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Department of History


Carlie N. Todd

Title: Graduate Student
PhD (U.S. History – Twentieth Century) & MA (Public History – Historic Preservation)
Department: History
College of Arts and Sciences

Advisor(s): Dr. Kent Germany and Dr. Robert Weyeneth

Education: B.A. History, B.A. Intelligence and National Security Studies, Coastal Carolina University ‘18

Bio: I am a second-year doctoral student in U.S. history focusing on women and gender studies, public history, Cold War history, and national security studies. I am also concurrently a master’s student in the Public History program at USC with a concentration on historic preservation. My dissertation examines women’s involvement in the U.S. Intelligence Community as operatives and analysts during the late Cold War period, exposing the contributions of their work, experiences, and the challenges that remain today. I am currently working on my MA thesis which examines cultural perceptions and depictions of women in the intelligence and national security field through film, particularly African American women.

Over the past few years, I have written several reports and National Register Nominations as well as co-authored a book titled, Willful Spirits: Providing Higher Education for the Sons and Daughters of Horry County, which documented the history of higher education in Horry County, South Carolina. I co-authored a report for the South Carolina State Park Program titled, A Layered History: Interpreting Cultural Resources at Sesquicentennial State Park, which documented the Sesquicentennial State Park’s history and made recommendations that are currently being undertaken by park management. I also prepared a National Register Nomination on the Sandy Island School House, a former African American school prior to desegregation in South Carolina, in Georgetown County. My other National Register Nomination is on Ruth's Beauty Parlor in Richland County which has also recently been approved. This Black beauty parlor served as a place of sanctuary and Civil Rights activism in the state prior to desegregation..

The most recent conference I have presented at is the Brian Bertoti Graduate History Conference at Virginia Tech in 2019 on a paper titled “To Have It All: The Evolution of Women in U.S. Intelligence and the Barriers That Remain.” I have also recently presented my work on virtual reality and historic preservation at the 2020 National Council on Public History Conference and was one of five recipients nationally of their Student Travel Award.. When I am not writing, researching, or teaching, I spend my time kicking back with friends, family, and a pug named Otis.

Fields: U.S. History Since 1789, Public History, Women and Gender Studies

Historical Interests: Cold War History, National Security Studies, Historic Preservation, Oral History

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