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Gregg L. Michel, Associate Professor of History, received a B.A. from the University of Chicago and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. Dr. Michel's scholarly work focuses on movements for social change in post-World War II America, particularly in the 1960s South. He has published several articles and delivered numerous papers on this topic. His book, Struggle for a Better South: The Southern Student Organizing Committee, 1964-1969, examines the turbulent history of the bending progressive white student organizations in the 1960s South. His expertise in such content areas as the history of the civil rights movement and post-World War II southern and African-American history have helped to expand the graduate program, and the diverse methodologies he employs in his research allows him to expose his students to a wide range of historical approaches, including the use of oral testimony to access the attitudes and beliefs of ordinary people in the past. Dr. Michel has taught Historical Methods, a course which is required of all graduate students. The course seeks to introduce students to the historian's craft through an examination of a variety of historical methodologies and a focus on basic writing and analytical skills. As the course title suggests, the class is not organized around a particular topic or time period but rather the methods historians use to make sense of the past. As a foundational course for graduate students, he seeks to expose students to numerous approaches to researching and understanding the past.

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