Kenneth B. Cunningham, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology, School of Behavioral Sciences and Education
Office Phone
Office Location
Olmsted Building, W311

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


Ph.D. Sociology, City University of New York Graduate Center, 2000.

M.A. Sociology, City University of New York Graduate Center, 1996.

B.A. Political Science, University of New Mexico, 1986.

Course Schedule
Change Processes
The Family
Introductory Sociology
Political Sociology
Social Change
Social Conflict
Social Movements
Social Problems
Sociological Perspectives
Sociological Theory
Special Topics in Social Sciences: War and Peace
Special Topics in Social Sciences: America and the World Today
Special Topics in Sociology
Urban Sociology