Austin Zinkle

  • Ph.D. Student
  • Teaching Assistant
  • History Graduate Student Association President
  • History
1722 Patterson Office Tower
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Fall 2018: W 12:00-2:00, TH 1:00- 2:00, or by appointment


Ph.D., University of Kentucky, (In Progress)

M.A., University of Kentucky, 2017

B.A., Auburn University, 2015

Austin Zinkle is a PhD student in History at the University of Kentucky where he studies twentieth century United States Social Movements, particulary youth activism in the mid-century. Originally from Knoxville, TN, Austin graduated from Auburn University in 2015 with a Batchelor of Arts in History. It was at Auburn that he established an accademic interest in the social activism of the Civil Rights Era, specifically around the work of youth groups like SNCC and CORE. This interest continued into his MA thesis research where Austin studied African American youth activism in Kentucky during the 1940s and 1950s, arguing that demonstrations and protests by NAACP Youth Councils in the border state not only articulated more radical anti-racist activism, but also expanded the timeline of progressive youth demonstrations against civil and social injustices decades before the 1960 sit-ins. Currently, Austin is working on a project detailing the rise and organizational methodology of far-right youth culture in the 1960s and 1970s. In his spare time, Austin enjoys playing his piano, basketball, and cheering on all things Auburn Tigers. 

Advisor: Anastasia Curwood

Exam Fields: African American History, United States History since 1865, Twentieth Century European History

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