Mark Benbow

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Mark Benbow

Visiting and Part-Time Faculty

Part Time


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Dr. Mark Benbow retired in May 2023 as Associate Professor of American History at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. He joined Marymount University’s faculty in 2007, first serving as an adjunct, then as an assistant professor, and earning tenure and promotion to associate professor in 2018. From 2003 to 2006, he was the historian at the Woodrow Wilson House Museum in Washington, DC. From 1987 to 2002, Dr. Benbow worked in the Directorate of Intelligence in the Central Intelligence Agency.

Since 2011 he has served as Museum Director for the Arlington Historical Society and manages the Arlington Historical Museum (The Hume School). Benbow also serves at the AHS representative on the organizing committee for the DC Historical Society’s annual conference.

  • The United States Post-Civil War
  • American Immigration
  • The US and the World Wars
  • Woodrow Wilson
  • The Prohibition movement and the brewing industry
  • History of Washington, DC and Northern Virginia


  • Woodrow Wilson’s Wars: The Making of America’s First Commander-in-Chief (Naval Institute Press, 2022)
  • The Nation’s Capital Brewmaster: Christian Heurich and His Brewery, 1842-1956 (McFarland, 2017)
  • Leading Them to the Promised Land: Woodrow Wilson, Covenant Theology and the Mexican Revolution: 1913-1915 (Kent State University Press, 2010)

Articles, Book Chapters, and Essays (Peer Reviewed)

  • “Counterpropaganda and Spy Fever: Germans in Washington, DC, During World War I” Journal of American Ethnic History (Fall 2020) Co-authored with Dr. Stefan Manz, Aston University, Birmingham, UK.
  • “Billy Yank, not Johnny Reb: Focusing Civil War Exhibits on the Union in Virginia” Interpreting the Civil War at Museums and Historic Sites (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017)
  • “German Immigrants and the US Brewing Industry: 1840-1894” (German Historical Institute, online, 2017)
  • “Cheesecake vs. the Home: The Contradictions of Brewery Advertising in the Early Twentieth Century” The Social History of Alcohol and Drugs: An Interdisciplinary Journal (29, 2015)
  • “Black Tom” The Encyclopedia of U.S. Intelligence (Taylor & Francis, 2015)
  • “Woodrow Wilson” International Encyclopedia of the First World War ( 2014)
  • “Wilson’s Childhood and Family Life.” A Companion to Woodrow Wilson (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013)
  • “Diplomatic Milestones, 1898-1919: History and Analysis of the Nation’s Emergence as a World Power and Society’s Reaction.” The Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy: A Diplomatic History (DWJ Books, 2012) 
  • “Christian Heurich: A Biography.” (German Historical Institute, online. 2012) 
  • “Wilson’s Cartoonist: Charles Raymond Macauley and the 1912 Election.” Journalism History (Winter 2012)
  • “The Old Dominion Goes Dry: Prohibition in Virginia.” Brewery History (Winter 2010)
  • “Birth of a Quotation: Woodrow Wilson and ‘Like Writing History with Lightning’.” Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (October 2010)
  • “The 1912 Election.” Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History (CQ Press, 2010)
  • “The Sixteenth Amendment.” Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History (CQ Press, 2010)
  • “‘All the Brains I Can Borrow:’ Woodrow Wilson and Intelligence Gathering in Mexico, 1913-1915.” Studies in Intelligence (December 2007)
  • “Woodrow Wilson.” Encyclopedia Virginia (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities) (2007)

Other Articles

  • “Spies and Slackers: The Bureau of Investigation’s Search for Enemy Aliens and Draft Dodgers in Alexandria County, 1917-1919” The Arlington Historical Magazine (October 2016)
  • “Suntory Brewing: Save The Birds” American Breweriana Journal (Issues #200 & 201, 2016)
  • “Holding the Line” Arlington Magazine (November-December 2013)
  • “Camp Life for Union Soldiers in Arlington” The Arlington Historical Magazine (October 2013)
  • “Allison’s Little Tea House” The Arlington Historical Magazine (October 2012) Co-written with Ciro Taddeo
  • “The Prohibition Two-Step: Two Steps In, Two Steps Out.” American Breweriana Journal 166 (July-August 2010)
  • School of Arts & Science Faculty Scholarship Award for 2017-2018
  • Tenure and promotion to Associate Professor, 2018
  • History Department’s Outstanding Alumnus for 2014. Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio. 2014
  • Annual Studies in Intelligence Award for best article on U.S. intelligence history. Center for the Study of Intelligence, Central Intelligence Agency, 2007
  • Intelligence Community Award for Counter Denial and Deception, 1999, 2000
  • Exceptional Performance Award, Central Intelligence Agency, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996
  • Meritorious Unit Citation, Central Intelligence Agency, 1991

B.A., Hanover College
M.A., Wright State University
Ph.D., Ohio University