William Umstead Distinguished Professor
560 Hamilton Hall
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MA Harvard University, 1984
PhD Harvard University, 1988

Research Interests

W. Fitzhugh Brundage’s general research interests are American history since the Civil War, with a particular focus on the American South. He has written on lynching, utopian socialism in the New South, and white and black historical memory in the South since the Civil War. His current research project is a book on debates about torture in the United States from the time of European contact to the twenty-first century.

Some Notable Publications

  • Editor, Beyond Blackface: African Americans and the Creation of American Popular Culture, 1890-1930 (University of North Carolina Press, 2011)(
  • The Southern Past: A Clash of Race and Memory (Harvard University Press, 2008)
  • Editor, Booker T. Washington and Black Progress: Up From Slavery 100 Years Later (Bedford Books, 2003)
  • Editor, Where These Memories Grow: History, Memory, and Regional Identity in the American South (University of North Carolina Press, 2000)
  • A Socialist Utopia: The Ruskin Colonies in Tennessee and Georgia, 1894-1901 (University of Illinois Press, 1996)

Graduate Students

Courses Taught (as schedule allows)

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  • HIST 61—History & Memory in the Modern South, 1865 to the Present
  • HIST 125—The Social History of Popular Music in Twentieth Century America
  • HIST 128—U.S. History since 1865
  • HIST 716—Introductory Colloquium in US History since 1865