M. Todd Bennett



Associate Professor
Office: Brewster A319
Phone: 252-328-1033


M. Todd Bennett teaches twentieth-century American history as well as the history of U.S. foreign relations. His first book, One World, Big Screen (North Carolina, 2012), recaptured the transnational cinematic history of World War II. He is currently writing two books: The Spirits of '76, about America's Bicentennial commemoration in 1976;and Neither Confirmed Nor Denied, a history of the Hughes Glomar Explorer, a CIA spy ship ostensibly owned by billionaire Howard Hughes that in 1974-75 attempted to retrieve a sunken Soviet submarine from the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. His scholarship has appeared in the American Historical Review, Diplomatic History, and the Journal of American History, among other publications.He has spoken about his work on the National Public Radio program, Backstory.

Before joining ECU's faculty in 2009, Professor Bennett served with the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Historian, where he directed the Europe and Global Issues Division and edited three volumes in the Foreign Relations of the United States series, the official documentary record of U.S. foreign policy. He taught at George Washington University, the Corcoran College of Art + Design, and the University of Nevada –Reno after earning his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 2001.


One World, Big Screen: Hollywood, the Allies, and World War II. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012,

Documentary Collections

National Security Policy, 1973-1976. Vol. XXXV of Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS), 1969-1976. Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office, 2014,

Organization and Management of Foreign Policy; Public Diplomacy, 1973-1976. Vol. XXXVIII, pt. 2, of FRUS, 1969-1976. Washington, DC: USGPO, 2014,

National Security Policy, 1969-1972. Vol. XXXIV of FRUS, 1969-1976. Washington, DC: USGPO, 2011,

Selected Articles, Chapters and Reviews

"The Spirits of '76: Diplomacy Commemorating America's Bicentennial in 1976." Diplomatic History, forthcoming.

"Teaching the Cold War Using the Foreign Relations of the United States Series." In Understanding and Teaching the Cold War, ed. Matthew Masur. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, forthcoming. 

"Time to Heal the Wounds: America's Bicentennial and U.S.-Swedish Normalization in 1976." In Reasserting America in the 1970s: U.S. Public Diplomacy and the Rebuilding of America's Image Abroad, ed. Hallvard Notaker, Giles Scott-Smith and David Snyder. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, 2016. 

"Global Culture and World War II." In A Companion to World War II, ed. Thomas W. Zeiler with Daniel M. DuBois, 754-772. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. 

"Culture, Power, and Mission to Moscow: Film and Soviet-American Relations during the Second World War." Journal of American History 88 (September 2001): 489-518.

Courses Offered

HIST 1051: American History Since 1877
HIST 2444: History of Sports in Western Society
HIST 3200: Diplomatic History of the United States
HIST 3240: The Age of Franklin Roosevelt, 1919-1945
HIST 3245: The United States Since 1945
HIST 6050: The Great Depression, New Deal, and World War II
HIST 6055: The United States Since 1945
HIST 6181: Diplomatic History of the United States Since 1898