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Roots of Contemporary Issues RCI

Kenneth Faunce

Current History 105 Issues Taught:Humans and the Environment: Carbon PoliticsGlobalization: Global Drug TradeRoots of Inequality: Construction of GenderDiverse Ways of Thinking: Inequalities in Public HealthRoots of Contemporary Conflict: Refugee Crisis

Other Courses Taught:Hist 281 History of Organized Crime in AmericaHist 318 United States, 1914-1945Hist 319 American History, 1945-1980

Hist 321 US Popular Culture 1800-1930Hist 322 US Popular Culture since 1930Hist 324 History of the Pacific Northwest

Hist 383 Drugs in World HistoryHist 388 US and Vietnam 

Hist 390 U.S. Military History

Hist 417 United States, 1877-1914

About Dr. Faunce:Ken Faunce joined the faculty at Washington State University in 2001 as part of the World Civilizations program. In 2012, he was part of the design team for the innovative Roots of Contemporary Issues program and piloted several issues in the new program. Faunce has received several teaching awards at WSU including, the President’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Career-Track Faculty (2022), the Richard Law Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award (2016), Common Reading Excellence Award (2014), Martin Luther King Distinguished Service Award for Faculty (2014), First Year Focus/Living Communities Excellence Award (2013).

Faunce earned his Ph.D. in History & Historical Archeology from the University of Idaho in 2000. He received a Master’s in History (1992) and a Master’s in Anthropology (1992) from New Mexico State University. He worked for seven years as a historian and archeologist at Fort Bliss, Texas. Along with four other current and former members of the RCI faculty, Faunce authored Heavy Traffic: The Global Drug Trade in Historical Perspective in 2020 for Oxford University Press. His main areas of research are nineteenth and twentieth century U.S. history with an emphasis on globalization. His current primary areas of research are gender studies, race/ethnicity, and the history of drugs.