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Nicholas Steneck, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History

"My teaching philosophy is based on developing individual mentoring and coaching relationships. I want my students to grow as individuals, professionally and personally. To do this, I stress the "real world" practicality of the knowledge and skills the study of history has to offer, such as critical analysis, effective written and oral communication, and geographical literacy. I also emphasize how active intellectual curiosity will help students become more thoughtful, engaged members of society."

Dr. Steneck says he supposes it was inevitable that he ended up teaching history. As the son of college history professors, his interest in and passion for the subject developed early, while excellent high school and college instructors encouraged him to pursue what he loved to do most, which is teach and work with students. Prior to coming to FSC, Dr. Steneck attended and taught at several schools in the Midwest, on the East Coast, and in Europe. He also worked in the private sector and as a public historian.
Why study history? History is a challenging subject, but studying it preparing you well for life after college. The skills you learn studying history are fundamental for any information-based career.

Courses Taught

World History Survey; History of Modern East Asia; History of the Middle East; Europe in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century; Europe During the World Wars; History of Cold War Europe; History of Modern Germany; Nineteenth Century German History; Twentieth Century German History; European Military History, 1870 to the Present; History of the Second World War; History of Terror and Terrorism in the Modern Era; History of Intelligence; The Theory and Methodology of History


Ph. D., M. A., History, Ohio State University
M. A., Security Policy Studies, George Washington University
B. A., (Honors), University of Michigan

Honors and Awards

Selected to participage in the Symposium "Prospects for European Integration," sponsored by the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, German American Fulbright Commission, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and Robert Bosch Stiftung, hosted by the German Embassy, Washington, DC - 2006

Selected to participate in the 2002 Trans-Atlantic Summer Institute, held at the University of Minnesota, sponsored by the Center for German and European Studies, a consortium of the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin-Madison supported by the German Academic Exchange Service, in cooperation with the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat, Munich - 2002

Recent publications

2012 “Avoiding Götterdämmerung (Again): Historical Experience and the Evolution of Early-­‐Cold War West German Civil Defense Planning,” to be presented at the annual meeting of the German Studies Association, October 2012.

2012 “Citizen Hausfrau, Citizen Civil Defense Worker: Defining the New German Woman in the Early-­‐ Cold War Germanys,” presented as part of a Group for Central European History sponsored panel at the American Historical Association, January 2012.

2011 Discussant for the Panel, “Ideal and Real Women in Conflict: Changing Gender Roles in World War I,” Annual Meeting of the Georgia Association of Historians, February 2011.

2010 “From Hausfrau to Civil Defense Worker: Defining the New German Women in Early-­‐Cold War Germany,” presented at Cold War Cultures: Transnational and Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Conference at the University of Texas at Austin), October 2010.