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Michael Butler

Michael Butler

Kenan Distinguished Professor of History, Chair of Humanities


Research, Professional and Creative Activity

  • Author, Victory After the Fall: The Memories of Civil Rights Activist H. K. Matthews
  • Published in the Journal of Southern History, the Florida Historical Quarterly, Southern Cultures, Popular Music and Society, and the Journal of Mississippi History
  • Author of May 2016, Beyond Integration: The Black Freedom Struggle in Escambia County, Florida, 1960-1980

Has written more than 40 book reviews and encyclopedia entries for various academic journals.

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Professional Profile

Professor Butler graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in History from Spring Hill College, a Jesuit college in Mobile, Alabama, where he was a President’s Scholar. He received both his Master’s and Doctorate in History from the University of Mississippi, where he specialized in 20th century Southern History with an emphasis on the Civil Rights movement.

Teaching and Related Service

Courses taught:

  • World Civilization
  • American History
  • American Government
  • African-American History
  • The Vietnam War
  • Southern Cultural History
  • History of Rock and Roll
  • American History through 1877
  • America and the Second World War
  • Slavery in the United States  
  • Reconstruction and Jim Crow America   
  • The Civil Rights Movement
  • Southern Religious History  
  • Historical Methods

Senior Seminar Summer Study Abroad Classes (and next year offered):

  • 20th Century Irish History: The Rising through the Troubles (2016)   
  • The American War: The Struggle for Independence in Vietnam (2017) 
  • World War II: The Blitz, D-Day, and the Liberation of Paris (2018)
  • World War II: The Fall of Nazi Germany (2019)

Previously taught at:

  • South Georgia College
  • Northwest Mississippi Community College
  • University of Mississippi

More Information

Office Hours (On Campus)

  • Monday: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Tuesday: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM