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Faculty and Staff

History Department
E332 Thompson Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
Phone: (716) 673-3277
Fax: (716) 673-3332

staplesJohn Staples

Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1999


E332 Thompson Hall
Office Phone: 716/673-3277


Research Interests:

My research focuses on the roles that ethno-cultural communities on the peripheral regions of Russia and the Soviet Union played in determining their own paths of development, and the strategies they cultivated to defend their cultures and communities from the state. A particular interest is the history of Russian and Soviet Mennonites.

Teaching Interests: I specialize in the history of Russia and the Soviet Union and teach the following courses: 

  • Western Civilization II
  • Doing History 
  • History of the Ukraine
  • Medieval Russia, 860-1700 
  • Imperial Russia 
  • Twentieth Century Russia


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