Ken recieved his PhD from Fordham University in 2010. He considers Tom Glick (BU, emeritus), Richard Gyug (Fordham, emeritus), and Dan Smail (formerly of Fordham, currently at Harvard) to be his Doktorväter. Ken was employed at the Higgins Armory Museum from 2009 until the Museum's closing at the end of 2013. He is also associated with the Arthur F. Kinney Center for Renaissance Studies as an independent scholar. Ken was a Fulbright scholar to France in 2007–2008 and a Visiting Fellow at Harvard in 2009-2011, has presented at numerous conferences, and has extensive academic publications to his credit (listed on the writing page).

Ken's expertise includes not just the study of jousting, tournaments, horsemanship, and 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. The central motif of his academic work may be summed up as "the representation of time in the Western tradition"—not just fencing (which takes place in time and space), but also clocks and scientific measurement of time. He has also written and taught extensively on medieval ideas of race, gender, and expansion and has a strong interest in countering white-nationalist uses of the Middle Ages.

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. Furthermore, "expertise" in the writing in history should not belong just to those with the time and money to spend on graduate training. Rather, the tools of the profession must be placed in the hands of the people. Hoarding "expertise" and "authority" in the Ivory Tower creates artificial, undemocratic divisions; Ken actively works to break down these barriers and give authority back to those outside academe.

Consulting and Teaching

Ken has consulted with The History Channel, been quoted in newspaper articles, and taught wildly varying subjects and audiences, from giving retirees the tools to write their family histories to instructing groups of West Point cadets, professional martial arts instructors, andmulti-generational extended families in medieval fencing techniques. 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.