Photo of KenKen Mondschein is a scholar, college professor, and author, as well as a jouster and professional fencing master. (A full list of his publications is here.)

Ken was a Fulbright scholar to France and received his PhD in history from Fordham University. He currently teaches full-time for the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where he was previously a Visiting Fellow at the Arthur F. Kinney Center for Renaissance Studies, and also teaches at Boston University and Anna Maria College.

Having begun writing professionally in his late teens Ken's work has since appeared in academic journals, consumer magazines, online, and in Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland's DODO files. He is also the author or translator of numerous books, including Game of Thrones and the Medieval Art of War (McFarland) and an edition of the copy of Fiore dei Liberi's early fifteenth-century fencing book that he discovered in the Bibliothèque nationale in Paris.

Ken is well-known as a public historian. His special interests are the history of time and timekeeping, the history and social meaning of fencing and related arts, and the Middle Ages in popular culture, but he has taught, spoken, consulted, and published on topics ranging from medieval swordfighting to the history of science to the political misuse of the past for organizations ranging fom the J. Paul Getty Museum to the History Channel to the Society for Creative Anachronism to the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Ken is also credentialed as a master (high-level instructor) of historical fencing by the United States Fencing Coaches' Organization, is the translator of several historical treatises, and is widely known as an authority and instructor in this field. He was employed at the Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, MA (where he was a Research Fellow) until the Museum's closing in 2013 and currently teaches fencing privately in Western and Central Massachusetts. Ken's work with the history of swordsmanship originates from the same love of the past and desire make it relevant to the present that led him to become an academic; one of his goals in this is to show how the value of the study of such sources to historians of art, ideas, society, and science.

Born, raised, and having spent most of his professional life in New York City and also having lived in Buffalo, Boston, and Paris, Ken currently resides near Northampton, Massachusetts. In addition to being interviewed in print and online journalism (example), he has made many radio and TV appearances in support of his work (click here for an interview on Game of Thrones done with Monte Belmonte of WRSI in Northampton, and here for his appearance on The Catskill Review of Books), and is available for consultation and interviews. His academic curriculum vitae may be downloaded here, and he may be contacted personally at <his first name> at <this URL>. You can connect to him on Facebook here and on academia.edu (and read his research) here. Some of his academic presentations are on YouTube. He does not tweet.