The Black Republic: African Americans and the Fate of Haiti (Philadelphia: The University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019)


“The Abyssinian Prince: A History of Imposture and the Interwar United States,” The Journal of African American History 104, no. 3 (Summer 2019): 355-391.

“The Transnational Work of Moral Elevation: African American Women and the Reformation of Haiti, 1874-1950,” Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender, and the Black International 5, no. 2 (2016): 128-150. *Winner: 2017 Best Article Prize in the Haiti-Dominican Republic Section of the Latin American Studies Association*

“Teaching Celia in the Age of Black Lives Matter,” Radical Teacher 106 (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: African-Americans, Haiti, and the Promise of Reconstruction,” Slavery & Abolition 36, no. 4 (December 2015): 545-567.

Book Chapters and Essays

“Black Women’s Internationalism from the Age of Revolutions to World War I,” in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History (New York: Oxford University Press). Article published September 2019. DOI:

“‘We are Negroes!’ The Haitian Zambo, Racial Spectacle, and the Performance of Black Women’s Internationalism, 1863-1877,” in Keisha N. Blain and Tiffany M. Gill, eds., To Turn The Whole Whole World Over: Black Women and Internationalism (Urbana: The University of Illinois Press, 2019)

“Fabre Geffrard, the Holly Family, and the Construction of a “Civilized” Haiti,” in Celucien L. Joseph and Nixon S. Cleophat, eds., Vodou in Haitian Memory: The Idea and Representation of Vodou in Haitian Imagination (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2016).

Book Foreword

“Foreword,” in Patrick Bellegarde-Smith, In the Shadow of Powers: Dantès Bellegarde in Haitian Social Thought, 2nd Edition (Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2019).

Cultural & Literary Periodicals

“Racism has always driven US Policy toward Haiti,” The Washington Post

“From Martin Luther King Jr.’s Assassination to the Charleston Massacre, the Reactionary Right Has Used Madness as an Excuse for Violence,” The Daily Beast

“Tar Heels, Alive,” The Point Magazine

“Making America White 200 Years Ago,” Public Books

“Talking About Mass Shootings Involves Silence About American History,” and “Soul and Ice: Finding P.K. Subban’s Nashville,” Scalawag 

Online Publications

Various, Black Perspectives, online publication of the African American Intellectual History Society.

“Reconstruction, Power, and the Personal,” Journal of the Civil War Era

“Civilization in the Highest?” Democracy: A Journal of Ideas

“Sylvio Cator: Haiti’s Olympian,” and “O.J. Simpson, Ex-Colored Man,” Sport in American History.

“White Folks and Christians in Haiti,” H-Haiti.

Book Reviews, Encyclopedia Entries, Dictionary Entries, and More

I have contributed book reviews and review essays for numerous journals, including Reviews in American History and The Journal of African American History, and entries to several publications such as the Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography (2016) and The Haitian Reader: History, Culture, and Politics (2020).

Brandon R Byrd