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Seth Kershner

Seth Kershner

Fields: 20th century U.S., 20th century Latin America, Labor History

Faculty Advisor: Professor Christian Appy

Education: '07BA, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts; '11MS, library & information science, Simmons University; '21MA, history, University of Massachusetts.

Interests: Modern US, US labor, carceral studies, modern Latin America

Master's thesis: “A Constant Surveillance”: The New York State Police and the Student Peace Movement, 1965-1973.

Seth Kershner is a PhD student studying Vietnam era US social movements. His master’s thesis explored patterns of political surveillance by the New York State Police during the 1960s and ’70s. Kershner is co-author (with Scott Harding and Chuck Howlett) of Breaking the War Habit: The Debate over Militarism in American Education (University of Georgia Press, 2022). He and Harding also co-authored an earlier book, Counter-recruitment and the Campaign to Demilitarize Public Schools (Palgrave, 2017). Kershner’s dissertation project explores resistance and activism by American GIs in military prisons during the Vietnam War.