Cindy gueli, phD

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Dr. Cindy Gueli is a writer, teacher, filmmaker, and historical consultant. She primarily writes and lectures about American social and cultural history, Washington, D.C., film, television, and women and gender. She is currently completing the book Lipstick Brigade: Government Girls in World War II Washington, on the unheralded wartime adventures of the quarter of a million young women who flocked to the nation’s capital.

Before becoming a historian, Dr. Gueli worked as a reporter and producer for news, public television, and documentaries. Her latest film project is The Columbia Identity: A Legacy of Belonging which examines the race, gender, and class implications of Columbia, MD’s social experiment on its first generation of kids.

She has taught at American University, The Washington Center, and Montgomery College,  and lectured locally at venues such as the U.S. House of Representatives Congressional Entertainment Industries Caucus, D.C. Historical Studies Conference, and Arena Stage. Her educational experience also includes creating mentor, leadership, and professional development programs for national and international students. Her work in public history includes developing exhibits and projects for the famed Willard InterContinental, humanitarian nonprofit Traveling Mercies, and the Historical Society of  Washington.

Dr. Gueli completed her bachelor’s degree at Georgetown University and received her master’s degree in Film and Video, master’s degree in History, and doctorate in History from American University.


#HerStory: A Project by Chick History

“Martha Putney” by Cindy Gueli

Politico 4/5/11

“Willard Fits the Bill”

Washington Post 2/10/11:

“The Willard: Where Hope Collapsed as Slavery Raged:”

The Eagle 10/31/10

“CAS Professor Joins Oliver Stone to Tell America’s ‘Secret History’:”

The Biz Monthly 10/09:

“Columbia Archives to Offer Mini-Course on Columbia:”

American Today 11/17/08

“First Library-Wide Exhibit Gives Glimpse of Afghanistan, Kenya:”

American Today 4/1/08

“Inaugural Clendenen Conference Offers New Perspectives on Women’s History:”

The OSS Society, Inc Spring ‘07

“Fisher Howe Addresses American University History Class on OSS:”

Travel Video News 1/05

“Washington D.C.’s Willard Hotel Unveils History Gallery Coinciding with Presidential Inauguration:”