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William Umstead Distinguished Professor
511 Hamilton Hall
Office Hours: M 9:30-11:30am and by appointment
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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, white and black historical memory in the South since the Civil War, and the history of torture in the United States from the time of European contact to the twenty-first century. His current research project is a study of Civil War prisoner of war camps.

Some Notable Publications

  • Civilizing Torture: An American Tradition (Belknap Press, 2018)
  • 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, 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)
  • Lynching in the New South: Georgia and Virginia, 1880-1930 (University of Illinois Press, 1993)
  • Graduate Students

    Courses Taught (as schedule allows)

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    • HIST 114—American History and Film
    • HIST 125—The Social History of Popular Music in Twentieth Century America