Steven Maddox holds an MA in Russian and East European Studies and a PhD in History from the University of Toronto. Along with courses in Russian and Soviet history, Dr. Maddox regularly teaches courses on the history of Europe in the twentieth century, soccer in global history, as well as the history of mass violence in global perspective. Maddox’s research focuses on the Soviet Union under Stalin. His book, Saving Stalin’s Imperial City: Historic Preservation in Leningrad, 1930-1950 (Indiana University Press, 2015), is a study of the evolution of Stalinist ideology and the use of the Russian past to mobilize “Soviet” patriotism during the tumultuous interwar years, WWII, and the early Cold War. He is currently working on two research projects. One examines the German occupation of Leningrad province during WWII, and focuses specifically on forced population movements, violence and mass killings, as well as the Soviet regime’s attempts to reassert control over the territory in the postwar years. The second project is a study of leisure and sport during Stalinism. His article, "Gulag Football: Competitive and Recreational Sport in Stalin's System of Forced Labor," is forthcoming in Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History. This work explores the popularity – and political uses – of sport in one of the twentieth century’s most inhumane and murderous penal institutions.
Participant in the ITS International Research Workshop titled “The Holocaust in Eastern Europe in the Records of the International Tracing Service Digital Archive,” held at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. 28 July-1 August, 2014.
Canisius College Faculty Summer Research/Publication Fellowship. 2012.
Participant in the Curt C. and Else Silberman Seminar for University Faculty: "Teaching about the Holocaust: An Integrated Approach," held at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. June 2011.
Participant in the Jack and Anita Hess Seminar For University Faculty: "The Holocaust in the USSR," held at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. January 2010.
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Counsel of Canada (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship. 2003-2006.
Saving Stalin’s Imperial City: Historic Preservation in Leningrad, 1930-1950. Indiana University Press, 2015.
“Gulag Soccer: Competitive and Recreational Sport in the Stalin’s Forced-Labor System, 1933-1955.” Forthcoming in Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History.
“Prestupleniia i nakazaniia: Karatel’nye otriady v Leningradskoi oblasti, 1941-1944,” in Oleg Budnitskii, ed., SSSR vo Vtoroi mirovoi voine. Okkupatsiia. Kholokost. Stalinism (ROSSPEN, 2014). [Crimes and Punishment: Punitive Brigades in Leningrad Province, 1941-1944,” in The USSR in the Second World War. Occupation. Holocaust. Stalinism.]
“‘These Monuments Must be Protected!’ Stalin's Turn to the Past and Historic Preservation during the Blockade of Leningrad.” The Russian Review 70, no.4 (October 2011): 608–26.
“The Memory of the Blockade and its Function in the Immediate Postwar Restoration of Leningrad,” in Nikita Lomagin, ed., Bitva za Leningrad. Diskussionnye problemy (St. Petersburg: Evropeiskii dom, 2009).