Dr. David Simonelli

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Dr. David Anthony Simonelli


Humanities & Social Sciences

DeBartolo Hall 533

phone: (330) 941-1601


Research Interests

I have published articles and a book on rock music and British culture in the mid-twentieth century; my book is entitled Working Class Heroes: Rock Music and British Society in the 1960s and 1970s. I just published an article comparing Italian Futurism in the 1910s and 1920s to the Mod subculture in London in the 1950s and 1960s. I am also pursuing a documentary project on the Manhattan punk scene of the mid-1970s.

Teaching Interests

I teach mostly contemporary British, American and world history at YSU. Amongst recent upper division courses I have taught are:
History of Ireland
US in Crisis: 1900-1945
The World since 1945
The Vietnam War
Europe since 1715
Britain and Its Empire

  • Education
    • 2001

      Ph D, British history

      Tulane University

    • 1988

      BA, History/Political Science

      University of Connecticut

  • Intellectual Contributions
    • 2023

      "Psychedelic/Progressive Rock and Revolution in Britain – Which Revolution?"

    • 2023

      "Futurism on the Streets of London"

      Fashion, Style & Popular Culture, volume 11/12

    • 2023

      "The Subcultures Network (eds), Let's spend the night together: Sex, pop music and British youth culture, 1950s-80s (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2023)"

      Journal of British Studies

    • 2017

      "Defining Documents in World History: The 17th Century"

      Salem Press

    • 2017

      "Defining Documents in World History: Nationalism & Populism"

      Salem Press

    • 2016

      "Milestone Documents of American Leaders"

      Grey House Publishing

    • 2012

      "Working Class Heroes: Rock Music and British Society in the 1960s and 1970s"

      Lexington Books

    • 2008

      "'[L]aughing nations of happy children who have never grown up': Race, the Concept of Commonwealth and the 1924-25 British Empire Exhibition"

      Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, volume 10, issue 1

    • 2007

      "BBC Rock Music Programming on Radio and Television and the Progressive Rock Audience, 1967-1973"

      Popular Music History, volume 2, issue 1

    • 2002

      "Anarchy, Pop and Violence: The Punk Rock Subculture and the Rhetoric of Class, 1976-1978"

      Contemporary British History, volume 16, issue 2

  • Public Service
    • 2023 - 2023

      Guest Speaker
      Ancient Order of Hibernians

    • 2023 - present

      Guest Speaker
      Friends of the Salem Library

    • 2022 - present

      Guest Speaker
      Friends of the Salem Library

    • 2021 - present

      Mercy Health Hospice of the Valley

    • 2019 - present

      Guest Speaker
      Friends of the Boardman Library

    • 2019 - present

      Guest Speaker
      Friends of the Salem Library

    • 2018 - present

      City Club of the Mahoning Valley: Views & Brews

    • 2012 - 2015

      Youngstown Film Festival

    • 2007 - 2015

      Youngstown Film