Professor Soares was the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in North American Studies at Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada in Fall 2010. He consulted on the film Red Army (2015).

    "Cold War Hot Ice"

 This book project tells the story of international ice hockey during the Cold War in Canada, the United States, the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia. It shows how hockey programs helped to create national identities while serving as a form of psychological warfare and cultural diplomacy.

Or, to quote Canadian Will Ferguson: "Remember, hockey is not a metaphor for war; war is a metaphor for hockey."              You can listen here:

 John A. Soares, Jr.

So, whom should a historian of law, culture, and fashion marry?
Why, a historian of foreign policy, war, and sport, of course! Introducing my husband.



  • "Theory and Method in American Sport History," in The Routledge history of American Sport (New York and London: Routledge Press, 2017): 5-16.
  • "Hockey Diplomacy and U.S.-Canadian Relations in the Early Trudeau Years," 40:5 Diplomatic History (2016): 810-825.
  • "Assuming 'Its Place Among the Ice Hockey Centers in the Nation':The Capitals and Hockey in Washington,DC," in DC Sports: The Nation’s Capital at Play (University of Arkansas Press 2015), North American Society for Sport History's Winner of the Best Edited Collection.
  • "'Our Way of Life Against Theirs:' Ice Hockey and the Cold War," in Diplomatic Games: Sport, Statecraft, and International Relations Since 1945, edited by Heather L. Dichter and Andrew L. Johns (University Press of  Kentucky, 2014).
  • "Very Correct Adversaries’: The Cold War on Ice from 1947 to the Squaw Valley Olympics,” Winner of Best Article Prize published in The International Journal of the History of Sport in 2013.



  • Ph.D.       History, George Washington University
  • M. Phil.    History, George Washington University

  • B.A.     International Relations, University of Virginia

                          Linda Przybyszewski, PhD

Recent Courses

  • History of Irregular Warfare
  • U.S. And Post-Colonial Wars
  • Sport, America & the World
  • U.S. National Security Policy
  • War and the Modern World