Working Historians is a podcast series that showcases the work and careers of historians in a wide variety of career fields. The podcast’s primary goals are to introduce history students and the general public to the career paths available to people who study history, to introduce and promote historians to students and the public, and to showcase the work that historians do on a regular basis.
Rob Denning and James Fennessy host Working Historians. James was Associate Dean for History at Southern New Hampshire University’s Global Campus but now works for the federal government. Rob is currently Associate Dean for Liberal Arts at SNHU, primarily responsible for the online undergraduate and graduate history programs. Although the hosts have connections to SNHU, the podcast is not a production of SNHU and does not claim to represent SNHU in any way.
Encore: Chris Kline - Learning Community Facilitator
Christopher Kline, an instructor and Learning Community Facilitator for Southern New Hampshire University, discusses his research and teaching interests, why the Whiskey Rebellion broke out in post-Revolutionary Pennsylvania, the evolution of his career, and advice for students looking to break into careers in history. Professor Kline has worked as a history tutor, a member of a museum board, and an adjunct instructor at community colleges and universities.
Where Are They Now: Chris Kline - Senior Manager of General Education Evaluation Faculty, Western Governors University
Chris Kline is the Senior Manager for General Education at Western Governors University. In this episode, Rob, Jimmy, and Chris discuss Chris’s decision to start a doctoral program, the online student experience, the real estate market, the changing work habits that came with the COVID-19 pandemic, the January 6 Insurrection, the need for better education in source analysis and critical thinking, and the lessons we learned about the American government after the 2020 election and the insurrection
Kate Schaefer - Historian and Adjunct Instructor, SNHU
Kate Schaefer teaches history at Southern New Hampshire University. In this episode, Kate discusses her research into female spies during the Irish Rebellion of 1916 and World War II. And then there is some chatter about the Sisters of Mercy and the CIA’s suggestions for disrupting Zoom meetings, kinda.
This episode’s recommendations:
Sarah Rose, D-Day Girls: The Spies who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped win World War II (Penguin Random House, 2020): https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/538637/d-day-girls-by-sarah-rose/
Trevor Ristow, Waiting for Another War: A History of the Sisters of Mercy, Volume I: 1980-1985 (GWK, 2019): https://www.gkwfilmworks.com/sisters
Simple Sabotage Field Manual (Office of Strategic Services, 1944), available at Project Gutenberg: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/26184/page-images/26184-images.pdf
Season 2 Trailer
Season 1 lasted for four years, and then Rob put the podcast on hiatus because, I dunno, pandemic? Exhaustion? While searching for the meaning of life, he found his old chum Jimmy Fennessy on a remote mountaintop and the two decided to get the band back together and work on Season 2 of Working Historians, which will be bigger and better than ever before! There’s even a website now. In this episode you get a brief teaser of what you can expect from Season 2, however long that one may last.
Update for Soundcloud Subscribers
The Working Historians podcast is switching its hosting site from Soundcloud to Podbean, so Soundcloud subscribers should consider re-subscribing through Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, or any of the other dozens of podcast apps out there. In this episode, Rob provides a teaser for upcoming changes to the podcast (including a new website).
Peter Milich - Historian
Dr. Peter Milich is a historian who specializes in Russian, Soviet, and Eastern European history. As a witness to the collapse of modern nations like the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia, Rob and Pete discuss the state of modern international affairs.
This episode’s recommendations:
Alfred McCoy, “The Rise and Decline of US Global Power” (October 25, 2017), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GygmGSwvcI
Dominic Lieven, “The Tsar Liberates Europe? Russia against Napoleon, 1807-1914” (October 8, 2009), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzElqomAATI
Daniel Junge and Steven Leckart, dirs., “Challenger: The Final Flight” (2020), https://www.netflix.com/title/81012137
An Excellent History Podcast!
The host’s of this podcast present history in a way that can be easily understood and enjoyed by all! I highly recommend this podcast!