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Kathryn S. Olmsted <email@example.com>
University of California, Davis
My special interest is the political and cultural history of the United States in the twentieth century. I am currently writing a book called Governing Conspiracies: Conspiracy Theories about the U.S. Government from World War I to the present
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Davis, California 95616
|List Affiliations:||Advisory Board Member for H-HOAC
Reviewer for H-Diplo
|Interests:||American History / Studies
Ph.D., History, University of California, Davis. June 1993. Dissertation: Challenging the Secret Government: Congress and the Press Investigate the Intelligence Community, 1974-1976.
Master of Arts, History, University of California, Davis, March 1988.
Bachelor of Arts with Honors and Distinction, History, Stanford University, June 1985.
Professor, history department, University of California, Davis, July 2005-present.
Associate professor, history department, University of California, Davis, July 2003-present.
Assistant professor, history department, University of California, Davis, July 2001-June 2003.
Lecturer, history department, University of California, Davis, September 1993-December 2000.
PUBLICATIONS -- BOOKS
Red Spy Queen: A Biography of Elizabeth Bentley. University of North Carolina Press, 2002.
Challenging the Secret Government: The Post- Watergate Investigations of the CIA and FBI. University of North Carolina Press, 1996.
“Lapdogs or Rogue Elephants? Controversies and Conspiracy Theories about the CIA,” in Athan Theoharis, ed., The CIA. Forthcoming, Greenwood, 2005.
“Blond Queens, Red Spiders, and Neurotic Old Maids: Gender and Espionage in the Early Cold War.” Intelligence and National Security 19:1 (Spring 2004).
"Reclaiming Executive Power: The Ford Administration's Response to the Intelligence Investigations." Presidential Studies Quarterly 26:3 (Summer 1996): 725-37.
"'An American Conspiracy': The Post-Watergate Press and the CIA." Journalism History, 19:2 (Summer 1993): 51-58.
RESEARCH IN PROGRESS
Governing Conspiracies: Conspiracy Theories about the U.S. Government from World War I to September 11
Under contract with Oxford University Press.
UNDERGRADUATE COURSES TAUGHT
United States since 1865
United States, 1877 to 1917
United States, 1917 to 1945
United States since 1945
Conspiracy Theories in U.S. History
Social and Cultural History of the 20th Century United States
Secrecy and Democracy in the United States
GRADUATE COURSES TAUGHT
The Cold War
Reform and Reaction in 20th Century America
“’I Think She Is One Hundred Percent Our Woman’: Elizabeth Bentley and Female Agency.” Presented at the Pacific Coast branch meeting of the American Historical Association, Honolulu, Hawaii, August 1, 2003.
“Women’s Studies and Intelligence History.” Presented at the Southwest/Texas branch of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 15, 2002.
“Red Spy Queens: Gender and Espionage in the Early Cold War.” Presented at the Western Association of Women Historians conference, Huntington Library, April 21, 2002.