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Eric J. Schmaltz

Eric J. Schmaltz

Dr. Eric J. Schmaltz is a professor at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, where he teaches Modern European and World History. Both sides of his family claim some Black Sea German ancestry, and their odyssey across half the globe influenced him to pursue the history profession.  Though born in North Dakota, he has lived in several states over the years (in some of them more than once), including Maryland, Arizona, Nebraska, Iowa, and Minnesota as well as time abroad as an exchange student at the University of Paderborn in Germany.  He earned a B.A. (1994) in History and German Language with honors at Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.  Following his M.A. (1996) in History at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, he completed a Ph.D. (2002) in History at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.  He specializes in Modern Germany and Modern Russia with an emphasis on ethnic and nationality studies, particularly German minorities in Russia and the former USSR.  He has also recently taken a greater interest in topics concerning Diasporas and transnationalism.

Despite significant teaching commitments, Schmaltz speaks at numerous conferences and public events.  He has also produced a variety of articles and German- and Russian-language translations for publication in the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (AHSGR) in Lincoln, Nebraska, the Germans from Russia Heritage Society (GRHS) in Bismarck, North Dakota, and the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection at the North Dakota State University (GRHC NDSU) Libraries in Fargo.  Other articles, reviews, and translations have appeared either online or in newsletters, local newspapers, interdisciplinary journals such as Ethnic and Racial Studies, Eurasia Studies Society Journal, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management, Journal of Genocide Research, Nationalities Papers, Oklahoma Politics, and Yearbook of the Society for German American Studies, as well as major international anthologies on the Holocaust by Berghahn Books and K. G. Saur Verlag.  In 2003, the GRHC NDSU Libraries in Fargo published his first monograph, An Expanded Bibliography and Reference Guide for the Former Soviet Union’s Germans: Issues of Ethnic Autonomy, Group Repression, Cultural Assimilation and Mass Emigration in the Twentieth Century and Beyond.  In addition to writing articles, he is currently working on three major book projects, two as editor and one as co-author. 

Schmaltz is co-executive director of the endowed Northwestern Oklahoma State University (NWOSU) Institute for Citizenship Studies.  He also serves as editor of GRHS Heritage Review, editorial board member of the AHSGR Journal of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, and member of the Board of Academic Advisors at the Center for Volga German Studies at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon.  Moreover, he is a member of the Society for German American Studies (SGAS) and the World History Association (WHA).