Dr. Brandon Byrd, Associate Professor of History, Vanderbilt University is a historian of nineteenth and twentieth century Black intellectual and social history, with a special focus on Black internationalism. His book, The Black Republic: African Americans and the Fate of Haiti (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019), recovers a crucial and overlooked chapter of Black internationalism and political thought by exploring the ambivalent attitudes that Black intellectuals in the post-Civil War era held toward Haiti.
Dr. Byrd's scholarship has appeared in journals such as The Journal of African American History, Slavery and Abolition, and The Journal of Haitian Studies, and in popular outlets, including The Washington Post.
In addition to his research and teaching, Dr. Byrd is a co-editor of the Black Lives and Liberation series published by Vanderbilt University Press.
A native of North Carolina, Dr. Byrd earned his BA from Davidson College, an MA in History from the College of William & Mary, and a PhD in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.