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Eric J. Schmaltz

Eric J. SchmaltzDr. Eric J. Schmaltz is an associate 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. After receiving 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.

Besides speaking at numerous conferences and public events since the mid-1990s, Schmaltz has 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, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Journal of Genocide Research, Nationalities Papers, and Oklahoma Politics, as well as major international anthologies on the Holocaust by Berghahn Books and K. G. Saur Verlag. In 2003, 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, was published by the GRHC NDSU Libraries in Fargo.

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

Schmaltz continues to labor on various short- and long-term research and translation projects for possible publication as articles and books, most of them in connection with the history of the Germans from Russia.