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Michael Bertrand, PhD

Michael T. Bertrand is a historian of the American South and the modern United States. He has taught at the University of Memphis, Middle Tennessee State University, and the University of Mississippi, where he worked in the Center for the Study of Southern Culture. He co-founded and moderated the H-Network forum, H-Southern-Music, and also served as music editor for the African American National Biography. He has written numerous reviews for the Journal of American History, the American Historical Review, and the Journal of Southern History, among others, and presently reviews works on southern history for Choice. He has contributed entries to various encyclopedia projects on such topics as populism, Hank Williams, Huey Long, Sam Phillips, and music and social class. He has appeared on historical documentaries seen on Sky Arts (Great Britain), PBS, A&E, and the History and Biography Channels, programs produced by award-winning film makers like Henry Louis Gates, David Upshal, Bruce Sinofsky, and Michael Rose. The author of Race, Rock, and Elvis (University of Illinois Press), Bertrand currently is writing a manuscript entitled Remixing the Master/Reframing the Story: The Significance of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Southern History.

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PhD, U.S. History, minor in Ethnomusicology, the University of Memphis, 1995

MA, U.S. History, University of Louisiana Lafayette, 1987

BA, English-Journalism, minor in U.S. History, University of Louisiana Lafayette, 1985

Courses Taught

U.S. History Survey, I, II, Honors, U.S. Cultural History, Gilded Age and Progressivism, U.S. History, 1919-1945, Post World War II U.S., The Old South, The New South, Radical Social Movements, Intro to Southern Studies I, II, Honors (Team), Southern Working-Class Music (Seminar),  Rock `n' Roll and Southern Culture (Seminar), History Senior Project

Research Interests

Southern history/culture; modern/20th Century U.S. history; race relations; popular music; popular culture

Selected Publications

Race, Rock, and Elvis (Music in American Life, University of Illinois Press, 2005).

Selected Scholarly Reviews: Journal of American History, American Historical Review, Journal of Southern History, Journal of American Folklore, Socialist Review, Popular Music and Society, Multicultural Review, Journal of the American Musicological Society, Journal of American Culture, European Journal of Communication, Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society.