Michael T. Bernath


Ph.D., Harvard University (2005);
Charlton W. Tebeau Associate Professor

E-mail: mbernath@miami.edu
Office: Rm. 612 Ashe
Phone: (305) 284-4554
Fields of Interest: 19th Century U.S., Civil War, Intellectual and Cultural


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, 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.


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