthology on Russian history and published a monograph on the Russian polymath Mikhail Lomonosov. Dr. Usitalo is finishing a substantially revised Russian translation of his book on 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. When time allows, he is 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 he received his Ph.D. in history from McGill University. In his spare time, he loves to travel. In fact, when he's busy, he also loves to travel. Never stop moving and never look back!


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 The Roma in Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union

HIST 492 The First World War

HIST 492 Stalin and Stalinist Civilization