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Specialty area(s)

Modern Ireland, History of Rock 'n' Roll, Social Studies Education, World History

Brief biography

Though a historian of 20th century Ireland, I do consider myself to be more of a world historian. My dissertation research focused on the formation of the Republic of Ireland as a construct of the republican party dubbed Fianna Fáil. My current research examines Ireland’s significance as both an imaginary and physical space in which nations were able to justify and negotiate independence in the years following the formation of the Irish Republic in 1937. So far, my research on the topic has included visits to Ireland by such nationalist figures as Eak Tai Ahn, Ernesto Guevara, Kwame Nkrumah, Jarawahal Nehru, Tom Mboya, Col. Ojukwu, and D.S. Adegbenro. This preliminary round of research will be published in Ireland’s Imperial Cultures (Manchester University Press) and my article is entitled “The Shadow Metropole—the Varieties of Anticolonial Discourse in Ireland, 1937-1968.” Apart from Irish history and social studies education, I have teaching interests in the global history of sport, modern Britain and western Europe, Empire and decolonization, rock and roll, fascism, and cinema and history.

My career in history began in the California public school system, where I taught the entire curriculum of secondary social science, as well as Advanced Placement World History and SDAIE courses in world and US History. Regarding the art and craft of teaching, I am most interested in addressing the relevance and value of teaching social studies/science in the 21st century. This is a question that is a response to the increased marginalization of social studies education in America, and is very much informed by my own struggles as a classroom teacher to justify the importance of social studies curriculum in our schools. Building off my experiences as a Fellow for the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Learning, my goal as researcher, historian, and educator is to demonstrate the value and importance of social studies education, especially as they relate to the skills and habits and minds endemic to such fields as history, political science, economics, psychology, and sociology, among others.

Current courses at UWL

Fall 2019:

HIS 352: Germany, 1848-1989

FYS 110: First Year Seminar: Sex and Rock 'n' Roll

EDS 492: Student Teaching Seminar

Education

2010: Ph.D. Irish History, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

2005: M.A. History, California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, California

2002: M.A.T. Education/California State Teaching Certification/CLAAD Certification, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, California

1996: B.A. History, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California

Teaching history

Spring 2019:

HIS 398: Colonial Africa

HIS 408: Teaching and Learning in the Secondary Social Studies Classroom

EDS 492: Student Teaching Seminar

Fall 2018:

HIS 408: Teaching and Learning in the Secondary Social Studies Classroom

HIS 407: European Fascisms

EDS 492: Student Teaching Seminar

Spring 2018:

HIS 408: Teaching and Learning in the Secondary Social Studies Classroom

HIS 300: Decolonization and Postcolonialism in Africa

EDS 492: Student Teaching Seminar

Fall 2017:

HIS 408: Teaching and Learning in the Secondary Social Studies Classroom

HIS 414: A Global History of Ireland

EDS 492: Student Teaching Seminar

Professional history

2013-Present: Assistant/Associate Professor, World History and Social Studies Education, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

2010-2013: Assistant Professor, History and Broadfield Social Studies Education, University of Wisconsin-Superior, Superior, WI.

2009: Research Fellow, Institute for Learning, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.

2005-2008: Teaching Assistant, Teaching Fellow, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI.

1997-2005, 2006: Social Science Teacher/Department Chair, Arroyo High School, El Monte, CA.

 

 

 

 

Research and publishing

Ireland’s New Traditionalists—Fianna Fáil and the aesthetics of republicanism, 1926-1938. Cork, Éire: Cork University Press, forthcoming 2019.

'The Shadow Metropole: Global anti-colonialism and the legacy of Ireland’s Revolution', History Ireland, 2019.

History and Theory Through Popular Music—Those are the New Saints. London: Palgrave-MacMillan, 2017. Co-authored with Daniel R. McClure.

"The Shadow Metropole: The Varieties of Anticolonial Rhetoric in Twentieth Century Ireland, in eds. Timothy McMahon, Paul Townend, Michael de Nie, Ireland in an Imperial World: Citizenship, Opportunism, and Subversion (Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series). London: Palgrave-MacMillan, 2017.

Fashion’s Latest Whims Need Not Alarm Us: Fianna Fáil, Femininity and the Conspicuous Consumption of Republican Nationalism, 1931-1937.” The New Hibernian Review (Fall 2015).

Kudos

presented

Kenneth Shonk, History, presented "Gaelic Athletic Association in the Age of International Sport" at La Crosse Global Initiatives Week on Nov. 14, 2019 in Eagle's Club, La Crosse, WI.

Submitted on: Nov. 15, 2019

 

presented

Kenneth Shonk, History, presented "Spread the Light: Futurist visions of Ireland in the Fianna Fáil Bulletin, 1935-1938" at Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies on Oct. 25, 2019 in Omaha, NE. Additionally, Shonk secured UWL as the site of the organization's 2022 annual meeting.

Submitted on: Oct. 25, 2019

 

published

Kenneth Shonk, Jr. , History, authored the article "The shadow metropole: Global anti-colonialism and the legacy of Ireland's Revolution" in "The Irish Revolution 1919-1921: A Global Revolution" published on May 8, 2019 by Wordwell Ltd. The book will be sold in bookstores throughout Ireland and the United Kingdom. Copies of the book were distributed to every school and college in Ireland. The book serves to commemorate the centenary of the Irish War for Independence (1919-21), and Shonk's essay examines its influence on nationalist movements in Africa and Asia.

Submitted on: May 9, 2019

 

presented

Kenneth Shonk, Jr. , History, presented "‘A New Form of Beauty’: Irish postpunk and the liberalization of Ireland, 1977–1990" at American Conference for Irish Studies on Mar. 23, 2019 in Boston, MA.

Submitted on: Mar. 21, 2019

 

presented

Kenneth Shonk, History, presented "Northern Ireland: From the Troubles to Brexit" at Global Initiatives Week on Nov. 15, 2018 in Eagles Club, La Crosse, WI. Shonk was an invited speaker during Global Initiatives Week in La Crosse. The talk was sponsored in part by the La Crosse Bantry Friendship Association. Shonk was also made an honorary member of the Association.

Submitted on: Nov. 15, 2018