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M. Todd Bennett

Bennett, Todd

 

Associate Professor
Office: Brewster A319
Phone: 252-328-1033
Email: bennettm@ecu.edu


About

A specialist in modern American history, Professor Bennett is the author of One World, Big Screen: Hollywood, the Allies, and World War II (North Carolina, 2012) as well as the editor of several volumes in the Foreign Relations of the United States series, the official documentary record of U.S. foreign policy published by the U.S. Department of State. He has appeared on National Public Radio’s BackStory and published in journals such as Diplomatic History, the Journal of American History, and the American Historical Review. He is writing two books: one on the commemoration of the America’s Bicentennial in 1976; another on the Hughes Glomar Explorer, a CIA spy ship ostensibly owned by billionaire Howard Hughes that, in 1974-75, attempted to raise a sunken Soviet submarine from the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.

Before joining ECU’s faculty in 2009, Bennett directed the Europe and Global Issues Division of the Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State. He taught at George Washington University, the Corcoran College of Art and Design, and the University of Nevada – Reno. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 2001.

Books

One World, Big Screen: Hollywood, the Allies, and World War II. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012, http://uncpress.unc.edu/books/T-8833.html.

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, http://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1969-76v35.

Organization and Management of Foreign Policy; Public Diplomacy, 1973-1976. Vol. XXXVIII, pt. 2, of FRUS, 1969-1976. Washington, DC: USGPO, 2014, http://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1969-76v38p2.

National Security Policy, 1969-1972. Vol. XXXIV of FRUS, 1969-1976. Washington, DC: USGPO, 2011, http://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1969-76v34.

Selected Articles and Chapters

“The Spirits of ’76: Diplomacy Commemorating America’s Bicentennial in 1976.” Diplomatic History 40 (September 2016): 695-721.

“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, 2016.

“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, 2015.


"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