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Professor Knoblauch was born in Ashland, WI. He attended Northland College, graduating magna cum laude with a double major in Business & Economics and History. He began his graduate studies at the University of Hawai'i but transfered to Northern Arizona University to earn (with distinction) an M.A. in the History of the American West. In 2006 he began Ph.D. coursework at Ohio University, and became a fellow of the Contemporary History Institute, completing his dissertation in 2012. At Finlandia, Professor Knoblauch teaches World and American History courses as well as more specific courses including: America and the World, Energy and World Power, The Atomic Age, 1980s America through Film, and Cold War America. Outside the classroom, he works on Finlandia's Sustainability Committee and the Instructional Resource Committee, and is a steward of the Little Free Library project for Hancock. His research focuses on the interplay between pop culture, politics, and foreign policy during the Cold War. Recent publications include:
H-Diplo Review of Paul Rubinson, "The Global Effects of Nuclear Winter: Science and Antinuclear Protest in the United States and the Soviet Union during the 1980s." Cold War History 14:1 (February 2014): 47-69.
“From Camelot to Watergate: Shifting Boomer Politics, 1963-1973” in Cogan, Brian A. and William Phillips (eds.), Baby Boomers and Popular Culture: An Inquiry into America’s Most Powerful Generation. ABC-CLIO Publishers (forthcoming, November 2014).
“The Pixilated Apocalypse: Video Games and Nuclear Fears, 1980-2012” in Blouin, Michael, Morgan Shipley, and Jack Taylor (eds.), The Silence of Fallout: Nuclear Criticism in a Post-Cold War World. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013.
Strategic Digital Defense: Video Games and Reagan’s ‘Star Wars’ Program, 1980-1987” in Kapell, Matthew Wilhelm and Andrew B.R. Elliot (eds.), Playing with the Past: Digital Games and the Simulation of History. New York: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2013.
“MTV and Transatlantic Cold War Music Videos” in TEMP: Tidsskrift for Historie (A Danish Journal of History), nr. 06 – 2013.
“The Police” in Moskowitz, David V. (ed.), The 100 Best Bands of All Time. ABC-CLIO Publishers (forthcoming, 2015).
“Will You Sing About the Missiles?: British Anti-Nuclear Protest Music of the 1980s,” in Martin A. Klimke, et al. (eds.) Accidental Armageddons: The Nuclear Crisis and the Culture of the Cold War in the 1980s. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (forthcoming 2015).
"Selling 'Star Wars' in American Mass Media." Media and the Cold War, 1975-1991, International Conference in Volda, Norway, November 20-22, 2014.
"The Pixilated Apocalypse: Video Games and Nuclear Fears." The Heart of Arts and Sciences Colloquium series, Finlandia University, Hancock, MI, March 13, 2014.
“Where Have We Been? Where Are We Going?” Civil Rights panel discussion at Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI, January 21, 2014.
“Messages of Islam: Manichean Media Representations in the Post-Cold War World.” Presented at Genocide and Globalization. Finlandia University, Hancock, MI, March 13, 2013.
“Selling the Second Cold War: British Anti-Nuclear Pop, 1980-1987.” Presented at Accidental Armageddons: The Nuclear Crisis and the Culture of the Second Cold War, 1975-1989. German Historical Institute. Washington D.C., November 4-6, 2010.
“The Science of Salvation: Carl Sagan and Paul Ehrlich Confront U.S. Foreign Policy.” The Ohio University History Graduate Student Association Conference. Athens, OH, May 2010.
“New Media, Popular Culture, and the History Classroom.” The Ohio Historical Society Roundtable Discussion on Teaching. Capital University, Columbus, OH, March 2010.