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Brendan Fay

Dr. Brendan Fay

Associate Professor


I earned my M.L.S. and Ph.D. from Indiana University--Bloomington in 2013 and have strong interests in academic libraries and archives and special collections. Prior to coming to Southern Miss, I served as Instructional Librarian and Adjunct Professor of History at Washburn University. I have strong research interests in information and book history and my current scholarship centers on misinformation in closed societies and how conspiracy theories shape popular attitudes towards everyday life within military dictatorships, fascist states, and other authoritarian regimes. I am currently at work on a book manuscript tentatively titled The Power of Conspiracy: Nazi Information Worlds Between Weimar and the Third Reich.

  • PHD - Indiana University-Bloomington (2013)
  • MA - Indiana University-Bloomington (2008)
  • MLIS - Indiana University-Bloomington (2008)
  • BA - University of Texas at Austin (2004)

Cataloging and Classification
Reference and Information Resources and Services
History of Libraries
Conspiracy Theories in the Information Age
Fundamentals of Information Science

  • Classical Music in Weimar Germany: Culture and Politics before the Third Reich, Bloomsbury, 2019
  • The Nazi Conspiracy Theory: German Fantasies and Jewish Power in the Third Reich, Library & Information History , 2019
  • Becoming Socialist: Print Culture and the Global Revolutionary Moment, 1880-1914, Information & Culture: A Journal of History , 2020
  • Training and Practice of Instructional Libraries: Cross Population and Longitudinal Perspectives, The Reference Librarian , 2021
  • Do They Really Understand Us? Comparing Instructional Librarian, Administrator, and Educator Perspectives about Instructional Librarianship Preparation, Duties, and Needs, Journal of Education for Library and Information Science , 2021
  • American Library Association
  • Mississippi Library Association
  • Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)
  • German Studies Association
  • German (Full Professional)
  • French (Professional Working)

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Areas of Expertise

Academic Libraries; Cultural History; Modern Germany; Information in Closed Societies; Misinformation; Conspiracy Theories