Originally from Hershey, Pennsylvania, Kevin studied history and education as a student at Gettysburg. He participated in the Eisenhower Institute's Strategy & Leadership in Transformational Times program, served on a working group for the college's 2016 strategic planning efforts, and was a research assistant for Eisenhower’s Gettysburg Farm by Michael Birkner and Carol Hegeman. After graduating, Kevin returned to Gettysburg as interim assistant director of the Civil War Institute where he coordinated the CWI Fellows Program among other projects. He then earned an M.A. degree in European History, Politics, and Society from Columbia University, where his research focused on youth internationalism in the interwar period.