Austin Zinkle

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  • Ph.D. Candidate
  • Graduate Editorial Assistant, Kentucky Historical Society
  • President, History Graduate Student Association
  • History
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Office Hours

Spring 2018: By appointment

Education

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

M.A., University of Kentucky, 2017

B.A., Auburn University, 2015

Biography

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 his dissertation detailing the rise, methodology, and culture of far-right youth organizing during the 1960s and 1970s. In his spare time, Austin enjoys playing his piano, basketball, and cheering on all things Auburn Tigers. 

 

Research

Dissertation: The Kids Were All Right: Far-Right Youth Extremism and the Origins of the White Power Movement (Working Title)

Austin is currently working on his dissertation on far-right youth activism from 1960 through 1978. By moving a study of far-right activism into the 1960s, the dissertation intends to challenge traditional conceptions of youth social activism during the conventional "counter-culture," build upon current historical scholarship concerning right-wing and conservative movements, while arguing far-right and extremist youth as an important, and organized, social movement that led to the origins of the paramilitary white power movement in the 1980s.

Advisor: Anastasia Curwood

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

 

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