Michael Li is a Ph.D. student in American history. He was born in Los Angeles and went to college in the Bay Area, where he chanced upon Hart Crane's handwritten letters to Yvor Winters and fell fast in love with the pursuit of history. His interest in Southern history deepened when he read Rebecca Yancey Williams's account of The Vanishing Virginian, and pondered C. Vann Woodward's treatise on the significance of the arts "for the historian." Before coming to Tulane, he taught jazz history at Rutgers for two years.
Modern U.S., American Romanticism, the Southern Renaissance, William Faulkner, Robert Penn Warren, Allen Tate, James Agee, arts criticism, jazz.