Steven Welch took his undergraduate degree at the College of the Holy Cross and completed post-graduate degrees (M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.) in modern European history at Columbia University. Prior to taking up his position at Melbourne he taught at Barnard College, Swarthmore College and the University of California at Irvine. His early published work deals with popular education and political socialisation in nineteenth-century Germany. His current research focuses on the military and social history of the Third Reich. He is presently completing a book on German deserters in WWII as well as a book on Germans prosecuted for the crime of "subversion" in the Third Reich. His teaching interests include modern German history, twentieth-century military history, the comparative study of fascism and the history of genocide. In 2003 he won the Faculty of Arts Excellence in Teaching Award.