Ken Mondschein is a scholar, college professor, and author with expertise in subjects ranging from the Middle Ages to modern pop culture, as well as (fittingly for a historian of the Middle Ages and Renaissance) a fencing master and jouster. He received his PhD in history from Fordham University, has also studied at SUNY Buffalo, Boston University, and Harvard, and was a Fulbright scholar to France. Though Ken's scholarly concentration is premodern Europe, he has taught, lectured, spoken, consulted, and published on everything from medieval science to the political uses of the past, and worked with organizations ranging fom the J. Paul Getty Museum to the History Channel to the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Ken began writing professionally in his late teens. He has authored numerous academic books and articles, and his popular-audience work has appeared in the New York Press, various consumer magazines, as a columnist for Nerve.com and The Faster Times, and elsewhere.
As an authority on, and instructor of, historical fencing (a discipline also known as Historical European Martial Arts, or HEMA), Ken is the translator of several historical fencing treatises and was employed at the Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, MA (where he was a Research Fellow) until the Museum's closing in 2013. He also teaches an undergraduate class on the history and practice of fencing at Westfield State University. Ken's work with the history of swordsmanship originates from the same love of the past and desire to relate it to the present—and to teach others—that led him to become an academic; one of his goals in this is to show how the value of the study of such sources to historians of art, ideas, society, and science. Ken currently teaches fencing privately in Western and Central Massachusetts.
Born, raised, and having spent most of his professional life in New York City and also having lived in Buffalo, Boston, and Paris, Ken currently resides near Northampton, Massachusetts. He has made many radio and TV appearances in support of his work, and is available for consultation and interviews. His academic curriculum vitae may be downloaded here, his long-form personal curriculum vitae here, and he may be contacted personally at <his first name> at <this URL>. You can connect to him on LinkedIn here and on academia.edu here.