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

Will Guzmán

Assistant Professor, History and African American Studies
Ph.D., University of Texas–El Paso

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

 Meek–Eaton Black Archives Research Center and Museum
 445 Gamble Street, STE 129
 Tallahassee, FL 32307
 (850) 412-5450

What can I do with a degree in African American Studies

Why Study History

Research Interests:

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

Courses Taught:

  • AFA-2000 Introduction to African American Studies
  • AFA-3104 The African American Experience
  • AFA-3930 Afro-Latin America
  • 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
  • UNIV-1301 Blackness and National Identity Formation in Puerto Rico (at UTEP)


Book Reviews, Encyclopedia Entries, and other Publications:

Research in Progress…

  • “Toledo’s Drusilla E. Tandy: An Adventurous Life” (journal article)
  • 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,” book chapter with E. Murell Dawson, Rattler Nation: A Social History of Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University

Professional Service:  Departmental and University Service – selected

  • Associate Director, MeekEaton Southeastern Regional Black Archives Research Center & Museum, 2011-2014
  • Director, Office of Black Diasporan Culture, Florida A&M University, 2011-2014
  • Member (elected), FAMU Executive Board, United Faculty of Florida, 2014-present
  • Member, FAMU Honorary Degrees Committee, 2013-present
  • Faculty Senator (elected), FAMU College of Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities, 2014-2016
  • Special Assistant (appointed), FAMU Faculty Senate, 2014-2015
  • Member, FAMU Sabbatical/Professional Development Leave Committee, 2014-2015
  • Coordinator, QEP Plan, SACS reaccreditation, FAMU, 2009–2013
  • Evaluator, Critical Thinking Assessment Test (CAT) Committee, FAMU, 2009–2013
  • Member, Black History Month Convocation Committee, FAMU, 2006–2013
  • Occasion, FAMU Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation, Keynote Speaker: California 43rd congressional district Congresswoman Maxine Waters, 23 January 2012
  • Member, Adjunct Faculty Syllabus & Evaluation Committee, Department of History, FAMU, 2009–2011
  • Lead Organizer, Dr. Darlene Clarke Hine address, FAMU Women’s History Month, 2011
  • Member, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Committee, FAMU, 2010–2011
  • Member, General Education Assessment Committee (GEAC), Florida A&M University, 2009–2011
  • Occasion, FAMU Black History Month Convocation, Keynote Speaker: Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Peggy Quince, 20 February 2009
  • Reader, Faculty Assessment Scoring Team, GEAC, College of Arts & Sciences, FAMU, 2006-2007
  • Faculty Advisor, Students for a Sensible Drug Policy, UTEP, 2001–2002

Professional Service:  off-campus/non-university

Grants / Scholarships:

Professional Development:

Websites to Visit

Upcoming Events…

2015 Centennial Annual Conference, Association for the Study of African American Life & History, Atlanta, GA Sept. 23rd-27th

The 6th Annual National African/Black Psychology Conference, November 6-7, 2015

2016 Annual Meeting, Southern Conference on African American Studies, February 11th-13th

Petitions to sign...

Support Historically Black Colleges and Universities!

Award Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously to Messman Attendant Second Class Dorie Miller


FAMU Foundation Brick Campaign

Educate Haiti Now!


United Nations, 2015 Fellowship Programme for People of African Descent, June 1st

Graduate Feeder Scholars Program

FAMU Junkanoo Rhythm Rushers Scholarship

Investigative Reporting  /  Studies  /  Reports

The War Comes Home: The Excessive Militarization of American Policing

Take and Give: The Crimes & Philanthropy of Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs & JP Morgan Chase

Afro-Latinos in Latin America and Considerations for U.S. Policy

Lifting as We Climb: Women of Color, Wealth, and America’s Future

Black Male Student Success in Higher Education

Black Male Student-Athletes and Racial Inequities in NCAA Division I College Sports

Geographies of Opportunity: Ranking Well-Being by Congressional District

Racial Bias, Even When We Have Good Intentions

Study: Even for college-educated Blacks, road to full-time work is rocky


"The Troubled Origins of American Policing"

The Ghost of Cornel West

The Case for Reparations


A Decade Dedicated to People of African Descent

This Is What It Means To Be Afro-Latino

Caribbean Nations to Seek Reparations, Putting Price on Damage of Slavery

Reparation for Colonialism

Forgiveness for Haiti? We should be begging theirs

Ferguson isn’t about Black rage against cops. It’s white rage against progress

Trouble in Pill Hill: The effect of gangs on a middle-class South Side family

Race-blind admissions: White privilege is too often ignored in movies and in life

More police, more arrests, more fear

Can the Black middle class survive?

Watchdog Group Slams Wells Fargo For Ties To Private Prison Industry

Wells Fargo Corporate Rap Sheet

15 Major Corporations You Never Knew Profited from Slavery 

“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