Brandon R. Byrd, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History and African American & Diaspora Studies
Vanderbilt University

Brandon Byrd is a historian of Black intellectual and social history, with special interest in the United States and Haiti. He is the author of The Black Republic: African Americans and the Fate of Haiti (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020), and a co-editor of two books: Ideas in Unexpected Places: Reimagining Black Intellectual History (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2022) and Haiti for the Haitians (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2023).

Along with these publications, his scholarship has appeared in academic journals such as Slavery & Abolition, The Journal of African American History, The Journal of Haitian Studies, Modern Intellectual History, and Diplomatic History as well as in popular outlets including GQ, and ESPN’s Andscape.
Currently, I am completing several research projects including a biography of the U.S. Black emigrationist Benjamin “Pap” Singleton.
In addition to my research and teaching, I am a co-editor of Modern Intellectual History and a co-editor of the “Black Lives and Liberation” series published by Vanderbilt University Press

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