Associate Director of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy and Lecturer in History
Fields of interest:
20th-century American foreign policy, political history, and political economy
Michael Brenes is Associate Director of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy and Lecturer in History. His research interests include 20th-century American foreign policy, political history, and political economy. He is the author of For Might and Right: Cold War Defense Spending and the Remaking of American Democracy (University of Massachusetts Press, 2020).
He is currently writing a history of progressive activists and politicians in the Democratic Party since World War II, tentatively titled Enemies and Allies: How Progressives and Moderates Fought Over the Democratic Party and Transformed American Politics, from Franklin Roosevelt to Joe Biden. He has also begun work on a book on the aftermath of World War I and the founding of a “liberal world order.”
In addition to his academic articles and book chapters, his work has been published in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The New Republic, The Nation, Boston Review, Politico, Foreign Policy, The American Prospect, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.