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History Department

Greg Gaut, Ph.D.
Greg Gaut
History - Associate Professor

(507) 457-6944

Greg Gaut came to Saint Mary's University to teach history in 1994. He has taught courses in modern European history, Russian history, and historical thinking and research. He has published articles on Russian and Soviet history, and during the summers of 2002 and 2004 he directed a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for School Teachers on how Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and Solovyov expressed their religious beliefs in literature.

He has served as a board member of the Winona County Historical Society and as a member of the building committee which oversaw the design and construction of the award winning Laird Norton addition to the society's downtown museum. He wrote the grant proposal which led to the NEH Planning Grant which funded the society development of a major new exhibit on the architectural legacy of Winona entitled "Identifies in Brick and Stone."

He is also a member of the City of Winona's Heritage Preservation Commission and the Minnesota State Review Board for the National Register of Historic Places.

Scholarly Interests
Modern Europe
Russia and the Soviet Union
Historic Architecture
Historic Preservation
Local History

Ph. D. in History, University of Minnesota, 1992
J.D., William Mitchell College of Law, 1974
B.A. in English (cum laude) Saint Mary’s College, 1969

Courses Recently Taught at SMU
H125 Europe & the World
H367 Europe in Era of World War (1914-1945)
H368 Contemporary Europe (1945-present)
H380 Imperial Russia
H381 20th Century Russia
H450 History without Boundaries
H460 Historical Research & Writing

Selected Publications
"Gorbymania—20 years later." (Commentary) Star Tribune (Minneapolis), June 3, 2010, p A11. Co-authored with Marsha Neff.

"Red Stars over Minnesota: The Gorbachevs visit the Twin Cities," Minnesota History 61, No 8 (Winter 2009-10): 346-359. Co-authored with Marsha Neff.

"Domestic life under Stalin’s terror," National Catholic Reporter, October 3, 2008. Review of Orlando Figes, The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia.

"Heroes of our time," National Catholic Reporter, March 7, 2008. Review essay on Archie Brown, Seven Years That Changed the World: Perestroika in Perspective and Anna Politkovskaya, A Russian Diary.

"'Save the Lady' - The Struggle for the Winona County Courthouse." Minnesota History 59 (Winter 2005-06): 316-334. Co-authored with Marsha Neff. This article won the 2008 David Gebhard Award for the best article on Minnesota's built environment from the Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians.

"The forgotten war in Chechnya." National Catholic Reporter, August 25, 2006. Review essay on Richard Sakwa, ed. Chechnya: From Past to Future.

"King's greatest speech isn't his only message." (commentary) Winona Daily News, January 15, 2006. Reprinted in the National Catholic Reporter, January 20, 2006, p 22.

"Soloviev, Vladimir Sergeevich." Encyclopedia of Russian History. 4 vols. Macmillan Reference USA, 2003.

"A Practical Unity: Vladimir Solov'ev and Russian Liberalism." Canadian Slavonic Papers 42 (2000): 295 314.

"Can a Christian be a Nationalist? Vladimir Solov'ev's Critique of Nationalism." Slavic Review 57 (1998): 77-94.

"Christian Politics: Vladimir Solovyov's Social Gospel Theology." Modern Greek Studies Yearbook 10/11 (1994-1995): 653 674.

"Soviet Jazz: Transforming American Music," pp. 60 82, 174 176 in Jazz in Mind: Essays on the History and Meanings of Jazz. Reginald T. Buckner and Steven Weiland, eds. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1991.

"To Ride as a Hare: A Leningrad Notebook." (Travel memoir) Milkweed Chronicle 7, No 3 (1986): 32-33.

Selected Presentations
"Martin Luther King's three great causes." Martin Luther King Day Celebration, SMU, January 17, 2011.

"Raze of Renovate? Winona County Courthouse Field Workshop." Minnesota Historic Preservation Conference, Winona, MN, September 2010

"The Elusive Big Picture: Preservation in Winona." Minnesota Historic Preservation Conference, Carleton College, Northfield, MN, September, 2008.

"A Clash of Visions: The Struggle for the Winona County Courthouse." Northern Great Plains History Conference, Minneapolis, MN, October, 2002.

"Vladimir Solovyov on Law and Morality," American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies Convention, Washington, DC, November, 2001.

"Vladimir Solov'ev's Concurrence with Russian Liberalism," International Conference on Vladimir Solov'ev, University of Nijmegen, Netherlands, October 1998.

Travel for Professional Development
Workshop: "Global Economic Justice," Lasallian Social Justice Institute, El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, July, 2007.

Immersion Course: "Justice and Peace in East Africa," Maryknoll Institute for African Studies at Tanganza University, Nairobi, Kenya, June-July, 2005.

Election Observation Delegation and Study Seminar: "Elections 2000: Shaping Mexico's Future," Augsburg College, Center for Global Education, Cuernavaca, Mexico, June 26-July 3, 2000.

Summer Seminar for College Teachers, "Empire and Nation in Russian and Soviet History," National Endowment for the Humanities, Columbia University, New York, 1996.

Summer Seminar for College Teachers: "Church and State in Russia, 1860-1930," National Endowment for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia, 1994.