Steven A. Barnes joined the George Mason University faculty in 2004. He received his Ph.D in Russian, Soviet, and East European history from Stanford University in 2003. His dissertation, entitled Soviet Society Confined: The Gulag in the Karaganda Region of Kazakhstan, 1930s-1950s,reconsiders the history of the Soviet system of forced labor concentration camps and internal exile through memoirs and recently opened archives of the Gulag system. He has done field research in Russia and Kazakhstan. Dr. Barnes’s research has been published in the journals Slavic Review, Kritika, and International Labor and Working Class History. Dr. Barnes is currently writing a book on the history of the Gulag. Additionally, with the National Parks Service and the Gulag Museum in Perm, Russia, he is working on a traveling museum exhibit on the history of the Gulag opening at Ellis Island in May 2006. With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and working with the Center for History and New Media, Dr. Barnes is building a website on the history of the Gulag. Information on both these projects can be found at www.gulaghistory.org.