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).
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 Times, The New Republic, The Nation, Politico, Dissent, Boston Review, Foreign Policy, The American Prospect, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.