Kenneth Steuer

Kenneth Steuer

Kenneth Steuer

Kenneth Steuer
Dr. Kenneth Steuer
Adjunct Professor
M.S., Georgetown University
Ph.D., University of Minnesota (1998)
World History and Modern Europe

Office: (269) 387-4650

4301 Friedmann Hall

Mailing Address
Department of History
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5334


Building on my experience in developing the International Studies Program at Indiana University, I strive to expose students to the global dimensions of historical events in European and World History. This includes a strong emphasis on world geography and the relevance of historical events to contemporary issues. I teach a variety of European history courses covering the period from 1815 to 1945 (including British History), American Military History and World History since 1500. I design my advanced History courses to help students produce research projects that can be used beyond the classroom, such as writing samples for Graduate School applications or for job interviews. I plan to develop a history internship that will address the digitization of World War I material through a new website supported by WMU.


My research interests focus on the role and operations of social welfare agencies and international organizations during the First World War and the interwar years. My first project was an examination of the Young Men's Christian Association and relief services to prisoners of war during the Great War. This has expanded to include an analysis of the role of welfare agencies in providing morale work for Allied soldiers and the establishment of social welfare operations in the new countries of Eastern Europe after World War I. In conjunction with the United Nations Library in Geneva, I have done extensive research involving the League of Nations and Nobel Peace Prize laureates affiliated with the League and the UN. Much of my work has revolved around the digitization of historical primary sources, including the publication of my first book as an electronic monograph with the American Historical Association's Gutenberg-e Project. The goal of this program is to develop the "next generation" of digital book that includes primary documents, interactive maps, music, and extensive image collections that exceeds the information found in traditional historical studies.

Recent Publications

"German Propaganda and Prisoners of War in World War I." In Troy Paddock, ed. Propaganda in World War I. Brill:Leiden, the Netherlands and Boston, 2011.

The American YMCA and Prisoner of War Diplomacy with the Central Powers during the First World War. New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 2009.

A Century of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates From Pre-World War I Peace Movements to the United Nations. Geneva, Switzerland: United Nations Press, March 2006.

A Century of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Website. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Libaries, 2005.

"Service for Soldiers: American Social Welfare Agencies in World War I." In Timothy C. Dowling, ed. Prespectives of World War I. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Cilo, 2004.

"League of Nations Digitization Project." League of Nations Photograph Collection Website. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Libaries, 2003.


Department of History
4301 Friedmann Hall
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5334 USA
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