Michael Brooks (historian and journalist)

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Michael E. Brooks
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Born (1964-03-01) March 1, 1964 (age 52)
Detroit, Michigan
Alma mater University of Toledo (B.A.)(M.A.)(Ph.D.)
Occupation Historian

Michael Brooks (born March 1, 1964) is an American historian and investigative journalist. Brooks earned his Ph.D. at the University of Toledo.


As a journalist he currently writes for the Toledo Free Press, and his work has been published in a variety of local, regional, and national periodicals.

Brooks won Touchstone Awards in 2004 and 2005 for best news articles in a non-daily periodical, awarded by the Toledo Press Club.[1] He was also awarded an Ohio Newspaper Association award in 2005 for his coverage of conditions at the Toledo Jeep facility, which has been translated into German, Spanish, and Portuguese versions.


As an academic Brooks currently teaches at Bowling Green State University[2] in Bowling Green, Ohio, and he has also taught at the University of Toledo, Wayne State University, Monroe County Community College, Owens Community College, and Lourdes University. As a historian Brooks has research interests in epidemiological history, European expansion, and Central Asian history.

In 2007 Brooks was awarded a three-year research fellowship by the University of Toledo,[3] which allowed him to travel to European archives. His work has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, and he has contributed chapters to several academic texts, including the forthcoming Natives and Newcomers: Great Lakes Peoples (2010).[4]

Brooks has been engaged in research on the history of the KKK in Northwest Ohio. This work resulted in the publication of his 2014 book The Ku Klux Klan in Wood County, Ohio. [5]

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