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William Knoblauch, Assistant Professor, History




I am originally from Northern Wisconsin, but throughout the early 2000s I lived in the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii, the American Southwest, and the foothills of Appalachia.  In that time I earned my B.A. in History from Northland College, my M.A. from Northern Arizona University, and a Ph.D. from Ohio University.  In 2011 I was a fellow of the Contemporary History Institute (Athens, OH), and in 2012 I defended my dissertation "Selling the Second Cold War: Antinuclear Cultural Activism and Reagan Era Foreign Policy."  I love teaching, and my recent course offerings include "History through Film: The Atomic Age," "Cold War America," "U.S. Environmental History," and "America in the World." My research interests reside at the intersection of popular culture, domestic politics, and foreign relations during and after the Cold War.  My recent publications examine the Cold War nuclear arms race and its influence on pop music, music videos, video games, and other aspects of American popular culture.  In my increasingly spare free time, I enjoy reading, running, or playing electric bass.