Charles Bright is Interim Director of the Residential College, Arthur F Thurnau Professor, a professor of History. He is also the faculty co-Director of the Semester in Detroit program of the LSA that is based in the RC.
Charlie Bright is a historian, trained in European military and geopolitical history, who has moved far afield in his teaching and research — pushed along by his own intellectual curiosity and by the openness and rigors of undergraduate teaching at the RC over the last thirty years. His two books, on statemaking and social movements and on prison history grew out of courses he taught and research projects he led in the RC; many of more recent published essays on globalization were conceived in a collaborative course he has taught for many years in the RC and the History Department. Bright has also long been interested in theater and has taught several courses over the years in collaboration with faculty in the Drama Program — including one on theater and politics in interwar Germany that underwrote a series of productions of plays by Bertolt Brecht in the RC, and more recently in collaborations with Detroit area theater companies, doing oral histories of the city that are then transformed into plays or musicals. His new collaboration, with the Mosaic Youth Theater of Detroit, will begin in the coming academic year. Again, it is the unique interdisciplinary environment of the RC that has allowed him to combine his training in history with his love of the stage, and to make both a continuing part of his academic career.
“Violence in the Big House,” States of Violence (2006)
“Regimes of World Order,” Perspectives on the Global Past (2005)
“It Was As If We Were Never There,” Journal of American History (2002)
“Where in the World is America?” Rethinking American History in a Global Age (2002)
“Global Violence and Nationalizing Wars in Eurasia and America,” Comparative Studies in Society and History (1996)