H.W. Brands was born in Oregon and moved to California for college. He studied mathematics and history at Stanford University, then returned to his high school alma mater to teach mathematics while working on graduate degrees in both mathematics and history. Dr. Brands moved from Oregon to Texas for his Ph.D., and taught at Vanderbilt University and Texas A&M University before joining the faculty at The University of Texas at Austin, where he holds the Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History.
Dr. Brands writes on American history and politics, including The Man Who Saved the Union, Traitor to his Class, The First American, and TR. Several of his books have been best-sellers; two were finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Traitor to his Class and The First American. Dr. Brands is a regular guest on national radio and television programs, and is frequently interviewed by the American and foreign press. His writings have been published in several countries and translated into German, French, Russian, Ukrainian, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.