About Me

I am a recipient of a Ph.D. from the Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and 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, The Black Republic: African Americans, Haiti, and the Rise of Radical Black Internationalism, that focuses on the ways in which black intellectuals in the postemancipation United States conceptualized the link between Haitian independence and racial progress, civic inclusion, black self-determination, and eventually black liberation. 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 African American Popular Culture, the Civil Rights Movement, and African American Pan-Africanist Thought and a graduate readings colloquium in African American History. My upcoming course offerings include surveys of African American Intellectual History and United States Intellectual History and a seminar on #BlackLivesMatter. 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 further explore my interests in United States, African American, Haitian and African Diaspora History as a regular blogger with the African American Intellectual History Society blog. When not contributing to that website and serving as the Chair of the 2017 AAIHS Conference Committee, I enjoy reading fiction, running, and following the UNC Tar Heels. You can find me on Twitter @bronaldbyrd.

Brandon R Byrd