Bartelt, Ken

PhD Student/Teaching Assistant


PhD, History
MA, Public History Track, Museum Studies certificate, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2020
BA, History, Knox College, Summa Cum Laude, 2017

Teaching Experience

History 151: American History 1607-1877
History152: American History 1877-Present
History 229: History of Race, Science, & Medicine in the United States

Research Interests

Race in American Society
Whiteness Studies
The Black Freedom Struggle in America
Sports History with Emphasis on Baseball


“Brew City Black Ball: Milwaukee As Microcosm of the Early-Twentieth Century Black Baseball Experience.” MA thesis, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2020. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing.

“A Masculine Snare of Honor: Dueling in the Early Republic.” Tufts Historical Review 10, no. 1 (2017).

Digital Scholarship

Producer. Episodes 4 and 6. The Healthiest City podcast. (Milwaukee County Historical Society and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2021).

“Our Lady of Pompeii Roman Catholic Church,” Gathering Places: Religion and Community in Milwaukee (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Department of History and Digital Humanities Lab). With Cody Schreck.


“Un-Bear-able: The Untold Story of the 1923 Milwaukee Bears.” North American Society for Sport History Annual Conference (2021), Virtual.

Media Mentions & Appearances

“Negro League Baseball and the Milwaukee Bears.” Radio interview. Curious Campus 89.7 WUWM Milwaukee’s NPR, February 10, 2022. Negro League baseball and the Milwaukee Bears | WUWM 89.7 FM - Milwaukee's NPR.

“Grad Student Studies History and Racism Through the Lens of Baseball.” UWM Report, November 29, 2021. Story by Kathy Quirk. Grad student studies history and racism through the lens of baseball (

“A Wisconsin Tribute to Negro Leagues Baseball.” PBS Wisconsin, August 6, 2021. Story by Murv Seymour. A Wisconsin Tribute to Negro Leagues Baseball (

“Brew City Black Ball: The Untold Story of Black Baseball in Milwaukee.” Virtual presentation. Milwaukee County Historical Society on YouTube, July 13, 2021. Brew City Black Ball: The Untold Story of Black Baseball in Milwaukee - YouTube.