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History Faculty

Dr. Kenneth O'Brienobrien

Office: 140 Brown Bldg
Phone: 585.395.5693
E-Mail: kobrien@brockport.edu


Specialization

  • Modern American History

Education 

  • Phd Northwestern University - Evanston, IL. June 1974 (American History)
    Dissertation: “The Savage and the Child: Images of Blacks in Southern White Thought, 1830-1915.”  
  • AB Rutgers University - New Brunswick, NJ, June 1965.
    Departmental Honors Program in History, 1962-1965.

Awards 

  • SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service, 2006.
  • Member, New York State Historical Records Advisory Board, 1996-present.
  • Edmund J. Winslow Award for Excellence 1992.
  • SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1981.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Honors Program
  • America Since 1929
  • Modern America

Publications

Books
  • The State University of New York at Brockport (Arcadia Publishing, 2006). co-authored with Mary Jo Gigliotti and W. Bruce Leslie
  • The Home-Front War: American Society and World War II, co-edited with Lynn Hudson Parsons. (Greenwood Press, 1995). 

Articles

  • "The United States, War and the Twentieth Century" in The Cambridge Companion to Modern American Culture (Cambridge, 2006).
  • “America and Images of Censorship in Modern War: America in World War II,” Reviews in American History (September 1994).

Conferences and Presentations 

  • Chair and commentator on two papers on modern New York history, New York State History Conference, 1999.
  • Paper (co-authored with Wanda Wakefield), “World War II in Film,” Popular Culture Association, April 1999.
  • Panel member, “The Profession and Its Critics,” American Studies Association, November 1997.
  • Invited paper, “Final Thoughts on World War II.” NEH sponsored conference held at the Cincinnati Historical Society, April 1995.
  • Book reviews for the American Historical Review and New York History.

Last Updated 4/22/11

News

History major Michael Zagari has been accepted into the Duquesne University School of Law this coming fall on a full academic scholarship! During his time at Brockport, Mike has played on the NCAA men’s ice hockey team and has won the Jack Crandall and Robert Griswold History Department Awards.

History major Gabrielle Brannigan received a scholarship to enter the MA program in Social Studies and Special Education at the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education.

Dr. Takashi Nishiyama has published a book, Engineering War and Peace in Modern Japan, 1868-1964 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014).

The department will host the NEH Workshop, Rochester Reform Trail, for K-12 teachers in July 2015.

Events

The Malik Lecture will be held on Thursday, February 12, 2015, at 7 pm at the Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage.

The Robert Marcus Lecture will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at 7:30 pm in the lecture hall (room 104) of the Liberal Arts Building.