Photo of KenKen Mondschein is a scholar and author with expertise in subjects ranging from the Middle Ages to modern pop culture, as well as a jouster and fencing master.

Ken began writing professionally in his late teens. His popular-audience work has appeared in various consumer magazines, as a columnist for Nerve.com and The Faster Times, and elsewhere. Ken's latest book is Game of Thrones and the Medieval Art of Warfare (McFarland), and he has also written numerous academic books and articles.

Ken received his PhD in history from Fordham University, was a Fulbright scholar to France, teaches at two New England colleges, and is currently associated with the Arthur F. Kinney Center for Renaissance Studies at UMass-Amherst as an independent scholar. He is well-known as a public historian and for his work educating the general public both on the facts and on learning to write and interrogate history for themselves. Ken firmly believes that the idea of "expertise" being exclusive to the Ivory Tower creates artificial, undemocratic divisions; he works to break down these barriers and give authority back to those outside academe.

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 Society for Creative Anachronism to the United States Military Academy at West Point. His special interests are in Western depictions of ideas of time, in fencing treatises, and in medieval ideas of race and gender and, especially, countering white-nationalist uses of the Middle Ages.

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. Ken currently teaches fencing privately in Western and Central Massachusetts. His 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.

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 (click here for an example, an interview on Game of Thrones done with Monte Belmonte of WRSI in Northampton), and is available for consultation and interviews. His academic curriculum vitae may be downloaded here, and he may be contacted personally at <his first name> at <this URL>. You can connect to him on academia.edu (and read his research) here. Some of his academic presentations are on YouTube.