Faculty & Staff

History and Political Science

Blake Slonecker, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History and Political Science
Phone: 641-585-8321
Fax: 641-585-8194
Email: blake.slonecker@waldorf.edu

Ph.D. History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2009
M.A. History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2006
B.A. Honors History, Gonzaga University, 2004


Blake Slonecker came to Waldorf College from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned his PhD in History in 2009. As a historian of 20th century social movements, he is concerned with the development of egalitarian movement cultures to promote social change. His book A New Dawn for the New Left examines the utopian impulse of the Movement and probes the blurry boundaries between political and cultural radicalism in the 1970s. That project continues his ongoing inquiry into the interstices between postwar social movements, including the civil rights and student movements, gay and women’s liberation, environmentalism and pacifism.

In an array of courses on American social and cultural history, Slonecker creates a problem-posing environment that challenges students to take active control of the classroom. They examine United States history by applying the tools of the historian’s trade to the myriad experiences of the American people in all their diversity.


A New Dawn for the New Left: Liberation News Service, Montague Farm, and the Long Sixties. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

“We are Marshall Bloom: Sexuality, Suicide, and the Collective Memory of the Sixties.” The Sixties 3, no. 2 (December 2010): 187-205.

“The Columbia Coalition: African Americans, New Leftists, and Counterculture at the Columbia University Protest of 1968.” Journal of Social History 41, no. 4 (Summer 2008): 967-96.

“A Church Apart: Catholic Desegregation in Newton Grove, North Carolina.” North Carolina Historical Review 83, no. 3 (July 2006): 322-54.

Research in Progress

“Livin’ the Dream: The American Counterculture of the Long Sixties.”

“'It's Too Late, Baby': Women’s Liberation in the Pacific Northwest Underground Press.”

“The Masculine Equivalent of War: William James Genders Pacifism.”


Board of Trustees Outstanding Faculty Award. Waldorf College. 2013.
Holmen Professional Excellence Award. Waldorf College. 2011.
Professor of the Year. Alpha Chi Honor Society. Waldorf College. 2010.

Additional Information:


HIS 201: The United States to 1877
HIS 202: The United States since 1877
HIS 210: Methods of History
HIS 360: Modern Latin America
HIS 361: American Women’s History
HIS/POL 363: African-American History
HIS 364/ENG 415: American Environmental History
HIS 420: Contemporary America
HIS/ENG 470: The Vietnam War
HIS/ENG 471: From the Beats to The Beatles
HIS 499: Research and Writing Seminar
HIS 499: South Africa Seminar
HIS 499/ENG 415/HON 279: Henry David Thoreau Seminar
HIS 499: Second-Wave Feminism Seminar
HON 200: Trauma, Memory, and American Slavery (two-week unit)
HON 200: Pacifism and the Hitler Problem (two-week unit)

Video created by Waldorf students.