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Roots of Contemporary Issues RCI

Kenneth Faunce

Contact Information:
Office: Wilson-Short Hall 322
Office Phone: 509-335-7554

Current History 105 Issues Taught:
Humans and the Environment: Mass Consumption and Pollution
Globalization: Global Drug Trade
Roots of Inequality: Gender Inequality
Diverse Ways of Thinking: Economic Ideologies
Roots of Contemporary Conflict: Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

Other Courses Taught:
Hist 130 History of Organized Crime in America
Hist 321 US Popular Culture 1800-1930
Hist 322 US Popular Culture since 1930
Hist 395 Topics in History: Drugs in World History
Hist 417 The Rise of Modern America
Hist 418 United States History, 1914-1945
Hist 419 United States, 1945-Present
Hist 422 History of the Pacific Northwest

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 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 is under contract to develop a Roots of Contemporary Issues book series with 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.