Michael T. Bertrand

Professor of History


"The past is never dead. It is not even past." -- William Faulkner

As someone who engages the past on a daily basis, my teaching and scholarship reflect a long-standing commitment to understanding the interrelationships between race, class, gender, and generation as they have existed and evolved in the American South.

I especially am interested in comprehending the complex connections and dynamics between popular music, popular culture, memory, and social change from the late nineteenth through the twentieth and into the twenty-first century.

James Baldwin, a late contemporary of Faulkner, once wrote:

"History does not refer merely, or even principally, to the past. On the contrary, the great force of history comes from the fact that we carry within us, are unconsciously controlled by it in many ways, and history is literally present in all that we do."

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