Michael Brenes is a historian and the Senior Archivist for American Diplomacy. His research interests include Cold War foreign policy, political history, and historical methodology. At Jackson, he teaches courses in qualitative methods and international history. His first book, For Might and Right: The Cold War and the Remaking of American Democracy is under contract with University of Massachusetts Press for their series in Culture and Politics in the Cold War and Beyond.

He is currently writing a dual biography of President Lyndon Johnson and Vice President Hubert Humphrey titled The Price of Loyalty: Hubert Humphrey, Lyndon Johnson, and the Struggle for American Liberalism. The book examines how Humphrey and Johnson represent the history of the Democratic Party since World War II and the contested legacy of American liberalism at home and abroad. 

In addition to his academic articles and book chapters, his work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, The American Prospect, Newsweek, The Hill, Vox.com, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.