Department of History and Philosophy

Jonathan Gentry

Assistant Professor of History

Contact Information

Office: Kennesaw Campus
Social Sciences Building (SO 402), Room 4090
Phone: 470-578-6149


Jonathan Gentry received his Ph.D. in History from Brown University in 2015.  Before coming to KSU in 2016, he taught at Portland State University and the Rhode Island School of Design.  He teaches history courses at KSU on Germany, music, nationalism, and European culture.  He is also the faculty advisor for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars at KSU.   


Dr. Gentry’s research focuses on Modern German and European History, especially the intersection of music and politics.  He is currently working on a manuscript titled, “Degenerate Music and the Continuities of German National Identity.”  This project examines a long history of German fears about degenerate music in order to explain the shift from cultural to racial nationalism between 1848 and 1945.  His article, “Sound Biopolitics: Modernist Music and Degeneration in the Wilhelmine Empire” will appear in the New German Critique in early 2017.  He is also the author of “Nationalism in Western Art Music” for Oxford Bibliographies Online.  


Ph.D., Brown University
M.A., Portland State University