Brenes, Michael

Michael Brenes

Senior Archivist for American Diplomacy
Manuscripts & Archives

YUL Committees Membership: 

Selected Publications

The Price of Loyalty: Hubert Humphrey, Lyndon Johnson and the Struggle for American Liberalism (manuscript in progress)

For Right and Might: The Cold War and the Remaking of American Democracy (under contract at University of Massachusetts Press, series: Culture and Politics in the Cold War and Beyond).

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

“Jimmy Carter and U.S. Foreign Relations,” in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History, Mark A. Lawrence, editor (Oxford University Press, in progress)

“Peace through Austerity: The Reagan Defense Buildup in the “Age of Inequality” in The Cold War at Home and Abroad: Domestic Politics and U.S. Foreign Policy Since 1945, Mitchell Lerner and Andrew Johns, editors (University of Kentucky Press, 2018)

“Defense Spending and American Foreign Relations,” in The Oxford Handbook of American Foreign Relations, Robert David Johnson, editor (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)

“American Foreign Relations and the “New” History of Capitalism,” in Passport: The Society of American Foreign Relations Review (January 2016)

“Making Foreign Policy at the Grassroots: Cold War Politics and the 1976 Republican Primary,” Journal of Policy History, (Volume 27: No. 1, 2015)

“Theodore Sorensen,” in A Companion to John F. Kennedy, Marc J. Selverstone, editor (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014)

“Disarming the Devil: The Conservative Campaign against a Nuclear Détente in the 1960s,” in The Right Side of the Sixties: Reexamining Conservatism’s Decade of Transformation, Laura Jane Gifford and Daniel K. Williams, editors (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)


"Historians Just Don't Get Archivists. Here's Why." The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 2, 2018

"The Tragedy of Hubert Humphrey," The New York Times, March 23, 2018

Book Reviews

Review of Helen V. Milner and Tingley, Sailing the Water’s Edge: The Domestic Politics of American Foreign Policy (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015), Passport: The Society of American Foreign Relations Review September, 2016

Review of Sandra Scanlon, The Pro-war Movement: Domestic Support for the Vietnam War and the Making of American Conservatism (Amherst: University of Massachusetts, 2013), Journal of Vietnamese Studies, April 2016

Review of Andrea Friedman, Citizenship in Cold War America: The National Security State and the Possibilities of Dissent (Amherst: University of Massachusetts, 2014), H-Net, March 2015

Review of Charles Gati, editor, Zbig: The Strategy and Statecraft of Zbigniew Brzezinski (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013), “roundtable” review online for H-Diplo/ISSF, 2014

Review of Axel Schäfer, Piety and Public Funding: Evangelicals and the State in Modern America (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012), H-Net, November 2012

Review of Andrew Bacevich, editor, The Short American Century: a Postmortem (Cambridge, M.A: Harvard University Press, 2012), H-Net, May 2012


Ph.D, History, City University of New York, 2014