Faculty & Staff
Blake Slonecker, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History and Political SciencePhone: 641-585-8321Fax: 641-585-8194
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.”
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