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Ph.D., Department of History, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dissertation: “An Experiment in Self-Government: Haiti in the African American Political Imagination, 1863-1915”
M.A., Department of History, The College of William & Mary
B.A., Departmental Honors in History, Davidson College


Assistant Professor of History, Vanderbilt University
Assistant Professor of History, Mississippi State University



The Black Republic: African Americans and the Fate of Haiti (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020).


The Abyssinian Prince: A History of Imposture and the Interwar United States,” The Journal of African American History 104, no. 3 (2019): 355-391.
The Transnational Work of Moral Elevation: African American Women and the Reformation of Haiti, 1874-1950,” Palimpsest 5, no. 2 (2016): 128-150.
Teaching Celia in the Age of Black Lives Matter” Radical Teacher 126 (Fall 2016): 57-64.

“To Start Something to Help These People: African American Women and the Occupation of Haiti, 1915-1934,” The Journal of Haitian Studies 21, no. 2 (December 2015): 127-153.

“Black Republicans, Black Republic: Black Leaders, Haiti, and the Promise of Reconstruction,” Slavery & Abolition 36, no. 4 (December 2015): 545-567.

Book Chapters

“We are Negroes! The Haitian Zambo, Racial Spectacle, and the Performance of Black Women's Internationalism, 1863-1877,” in To Turn the Whole World Over: Black Women and Internationalism, eds., Keisha N. Blain and Tiffany M. Gill (Urbana: The University of Illinois Press, 2019).
“Fabre Geffrard, the Holly Family, and the Construction of a “Civilized” Haiti,” in Vodou in Haitian Memory: The Idea and Representation of Vodou in Haitian Imagination, eds., Celucien L. Joseph and Nixon S. Cleophat (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2016).

Review Essays and Book Reviews

Addressing the Problem of the Archive in Afro-Diasporic History, in Reviews in American History 46 (December 2018): 579-585


Best Article Prize, Latin American Studies Association, Haiti-Dominican Republic Section


Dean's Faculty Fellowship, Vanderbilt University
Research Scholar Grant, Fellowship, Vanderbilt University
Faculty Fellowship, Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, Vanderbilt University

Franklin Research Grant, American Philosophical Society

Du Bois Library Fellowship, UMass Amherst

Consortium for Faculty Diversity, Postdoctoral Fellowship (declined)
Arnold L. Mitchem Fellowship, Marquette University, Department of History
Jean Hervey Slappy Research Fellowship, Marcus Garvey Foundation
Graduate Summer Research Grant, UNC-CH Center for the Study of the American South
Samuel Flagg Bemis Dissertation Research Grant, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations
North Carolina Minority Presence Fellowship, UNC-CH Graduate School


Panels Organized

Expanding the Boundaries of Black Intellectual History
Association for the Study of African American Life and History Annual Convention

Papers Presented

“Occupation's Diaspora: Alonzo P. Holly and the Global Black Freedom Struggle”
Organization of American Historians Annual Conference
“To Evade the Laws of the Country: The Haitian Emigration Movement, Citizenship, and US--Haitian Diplomacy”
American Historical Association Annual Meeting
“The Happiest Peasants in the World: W.E.B. Du Bois, Haiti, and Black Reconstruction
American Historical Association Annual Meeting

“The Problem of Haiti as it Stands Today: W.E.B. Du Bois on the U.S. Occupation of Haiti, 1915-1934”
Association for the Study of African American Life and History Annual Convention

“African American Women and Racial Uplift in Occupied Haiti, 1915-1934”
American Historical Association Annual Meeting

Invited Talks

African Americans, Haiti, and the Rise of Radical Black Internationalism
Lester Lecture, Davidson College
The Black Republic and Black Reconstruction
The History Colloquium, University of North Alabama


Undergraduate Courses
U.S. History from the Revolution to Reconstruction
Black Lives Matter
African American History to 1865
U.S. Intellectual History to 1865
African American Intellectual History

Graduate Courses
Readings in African American History
Atlantic World History


Series Editor, “Black Lives and Liberation,” Vanderbilt University Press


Vice President, African American Intellectual History Society

Brandon R Byrd