Blake Slonecker, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History and Political SciencePhone: 641-585-8321
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
As a historian of twentieth century American social movements, I explore how movement culture shapes the political achievements and personal lives of rank-and-file activists. My first book, A New Dawn for the New Left: Liberation News Service, Montague Farm, and the Long Sixties (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), examines the interstices between sexual liberation, counterculture, antinuclear activism, and Marxism to argue that the prominent utopian impulse of the late New Left reshaped American political culture during the 1970s.
My concern with the intersection between ideology and practice in American social movements has now led me to explore how pacifists have alternately employed mainstream and alternative gender ideals to promote peace activism. Because pacifists have long argued for a radical reappraisal of American militarism, they have confronted challenging dilemmas about how far they should push alternative gender roles. That dilemma has led pacifists to advocate wildly divergent views of how women and men should contribute to American society in the twentieth century.
My major goal as an instructor is to teach students how to understand their nation and culture in historical perspective. That begins by teaching them the basic skills of historical analysis. I model how to think historically by developing lectures that employ the skills I expect students to perform in written work. My lectures emphasize student interaction—through pair-and-shares, youth polls, role-playing, or silent conversation—to spur active learning and to practice analytical skills in class. But all my courses balance lectures with seminars that are more focused on crafting specific skills, especially the critical use of primary sources.
A New Dawn for the New Left: Liberation News Service, Montague Farm, and the Long Sixties. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
“We are Marshall Bloom: Sexuality, Suicide, and the Collective Memory of the Sixties.” The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture 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:
“Women of Power, Men of Peace: Gender and the Fate of American Pacifism.” Book in progress.
“The Columbia University Protest of 1968: A Brief History with Documents.” Book in Progress
“The Masculine Equivalent of War: William James and the Failure of American Anti-Imperialism.” Article in progress.
“Sex Underground: Women’s Liberation in the Pacific Northwest Underground Press.” Article in progress.
Holmen Professional Excellence Award. Waldorf College. 2011.
Professor of the Year. Alpha Chi Honor Society. Waldorf College. 2010.
Allan Nevins Prize. Nominee. Society of American Historians. Nominated by Department of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 2010.
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