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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. Before coming to Southern Miss, I served as Instructional Librarian and Adjunct Professor of History at Washburn University and Associate Professor of Library Science at Emporia State University. Formally trained as a historian, I have strong interests in (mis)information 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)
  • BA - University of Texas at Austin (2004)

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Reference and Information Resources and Services

  • 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