Michael W. Golay

Instructor in History
Appointed
1999

Education

B.A.
Indiana University Bloomington

M.A.
State University of New York

Biography

Michael Golay teaches courses in U.S., European and imperial Russian history, as well as Contemporary Middle East. He began teaching part-time at Exeter in the spring of 2000 after careers as a newspaper journalist and as an independent scholar. He received a full-time appointment as instructor in history in 2004.

Mr. Golay is the author of To Gettysburg and Beyond (1994), A Ruined Land: The End of the Civil War (1999), The Tide of Empire: America’s March to the Pacific (2003) and (with two others) A Critical Companion to William Faulkner (2001; 2008), among other works. A Ruined Land was a finalist for the 2000 Lincoln Prize in American History. His latest book, America 1933, was published in May 2013. It is a study of the worst 18 months of the Depression.

Mr. Golay is an affiliate in McConnell Hall. He lives in Cushwa House with his wife, Julie Quinn.

Publications

America 1933: The Great Depression, Lorena Hickok, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Shaping of the New Deal, 2013.

Civil War (America at War), 2010.

Critical Companion to William Faulkner: A Literary Reference to His Life And Work, 2008.

The Tide of Empire: America's March to the Pacific, 2003.

North American Exploration, 2003.

William Faulkner A to Z, 2001.

A Ruined Land: The End of the Civil War, 1999.

Generals: The Civil War, 1998

Where America Stands 1997, 1997

Where America Stands 1996, 1996

Civil War Battlefields and Landmarks: A Guide to the National Park Sites, (editor), 1996

Reconstruction and Reaction: The Emancipation of Slaves 1861-1913 (Library of African-American History), 1996.

Spanish-American War (America at War), 1995.

To Gettysburg And Beyond: The Parallel Lives of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and Edward Porter Alexander, 1994.