Shane J. Maddock


A North Dakotan by birth and a New Englander by choice, Shane Maddock earned degrees at Michigan State University and the University of Connecticut. In East Lansing and Storrs, he imbibed a love of history and college basketball that continues to the present.

Professor Maddock's general area of interest is Cold War America, both domestically and internationally. More specifically, he is interested in the interaction between culture (both popular and elite) and politics during this period. His latest book project explores the origins of U.S. nuclear nonproliferation policy and the influence of cultural perceptions and ideology on policy formation.

His next research project will explore American culture's fascination with death and violence and its relationship to American cultural and intellectual stagnation. Other teaching areas include the Vietnam War, post-1945 reform and radical movements, and U.S. popular culture.


  • B.A., Michigan State University
  • M.A., University of Connecticut
  • Ph.D., University of Connecticut

Courses Taught

  • America in the Nuclear Age
  • American Nation I
  • American Nation II
  • History of US Foreign Relations
  • US Popular Culture
  • United States Seminar: Topical