Michael T Bernath

Assoc. Professor
CHARLTON W. TEBEAU ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
DIRECTOR OF GRADUATE STUDIES

Phone:
(305) 284-4554
Locator Code:
4662

 
About
Michael Bernath specializes in 19th-Century American history with particular emphases on the Civil War Era, the South, and 19th-Century cultural and intellectual history. Born in Maryland, he grew up in rural Pennsylvania. He received his bachelor’s degree from Brown University in 1997 and his Ph.D. from Harvard in 2005.
His first book, Confederate Minds: The Struggle for Intellectual Independence in the Civil War South (University of North Carolina Press, 2010) examines the rise of Confederate cultural nationalism and the wartime efforts to construct an autonomous and distinctly southern intellectual and literary culture. His current book project focuses on the experiences, perceptions, and reception of the thousands of northern men and women who lived and worked as teachers in the South during the years leading up to the Civil War. He has published articles in the Journal of Southern History, the Journal of the Civil War Era, Civil War History, and Georgia Historical Quarterly, and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, the Huntington Library, the Virginia Historical Society, the Filson Historical Society, and the Boston Athenaeum. Professor Bernath teaches courses on the Civil War, the Rise of Sectionalism, the Old South, antebellum reform movements, as well as general topics in 19th-Century intellectual and cultural history.
Career

Education

2005Ph.D. Harvard University
1997 B.A. Brown University
Research

LIST OF SPECIALTIES: 19th Century U.S., Civil War Era, Southern History, Intellectual and Cultural

Publications

Michael T. Bernath Confederate Minds: The Struggle for Intellectual Independence in the Civil War South (University of North Carolina Press. 2010). [Link]


Michael T. Bernath Journal of Southern History