Seminars & Events

Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference

On March 29 at George Washington University, four Saint Mary's students will present their research at the Phi Alpha Theta Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference. The history department wishes them the best of luck.

Program Highlight

Historic St. Mary's City

The Colonial History Concentration takes advantage of our special relationship with Historic St. Mary's City, the first capital of Maryland and a colonial archeological site, research facility, and museum.


SMP Spotlight

Matt Anthony, "Pickin' Up the Pieces: Country-rock and the End of the Sixties," 2013.

“My St. Mary's Project offered a way for me to merge my love of popular music with my research interests. Working closely with my mentor, Dr. Chuck Holden, gave me an in-depth insight into the work of an historian. I had the opportunity to pursue research avenues that are not typically part of the undergraduate experience, including archival work at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library & Archives in Cleveland, Ohio, and conducting oral histories with several performers from the 1960s and 1970s. Even after a year of thorough research and writing, my SMP left me feeling that I have only scratched the surface of a very rich topic which I hope will be the basis of further study as I enter graduate school."




Thomas Barrett
Professor of History

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Departments: History
Office: Kent Hall, Room 203
Phone: (240) 895-4466


Curriculum Vitae


  • PhD, Georgetown University (major: Russian history; minor: modern Europe), Washington, DC, May 1997; dissertation--"The Terek Cossacks and the North Caucasus Frontier, 1700-1860"
  • MA, Russian Area Studies (specializing in history), Georgetown University, Washington, DC, 1986
  • BS, Commerce, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1982
  • Czech Summer Language Institute, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, Summer 2000
  • American Council of Teachers of Russian Summer Language Program, Herzen Institute, Leningrad and Pushkin Institute, Moscow, Summer 1987
  • Summer Russian Workshop, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, Summer 1984

Spring 2013 Courses

  • HIST 105: Western Civilization
  • HIST 393: Topics: 20th Century Eastern Europe
  • HIST 405: Spies, Sputniks, and Fallout Shelters

Previous Courses

  • CORE 101: First Contact: Soviet and American Science Fiction during the Cold War
  • HIST 105: Western Civilization
  • HIST 268: Russian Civilization
  • HIST 342: History of the Soviet Union and Russia 
  • HIST 343: Medieval Russia
  • HIST 345: Imperial Russia
  • HIST 393: St. Petersburg: History, Myth, and Memory
  • HIST 395: Theories and Uses of History
  • HIST 435: World War II in Russian Culture
  • HIST 435: The Soviet Union during the Late Stalin Period and the Thaw
  • HIST 447: History of Russian and Soviet Cinema
  • HIST 475: Cold War Culture in the United States and the Soviet Union
  • HIST 475: Mass Culture and the Creation of the Modern
  • HIST 475: History of Silent Cinema 

Areas of Specialty

  • Russian and Soviet History
  • History of the Russian Empire
  • East European History
  • Russian Popular Music
  • Cossack History
  • Cold War Culture
  • Frontier History
  • Popular Culture