Kenneth B. Cunningham, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology, School of Behavioral Sciences and Education
Community Psychology and Social Change Graduate Faculty
Office Phone: +1 717 948 6433
Office Location: Olmsted Building, W311
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I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and lived for about 15 years in New Mexico. I did undergraduate studies at the University of Colorado, the University of New Mexico, and the University of Essex in England. I did my graduate studies at the City University of New York, and lived in Manhattan for seven years. Before graduate school, I worked for several non-profit social change organizations, and was involved in numerous social movements and protest activities on a wide range of issues. It was through these experiences that I became committed to studying social change, social movements, power, and politics in much more depth, and historically. My Ph.D. dissertation focused on the political-cultural legacy of the Vietnam War in American society and American foreign policy. I was hired at Penn State Harrisburg in summer, 2000. I am committed to a socially-engaged, critical social science, that contributes to creating positive social change. I believe in a view of higher education that embraces civic engagement, active citizenship, social relevance, and social justice.

Research Interests
Political Sociology
Political Culture
U.S. Foreign Policy
Social Theory
Social Problems
Social Change and Social Movements
Political Philosophy
War and Peace Studies