Dennis J. Dunn is Regents' and University Distinguished Professor of History and director of international studies. He teaches courses on Russia, East Europe, world affairs, world history, Western civilization, and international relations. He has been a visiting research scholar at the Vatican, Oxford University, Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, Pacific Cultural Foundation, London School of Economics and Political Science, and Centre d'études surl'U.R.S.S. et l'Europe Orientales. The Ford Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, Texas Educational Foundation, American Bar Association, West Foundation, and the Canadian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Trade have supported his research and teaching.
Educational Background :
Ph.D. - Kent State University
M.A. (History) - John Carroll University
B.A. (Classics) - John Carroll University
Recent Research Topics :
Catholic Church in Russia; American-Russian Relations; History of Orthodox, Islamic, and Western
Christian Political Values; Religion and International Relations
Previous Publications :
History of the Catholic Church and Soviet Russia, 1917-1939 (London and New York: Routledge, 2017).
History of Orthodox, Islamic, and Western Christian Political Values (New York: Palgrave Macmmillan, 2016.)
The Catholic Church and Russia: Popes, Patriarchs, Tsars and Commissars, Ashgate Publishers, 2004.
Caught Between Roosevelt and Stalin: America’s Ambassadors to Moscow. University of Kentucky Press, 1998 (Mezhdu Ruzvel’tom I Stalinym: Amerikanskie posly v Moskve. Translated into Russian by Mikhail Grebnev, Sergei Mitrich Publisher, Moscow, 2004.
Détente and Papal-Communist Relations, 1962-1978. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1979).
The Catholic Church and the Soviet Government, 1939-1949 (New York: Columbia University Press, 1977).
Awards and Accomplishments :
Everette Swinney Teaching Award (2014); Piper Professor nominee (2014). MA thesis advisee Dylan
Harmon-Donovan won best thesis in IS in 2015; MA advisee Steven Thompson won best thesis in history in 2012
Professional Memberships :
American Historical Association; International Studies Association; Association for Slavic, East European,
and Eurasian Studies; American Catholic Historical Association; Southern Historical Association
A survey of the origins and development of Western Civilization from earliest times to 1715.
A survey of the history of Western Civilization from 1715 to the present.
A comparative survey of world civilizations from earliest times to the seventeenth century from a Western perspective.
A comparative survey of world civilizations from the eighteenth century to the present from a Western perspective.
A survey of Kievan Rus, Muscovy, and the Russian Empire to 1917.
A survey of the history of Russia and Eurasia from 1917 to the present.
A survey of the history of Eastern Europe from 1914 to the present.
A comparative history of religion in Russia from 1917 to the present.
A research seminar focusing on modern Russian history.
A research seminar focusing on modern East European history.
A research seminar focusing on comparative history of religion.
A seminar designed to enhance research and writing skills in history.
A seminar designed for students who are beginning to write a thesis.
A seminar designed for students who are completing the writing of a thesis.
A senior seminar capstone course for majors in International Studies. The course focuses on current problems in geopolitics and globalization from an historical perspective.
A directed internship course where the student both works to enhance international job skills and researches and writes a major paper on an international topic related to his internship work