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Department of History and Political Science
515 Orr Dr.
462 Tucker Hall
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

Will Guzmán

Assistant Professor, History & African American Studies
409-Thomas DeSaille Tucker Hall
850-561-2068  /  email

“Until the Lions have their own Historians, tales of the Hunt shall always glorify the Hunter.”
Igbo Proverb

What can I do with a degree in Africana Studies?   Why Study History?


  • Ph.D., History, University of Texas–El Paso
  • M.S., Social Science Education, Florida State University
  • B.S., African American Studies (summa cum laude), Florida A&M University

FAMU positions (2005-2017):

  • Assistant Professor, History/African American Studies Department
  • Associate Director, Carrie P. Meek-James N. Eaton Southeastern Regional Black Archives Research Center and Museum
  • Director, Office of Black Diasporan Culture
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, History/African American Studies Department
  • Adjunct Instructor, History/African American Studies Department

Research Interests:

  • African American History
  • Afro-Latinas/os History
  • Caribbean & Latin American History
  • United States History

FAMU Courses Taught:

  • AFA-2000 Introduction to African American Studies
  • AFA-3104 The African American Experience
  • AFH-4200 African History, 19th & 20th Centuries
  • AMH-2020  United States History, 1865-present
  • AMH-2091 Introduction to African American History
  • AMH-3572  African American History, 1865-present
  • HIS-1921  Introduction to Professional Development
  • HIS-5209 Contemporary Problems: Modern Afro-Latin America & Caribbean
  • LAH-4130  Latin American History
  • SSE-3360 Teaching Social Studies


  • Civil Rights in the Texas Borderlands: Dr. Lawrence A. Nixon and Black Activism (University of Illinois Press, cloth 2015; paperback 2016).

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

  • “The El Paso NAACP, 1923 and 1929,Password 60, no. 3 (Fall 2016): 70-87.
  • “Toledo’s Tandy: Drusilla E. Nixon” Northwest Ohio History 84, no. 2 (Spring 2017): forthcoming.
  • “The Making of a Political Activist,” The Griot 35, no. 1 (Spring 2017): forthcoming.

Public History Publications:

Research in Progress:

  • Florida's Black Power Movement, edited book with Kwasi Densu
  • "Raymond A. Brown: Floridian, FAMUan, and Freedom Fighter" (journal article)
  • “Afro-Puerto Ricans in the United States,” with Samiri Hernández Hiraldo (online essay)
  • James N. Eaton and the Rise of Black Studies in Florida,” in Rattler Nation: A Social History of Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University


  • 2016 C. Calvin Smith Book Prize, Southern Conference on African American Studies
  • 2016 "Neighbor of the Year," City of Tallahassee and Council of Neighborhood Associations
  • 2015 "Teacher of The Year," Florida A&M University (nominated/runner-up)

Community Service (2014-2017):

  • Chair, Beautification Committee, Providence Neighborhood Association
  • Board Member, Providence Neighborhood Association Redevelopment Corporation
  • Board Member, Council on Culture and Arts (City of Tallahassee/Leon County)
  • Board Member, Petty Officer Doris “Dorie” Miller Medal of Honor National Committee
  • 3rd Party Voter Registration Organization, FL Dept. of State, Division of Elections
  • Member, FAMU Way Walk Subcommittee, Blueprint 2000 Intergovernmental Agency

University Service (2006-2017):

  • Member, 2015-2017 Graduate Council
  • Faculty Adviser, 2016 NAACP at FAMU
  • Member, 2013-2017 Honorary Degrees Committee
  • Member, 2016 Admissions Disciplinary Committee
  • Member, 2012-2015 African Studies Minor Curriculum Committee
  • Member, 2014-2016 Sabbatical/Professional Development Leave Committee
  • Member, 2016 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification Committee
  • Member, 2011-2015 African American Studies Major & Minor Curriculum Committee
  • Member, 2016-2017 FAMU Graduate Feeder Conference Planning Committee
  • Member, 2016 National Voter Registration Day, Strike the Vote, Power of the Vote initiative
  • Flag Bearer, 2015-2017 Commencement Ceremony, School of Graduate Studies/Research
Professional Service (2014-2017):
  • Vice President, Tallahassee Historical Society
  • Book Review Editor, THE GRIOT: The Journal of African American Studies
  • Member, Florida Education Commissioner's Task Force on African American History
  • Consultant, "Civil Rights in the Sunshine State" exhibition, Museum of Florida History
  • Reviewer (blurb), Molefi K. Asante, The History of Africa (London: Routledge, 2015)
  • National Council for Black Studies
  • West African Research Association (Life Member)
  • FAMU & UTEP National Alumni Associations (Life Member)
  • Association for the Study of African American Life and History
  • Southern Conference on African American Studies (Life Member)

“I trust that my use of words such as “capitalism,” “imperialism,” and “neocolonialism” will not be deemed as a cover for sinister intent. My indulgence in those terms is aimed at exposing a system which is barbarous and dehumanizing—one which snatched me from Africa in chains and deposited me in far-off lands to be a slave beast, then a sub-human colonial subject, and finally an outlaw in those lands. Under those circumstances, one asks nothing more but to be allowed to learn from, participate in, and be guided by the African Revolution in this part of the continent; for this Revolution here is aimed at destroying that monstrous system and replacing it with a just socialist society.” 
-Walter A. Rodney, Guyanese scholar, historian, and political activist
Nationalist (Tanzania), 17 December 1969