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University Dean is Author of Two Books on FBI under J. Edgar Hoover

Matthew Cecil, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, will discuss books at events nationwide this fall.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 9-19-2016

Mankato, Minn. – Matthew Cecil, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at Minnesota State University, Mankato, has written two new books, “Branding Hoover’s FBI: How the Boss’s PR Men Sold the Bureau,” and “The Ballad of Ben and Stella Mae: Great Plains Outlaws Who Became FBI Public Enemies Nos. 1 and 2,” that were released this month by the University Press of Kansas.

Cecil will be discussing his books this fall throughout the United States at various events, including the 14th annual South Dakota Festival of Books, held Sept. 22-25 in Brookings and Sioux Falls, S.D., and at the 92nd Street Y, a cultural and community center in New York City, on Dec. 16.

A former newspaper journalist turned professor, Cecil is a widely acclaimed expert on the history of J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI, particularly its relationships with journalists. His book, “Hoover’s FBI and the Fourth Estate,” was selected as the 2015 History Book of the Year by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

For more information, please contact Cecil by phone at 507-389-1712 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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