Associate Professor, UFV
Education: PhD (University of Notre Dame)
Specialty: Twentieth-century German history, modern European history, Holocaust, Religion, Israel/Palestine, Peacebuilding
Steven’s work focuses on conflict and peacebuilding in modern Europe, particularly in Germany. His Master’s thesis (UBC) examines the Mennonite community of West Prussia during the Nazi era. Supported by the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), Steven conducted research in Europe in 2004-2005, and he has presented his work at conferences in Canada, Germany, Austria, and the United States. His book (2013), "To Forget it All and Begin Anew: Reconciliation in Occupied Germany, 1944-1954," explores the motivations and actions of individuals and NGOs from Germany and abroad, who during the first decade after the Second World War laboured to establish peaceful relations between the German people and their wartime victims and enemies.
Publications and Reviews
- Book: To Forget it All and Begin Anew: Reconciliation in Occupied Germany, 1944-1954, University of Toronto Press, 2013.
- "Reflections on the Indian Residential Schools and the Work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada," Contemporary Church History Quarterly Vol. 19, No. 3, September 2013.
- Book Review - Monica Duffy Toft, Daniel Philpott, Timothy Samuel Shah, God's Century: Resurgent Religion and Global Politics (New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2011). Association of Contemporary Church Historians Quarterly Vol.18, No.3, September (2012), 21-23.
- Review of Recently Published Articles: "New Research on Churches in Postwar Germany," Association of Contemporary Church Historians Quarterly Vol. 17, No. 3, September (2011), 23-25.
- Book Review – Shalom Goldman, Zeal for Zion: Christians, Jews, and the Idea of the Promised Land (UNC Press, 2010), Association of Contemporary Church Historians Quarterly, September (2010): 9-11.
- Book Review - Ruth Derksen Siemens, Remember Us: Letters From Stalin’s Gulag (1930-37): Volume I: The Regehr Family (Kitchener: Pandora Press, 2007), Journal of Mennonite Studies Volume 28 (2010): 274-276.
- Book Review - Peter J. Klassen, Mennonites in Early Modern Poland and Prussia. (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), Direction 39, no.1 (Spring 2010): 119-120.
- Book Review - Kevin Spicer, Hitler’s Priests: Catholic Clergy and National Socialism. (Northern Illinois Press, 2008), Canadian Journal of History 43, no.3 (Winter 2008): 559-561.
- Journal Article: "Mennonite-Nazi Collaboration and Coming to Terms with the Past: European Mennonites and the MCC, 1945-1950," Conrad Grebel Review 21, no.2 (Spring 2003): 6-16 .
- Book Review – Cynthia Sampson and John Paul Lederach (eds.). From the Ground Up: Mennonite Contributions to International Peacemaking. (Oxford University Press, 2000), Association of Contemporary Church Historians 7, no.5 (May 2001).
Committees and Professional Associations
- Peace and Conflict Studies – Chair, Peace and Conflict Studies Working Group
- Coordinator: Mennonite Studies, 2010 -ongoing
- Editorial Board: Association of Contemporary Church Historians, December 2009 - Ongoing
- Chair: Program Committee: Mennonite Studies, 2009-ongoing.
- Director: Mennonite Faith and Learning Society (MFLS), 2007-ongoing. Established the Centre for Mennonite Studies at UFV, June 2009.
- Member: German Studies Association, 2006-ongoing
- Member: Peace and Justice Studies Association, 2013-ongoing
- "Compromise for Goodness’ Sake: Rainer Eppelmann, the Enquete Commissions, and the Re-Formation of German National Identity"
- "’The World Will Not Leave Us Alone’: Reconciliation and Peacebuilding in Germany, 1945-1949," German Studies Association Conference, Milwaukee WI, October 4-7, 2012
- "Christian-Jewish Reconciliation in Occupied Germany." American Historical Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, January 2007.
- "Beyond Guilt and Victimhood: Reconciliation in Occupied German, 1945-1952." After Fascism Conference, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria, 19-21 May, 2005.
- "NGOs and Reconciliation in Occupied Germany, 1945-1948." Heidelberg Institute for American Studies, Winter Colloquium, Ruprecht-Karls Universität, Heidelberg, Germany, 14-15 January, 2005.
- "Mennonite-Nazi Collaboration and Coming to Terms with the Past: East European Mennonites and the MCC, 1945-1950." Issues in the Future of Anabaptist-Mennonite Scholarship, Toronto, ON, 21-23 November, 2002.
- "Jus Sanguinis, Guest Workers and Immigration: Challenges to German Sovereignty, National Identity and Notions of Citizenship over the Last Five Decades." International German Colloquium, Vancouver, BC, 30 May – 1 June, 2001.
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