Michael Shane Powers

Michael Shane Powers


J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences


Phone: 479-575-5892

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Michael Shane Powers is a historian of the American South and Latin America.  His current manuscript project, Currents of the New South: Edward A. Burke, the U.S. South, and Latin America in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries, explores a transnational component of the late nineteenth century New South  that sought increased economic and political ties with Latin America and, subsequently, on Southerners who would live in the region as venture capitalists. The project reveals how various Gulf South leaders, particularly in New Orleans, vied to position their respective states as a circum-Caribbean metropole.  Using American and Latino perspectives, the manuscript also demonstrates how Hispancs from elites to campesinos significantly shaped policies and opinions.  

Although his reseach is centered on the U.S. and Latin America, Powers' teaching interests span include the Global South writ large and transnational themes. 

B.A., History & Political Science, University of Florida

M.A., History, Clemson University

PhD, History, University of Arkansas 


Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South Research Fellowship, University of Alabama, 2017

Baird Society Resident Scholar Fellow, Smithsonian Institution Libraries, 2017

Global South Fellowship, New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, Tulane University, 2016

Midlo Center Visiting Scholars Program, University of New Orleans, 2014


James J. Hudson Research Fund, University of Arkansas, 2017

Diane D. Blair Fellowship in Southern History, University of Arkansas, 2015 and 2016

Jesse Taylor Jr. Endowed Scholarship in History, University of Arkansas, 2013 and 2014