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History Faculty

Dr. Kenneth O'Brienobrien

Office: 140 Brown Bldg
Phone: 585.395.5693


  • Modern American History


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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). 


  • "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


Our sincere congratulations to Matty Lynn Kuhar who won the 2016 School of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Undergraduate Award!

Dr. Alison Parker has been invited to be this year's Harriet Jacobs Lecturer at Purdue University. Her talk is entitled Mary Church Terrell, Black Women, and the Rise of the Democratic Party. 

Dr. Nishiyama has been invited to give a talk (title "Kamikaze Technology and Culture for War: Japan and the USA, 1941-2001") at the RIT.

Dr. Alison Parker facilitated significant donation of historical papers to Oberlin College and participates in its celebratory symposium on the life of racial justice advocate Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954).

Congratulations to Dr. Jose R. Torre on winning the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching!


History Forum will host Region 11&12 Meeting of the Association of Public Historians of New York State, on 4/30 (Saturday, from 9am to about 4pm) at McCue Auditorium (LAB104).

History Department Graduation Ceremony will be held in New York Room, Cooper Hall, at 10:30 am, May 14 (Saturday).