Michael Brenes is Interim Director of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy and Lecturer in History. His research interests include 20th-century United States foreign policy, political history, and political economy. He is the author of For Might and Right: Cold War Defense Spending and the Remaking of American Democracy (University of Massachusetts Press, 2020).

In addition to his academic articles and book chapters, his work has been published in The New York TimesThe New RepublicForeign Affairs, Politico, Dissent, Boston ReviewForeign Policy, The Nation, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

He is also co-editing two volumes with Daniel Bessner, one on the relationship between domestic politics and U.S. foreign policy (to be published by Palgrave MacMillan), and the other on the history of Cold War liberalism. His current book project is a history of the War on Terror.