Ken recieved his PhD from Fordham University in 2010 and was employed at the Higgins Armory Museum from 2009 until the Museum's closing at the end of 2013. He currently teaches at Westfield State University and American International College. Ken was a Fulbright scholar to France in 2007–2008 and a Visiting Fellow at Harvard in 2009-2011 and UMass-Amherst in 2009–2012, has presented at numerous conferences, and has extensive academic publications to his credit (listed on the writing page). His expertise includes not just the study of historical European martial arts (HEMA—a subject that is truly multum in parvo for those interested in violence, court culture, and intellectual and scientific history), but all aspects of medieval and Renaissance culture, as well as explorations of pop-culture depictions such as Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. (Here is an invited talk he gave on Tolkien at the University of Maryland.) He has also written extensively on the history of sex and sexuality for popular audiences.
Ken's philosophy is that a scholar must also be a public historian. Ultimately, we have to tell our stories to an audience and, unless our inquiries offer a fresh insight into the human condition, we are ultimately destined for irrelevance and antiquarianism.
Consulting and Teaching
Ken has consulted with The History Channel, been quoted in newspaper articles, and taught wildly varying audiences, from groups of West Point cadets to professional martial arts instructors to multi-generational extended families. He specializes in not only revealing the intricacies of the past in plain language, but also in making the story relevant to the audience.
Dr. Mondschein is, of course, available as a peer reviewer. If you are an undergraduate or graduate student interested in having him as a thesis reader or an advisor for a course of independent study, please have your academic advisor contact him directly at ken -at- kenmondschein dot com.