Michael Brenes

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Interim Director, Brady-Johnson Program and Lecturer in History
31 Hillhouse Avenue, Office #307

Michael Brenes is Interim 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).

At Yale, he teaches courses in American military, political, and diplomatic history. Recent course offerings have included “America’s Wars: From Reconstruction to the Present” and “Pandemics, Protests, and Power: A History of 2020.”

In addition to his academic articles and book chapters, his work has been published in The Washington Post, The New York TimesThe New Republic, The NationPolitico, Dissent, Boston ReviewForeign Policy, The American Prospectand The Chronicle of Higher Education.

He is currently writing a history of the War on Terror.