Mark Benbow

Mark Benbow (no photo)

Associate Professor

Academic Credentials

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


Dr. Mark Benbow 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 1987 to 2002, Dr. Benbow worked on national security issues for the federal government. From 2003 to 2006, he was the historian at the Woodrow Wilson House Museum in Washington, DC. He also serves as Museum Director for the Arlington Historical Society and manages the Arlington Historical Museum (The Hume School). He earned his BA in history from Hanover College in Indiana in 1981 and his MA in history from Wright State University in 1983. From 1983-1987 he studied for his doctorate in American History at Ohio University under Alonzo Hamby. From 1987 until 1999 he worked towards completing his degree, finally finishing in 1999.

 A Dayton, Ohio native, Dr. Benbow is a lifelong devoted fan of the Cincinnati Reds, has been happily married for almost thirty years, and is the adopted dad to a small herd of rescued dogs and cats. Since 1976 he’s been a collector of metallic malted beverage containers.


Other Information

Teaching Area

  • The United States post-Civil War
  • Public History

Research Interests

  • Woodrow Wilson
  • The Prohibition Movement and the brewing industry
  • History of the Washington, DC area



  •  Leading Them to the Promised Land: Woodrow Wilson, Covenant Theology and the Mexican Revolution: 1913-1915, was published by Kent State University Press in 2010.
  •  The Nation’s Capital Brewmaster: Christian Heurich and His Brewery, 1842-1956, was published by McFarland in 2017.  
  • Currently he is writing Woodrow Wilson as Commander in Chief, which is under contract with the Naval Institute Press and due for release in late 2020. In the future Dr. Benbow is considering writing books on Woodrow Wilson and the birth of the motion picture industry, and on gender and the pre-Prohibition brewing industry.

He has has published peer-reviewed articles in multiple journals including Journalism HistoryStudies in IntelligenceThe Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, and Brewery History. He has also published multiple essays and book chapters including two articles for the German Historical Institute’s online Immigrant Entrepreneurship project and has also delivered numerous papers on multiple topics relating to Woodrow Wilson’s administration and on Washington history and the brewing industry at meetings of the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, and the Popular Culture Association.


Phone: 703-284-1629