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Brandon R. Byrd
|Interests:||African American History / Studies
American History / Studies
Black History / Studies
I am a recipient of a Ph.D. from the Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Beginning in the Fall 2016, I will be an Assistant Professor of History at Vanderbilt University. My research specialties lie in nineteenth and early twentieth-century United States, African American, and African Diaspora History. I am working on a book manuscript, An Experiment in Self-Government: Haiti in the African-American Political Imagination, 1863-1915, that focuses on the ways in which leading African Americans conceptualized the link between Haitian independence and their prospects for racial progress, communal self-determination, and full citizenship in the postemancipation United States. It is under contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press.
My teaching spans United States, Black Intellectual and African American History. I have taught introductory surveys covering colonial and antebellum United States and African American History, upper-level seminars on the Civil Rights Movement, African American Cultural History, and African American Pan-Africanist Thought and a graduate readings colloquium in African American History. My future course offerings include a survey of African American Intellectual History. I have a certificate in E-Learning from the Center for Teaching and Learning at Marquette University and a certificate in Distance Instruction from the Center for Teaching and Learning at Mississippi State University.
Additionally, I am the chair of the 2017 African American Intellectual History Society Annual Conference and I further explore my interests in United States, African American, Haitian and African Diaspora History as a regular blogger with the AAIHS blog.