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Paul M. Hagenloh

Paul M. Hagenloh

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405B Maxwell Hall

Paul M. Hagenloh

Associate Professor, History Department


  • 2024 Spring
    • MAX 132 Global Community
    • HST 365 Russia in the Twentieth Century
  • 2023 Fall
    • MAX 132 Global Community
    • HST 364 The Origins of Modern Russia
  • 2023 Spring
    • MAX 132 Global Community
    • HST 301 Practicum in the Study of History
  • 2022 Fall
    • MAX 132 Global Community
    • HST 365 Russia in the Twentieth Century
  • 2022 Spring
    • MAX 123 Critical Issues for the United States
    • HST 301 Practicum in the Study of History

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin


Paul Hagenloh specializes in the history of Russia and the USSR. His research in this field focuses on Stalinism, genocide and terrorism. He is author of "Stalin’s Police: Public Order and Mass Repression in the USSR, 1926-1941" (Wilson Center Press/Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), along with articles and book chapters on state terrorism and dictatorship in the twentieth-century.

Hagenloh has held fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., and at the Center for Contemporary Historical Research in Potsdam, Germany. He has also been a fellow of the American Council on Education, hosted by the University of Rochester, and has expertise in higher-education policy, law and administration.

Hagenloh was the founding chair of the Maxwell Program in Citizenship and Civic Engagement (CCE), and he serves as a planning facilitator for the Society of College and University Planning (SCUP). 

Areas of Expertise

Modern Russia

Research Interests

History of Russia and the USSR, history of policing, modern dictatorships, genocide, critical theory

Research Grant Awards and Projects

"John Ben Snow Merit Award and CCE Engagement Grants", Sponsored by The John Ben Snow Foundation, Inc..

Selected Publications

  • Book
    • Hagenloh, P. M., Stalin's Police: Public Order and Mass Repression in the USSR, 1926-1941. Woodrow Wilson Center Press / The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.
  • Journal Articles
    • Hagenloh, P. M., "Terror and the Gulag. Review Forum: Stalinist Terror." Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, 2010.
    • Hagenloh, P. M., "'Chekist in Essence, Chekist in Spirit': Regular and Political Police in the 1930s." Cahiers du Monde Russe, 2001.
  • Book Chapters
    • Hagenloh, P. M., "Discipline, Terror and the State." In The Oxford Handbook of European History, 1914-1945. Doumanis, N. (ed.) Oxford University Press, 2016.
    • Hagenloh, P. M., "State Terrorism in Early Twentieth-Century Europe." In The Routledge History of Terrorism. Law, R. (ed.) Routledge, 2015.
    • Hagenloh, P. M., "Mass Operations under Lenin and Stalin." In The Anatomy of Terror: Political Violence Under Stalin. Harris, J. (ed.) Oxford University Press, 2013.
    • Hagenloh, P. M., "'Socially Harmful Elements' and the Great Terror." In Stalinism: New Directions. Fitzpatrick, S. (ed.) Routledge, 2000.
  • Book Reviews
    • Hagenloh, P. M., Livingstone, R. (Translator), "Moscow, 1937 by Karl Schlögel." In American Historical Review. , 2014.
    • Hagenloh, P. M., "Death and Redemption: The Gulag and the Shaping of Soviet Society by Steven A. Barnes." In American Historical Review. , 2012.
    • Hagenloh, P. M., "The Soviet Dream World of Retail Trade and Consumption in the 1930s by Amy Randall." In Europe–Asia Studies. , 2011.
    • Hagenloh, P. M., "Terror and Democracy in the Age of Stalin: The Social Dynamics of Repression by Wendy Goldman." In Social History. , 2010.
    • Hagenloh, P. M., "The Unknown Gulag: The Lost World of Stalin's Special Resettlements by Lynne Viola." In Social History. , 2008.
    • Hagenloh, P. M., "Stalin's Outcasts: Aliens, Citizens, and the Soviet State, 1926–1936 by Golfo Alexopoulos." In Law and History Review. , 2007.

Presentations and Events

2017 Council of Fellows (COF) Weekend, "Executive Leadership Search: Implicit Bias and Diversity in Higher Education" (June 9, 2017)

45th Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies, "The Russian Military and the Revolutionary Experience, 1914-1921" (November 22, 2013)

44th Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies, "Military Violence and Soviet Administration in the Russian Civil War" (November 17, 2012)

Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, "Law and Order in Late Imperial and Early Soviet Society" (November 20, 2011)

Stalinist Terror: Contexts, Origins, and Dynamics, Leeds University, "Mass Operations and Soviet Statecraft under Lenin and Stalin" (August 2, 2010 - August 4, 2010)

Previous Teaching Appointments

Associate Professor, Department of History, Syracuse University, August 2008–
Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Alabama, 2001–2008
Havighurst Teaching Fellow, Miami University of Ohio, 2000–2001
Lecturer, Department of History, University of Texas at Austin, 1999

Honors and Accolades

Summer Workshop of the Soviet Archives Research Project (July, 2010)