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Bennett Todd (web photo)

M. Todd Bennett
Assistant Professor

Office: Brewster A201
Phone: 252-328-1033

Email: bennettm@ecu.edu

Todd Bennett specializes in twentieth-century U.S. history with emphases on American culture and foreign relations.  His first book, One World, Big Screen, a transnational cultural history of World War II, reveals how and why the Allies strategically manipulated cinema, the era's most persuasive mass medium, to build Allied solidarity and to transform the American worldview.  He is working on a second book, The Spirits of '76, a history of America's Bicentennial commemoration in 1976.  His scholarship has appeared in the Journal of American History, Diplomatic History, and the International History Review, among other publications.

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


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, 1969-1972. Vol. XXXIV of Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2011.

National Security Policy, 1973-1976. Vol. XXXV of Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976. Washington, DC: USGPO, forthcoming.

Organization and Foundations of Foreign Policy, 1973-1976. Vol. XXXIII of Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976. Washington, DC: USGPO, forthcoming.

Articles and Chapters

"Global Culture and World War II." In A Companion to World War II, ed. Thomas W. Zeiler with Daniel M. DuBois, 754-772. Blackwell, 2013.

"The Celluloid War: State and Studio in Anglo-American Propaganda Filmmaking, 1939-1941." International History Review 24 (March 2002): 64-102.

"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 6180: Diplomatic History of the United States to 1898
HIST 6181: Diplomatic History of the United States Since 1898