Brandon R. Byrd

brandon byrdI am a recent recipient of a Ph.D. from the Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and currently an assistant professor of History at Vanderbilt University. My research specialty lies in nineteenth and early-twentieth century African-American History, particularly political culture and thought. More specifically, I am working on a book manuscript, An Experiment in Self-Government: Haiti in the African-American Political Imagination, that focuses on the ways in which leading African Americans imagined a link between Haiti’s independence and the prospects of racial progress, communal self-determination, and full citizenship in the postemancipation United States. I further explore my interests in African-American history, Haiti, and the African Diaspora as a contributor to Haiti: Then and Now ( and on twitter @bronaldbyrd. Additional information about my research and teaching can be found at