Todd earned a Ph.D. in social studies and global education from The Ohio State University. In addition to serving as director of the graduate program in secondary education, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. Todd has coordinated school-university partnerships known as Professional Development Schools.
Todd is active in the social studies education community. He has served as chair of the Public Relations Committee and as a member of the Outstanding Secondary Social Studies Teacher Selection Sub-Committee for the National Council for the Social Studies. In addition, he was national program chair of the 2007 Annual Meeting for NCSS College and University Faculty Assembly in San Diego, and he served as treasurer from 2010-2011. Todd also currently serves as the Book Review Editor for Theory and Research in Social Education, the leading journal of social studies education.
Todd is passionate about educational issues. Since 2006, he has spearheaded campus efforts to raise awareness about genocide in Darfur through the Darfur Schools Program. In partnership with the Darfur Peace and Development Organization, the program provides schooling for children displaced by the violence.
Todd has appeared as a panelist on Midday with Dan Rodricks on WYPR 88.1 FM and as a guest on several different occasions. He has also been quoted in news stories about educational issues (like GIS in the classroom and standardized testing) by the Baltimore Sun, on Baltimore's WYPR 88.1 FM, and on Washington's WTOP 103.5 FM.