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Carolyn Pumphrey

Teaching Assistant Professor

Department of History

Withers Hall 269

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Carolyn Pumphrey (B.A. in Literature and History, University of York, England, M.A. and Ph.D. History, Duke University) is Teaching Assistant Professor of History at North Carolina State University. Her M.A. focused on Renaissance intellectual history, and her doctorate on early medieval French social and religious history. She has taught courses ranging from Ancient War and Peace to the French Revolution, many of them while working at  Spring Hill College, Mobile, Alabama.  At NCSU she has taught Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern history. Between summer 1998 and winter 2020 she worked for the security studies consortium – the Triangle Institute for Security Studies – first as Program Coordinator and then as Associate Director. In that capacity, she organized events, secured grants, and managed the program in intelligence and security studies. She has edited five books on issues relating to national and international security. Born in the United States, she lived for many years in the UK and Europe (Switzerland and France), but she now considers North Carolina home.


Teaching and Research Interests

Teaching focus:  Medieval history.


The Energy and Security Nexus: A Strategic Dilemma (Strategic Studies Institute, December 2012); Global Climate Change: National Security Implications (Strategic Studies Institute, May 2008);  (With Rye Schwartz-Barcott), “Armed Conflict in Africa” (Scarecrow Press, August, 2003);“The Rise of China:  Security Implications” (Strategic Studies Institute, January 2002); and “Transnational Threats: Blending Law Enforcement and Military Strategies,” (Strategic Studies Institute, November 2000).


Ph.D. Medieval History Duke University 1985