Within the broader field of African American History, my research focuses on black thought and political culture across the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In particular, I am interested in how (and the reasons why) African Americans have articulated global understandings of freedom.

I am currently writing my first book, The Black Republic: African Americans, Haiti, and the Rise of Radical Black Internationalism. This project, which draws upon a range of published and archival primary sources including newspapers, speeches, plays, diplomatic records, books, missionary reports, school documents, and correspondences, analyzes how black intellectuals thought about Haiti and the Haitian Revolution in the long postemancipation era that followed the US Civil War. Some of this history is highlighted in my article “Black Republicans, Black Republic: African-Americans, Haiti, and the Promise of Reconstruction” which was published by Slavery & Abolition.

Brandon R Byrd