Curriculum Vitae


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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


Distance Instruction, Center for Teaching and Learning, Mississippi State University

E-Learning, Center for Teaching and Learning, Marquette University


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, 2019).
Expanding the Boundaries of Black Intellectual History, co-edited with Leslie Alexander and Russell Rickford (under contract with Northwestern University Press).
Haiti for the Haitians, co-edited with Nathan H. Dize and Chelsea Stieber (under contract with Liverpool University Press).

Peer-Reviewed Articles

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.

Selected 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).

Selected 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
Robert Trent Vinson, The Americans are Coming! Dreams of African American Liberation in Segregationist South Africa in National Political Science Review 18 (November 2016)

Selected Encyclopedia Entries

“James Theodore Holly,” Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography, eds., Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Franklin K. Knight (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming June 2016)

Selected Web-based Writing

Regular Contributor, African American Intellectual History Society Blog,


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

“Memphis State Eight” Paper Prize, 15th Annual Graduate Student Conference in African American History, University of Memphis


Sport & Society Research Grant, Vanderbilt University
Research Scholar Grants, Summer Stipend and Undergraduate Research Supervision, Vanderbilt University
College of Arts & Sciences Humanities and Arts Research Program Fellowship, Mississippi State University

Franklin Research Grant, American Philosophical Society

Du Bois Library Fellowship, UMass Amherst, archival research in the W.E.B. Du Bois Papers

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
Expanding the Boundaries of Black Nationalism
African American Intellectual History Society Annual Conference
New Perspectives on the Haitian Emigration Movement
Caribbean Studies Association Annual Conference

Selected 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

“A Colored Man Who Calls Himself Prince: W.S.J. Challoughlczilczise and the Growth of Garveyism on the Great Plains”
Global Garveyism Conference, Virginia Commonwealth University

“The Haytian Lady of High Culture”
New Scholarship on the Black Atlantic Symposium, the University of Utah

“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

Selected 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


Graduate Courses
Readings in African American History Colloquium

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


Vice President, African American Intellectual History Society

Brandon R Byrd