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

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.

Teaching Philosophy:
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.

Additional Information:

Video created by Waldorf students.

History 201: Becoming America: The United States to 1877
History 202: The American Dream: The United States since 1877
History 210: Methods of History
History 360: Desde la independencia: Modern Latin America
History 361: Laboring Women: Work and Reproduction in American Women’s History
History 363: Agents of Freedom: African-American History
History 364: Profit and Preservation: American Environmental History
History 364/English 415: State of Nature: American Environmental Studies
History 420: Uncovering the United States since 1945
History/English 470: The Elephant and the Tiger: The Vietnam War
History/English 471: From the Beats to The Beatles: American Social Movements since 1945
History 499A: Research and Writing
History 499P: South Africa in Black and White and Black and White
History 499Q / English 415 / Honors 279: The Simple Life: Henry David Thoreau
History 499R: Sisterhoods Are Powerful: Second-Wave Feminism
Honors 200: Honors Philosophy: Trauma, Memory, and American Slavery (two-week unit)
Honors 200: Honors Philosophy: Pacifism in the Age of Terror (two-week unit)