Date Thesis Awarded


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Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)


American Studies


Alan Braddock

Committee Members

Frederick Corney

Charlie McGovern


The International Spy Museum, located in Washington D.C., proudly boasts being the only museum dedicated to espionage in the United States, as well as the only museum worldwide dedicated to an international perspective on spying. The institution’s mission is to educate the public on the role of spies in current and historic world events in an unbiased manner. However, the museum does not accomplish these goals. My thesis argues that the glamorization of espionage in the International Spy Museum is counter productive to the institution’s pedagogical mission because it inhibits learning, and instead of advancing knowledge regarding espionage, it reinforces widespread myths about the profession. This argument is based off of three main aspects concerning the presentation of the museum, the museum’s aesthetics, the content of the museum’s exhibits, and the audience’s interaction with said exhibits.

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