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Coastal Carolina University
P.O. Box 261954
Conway, South Carolina



Kenneth Townsend


World War II, American Indian history, American Indian culture, military affairs, Afghanistan

Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts

Kenneth Townsend, professor of history, joined the Coastal Carolina University faculty in 1989. He earned bachelor's degrees in history and political science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a master's degree and Ph.D. in American history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Townsend and art professor Paul Olsen were embedded with U.S. and Afghani soldiers at Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan, for two weeks during the summer of 2006.

Townsend's book "World War II and the American Indian," published by the University of New Mexico Press in 2000, was nominated for five awards. Currently he is writing "The South Carolina Home Front in World War II." Other forthcoming books include: "We're Still Here: American Indian History and Cultures" and "On the Road: A History of South Carolina."

His areas of expertise include the World War II era, American Indian history and cultures, military affairs and an embedding experience in Afghanistan.

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