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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
Spring 2016 Office Hours: Tues/Thur, 2–3:30pm, 5–7pm
Thomas DeSaille Tucker Hall, STE 409
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:

  • Assistant Professor (tenure-track), 2011-present
  • Associate Director, Meek-Eaton Black Archives Research Center & Museum, 2011-2015
  • Director, Office of Black Diasporan Culture, 2011-2014
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, 2006-2011
  • Adjunct Instructor, 2005-2006

Research Interests:

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


Public History Publications:

Academic Book Reviews and Encyclopedia Entries:

  • We Are Who We Say We Are: A Black Family's Search for Home Across the Atlantic World by Mary Francis Berry, forthcoming Review in The History Teacher.
  • Women Warriors of the Afro-Latina Diaspora edited by Marta Moreno Vega, Marinieves Alba, and Yvette Modestin, Review in Camino Real: Estudios de las Hispanidades Norteamericanas 5, no. 8 (Spring 2014): 212-214.
  • The Jackson County War: Reconstruction and Resistance in Post-Civil War Florida by Daniel R. Weinfeld, Review in The Florida Historical Quarterly 92, no. 1 (Summer 2013): 138-141.
  • Drusilla Elizabeth Tandy Nixon,” encyclopedia entry, Handbook of African American Texas / Handbook of Texas Online, edited by Merline Pitre (Denton: Texas State Historical Association, 2013).
  • George Washington Carver: A Biography by Gary R. Kremer, Review in The Journal of Southern History 78, no. 3 (August 2012): 759-760.

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 for Rattler Nation: A Social History of Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University

University Service:

  • Member, Graduate Council
  • Member, Honorary Degrees Committee
  • Member, African Studies Minor Curriculum Committee
  • Member, Sabbatical/Professional Development Leave Committee
  • Member, African American Studies Major & Minor Curriculum Committee
  • Faculty Senator (elected), College of Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities
  • Member (elected), Executive Board, United Faculty of Florida—FAMU Chapter

off-campus Service:

  • Member, Florida Education Commissioner's Task Force on African American History
  • Book Review Editor, THE GRIOT: The Journal of African American Studies
  • Member, Southern Conference on African American Studies Advisory Board
  • Member, Petty Officer Doris “Dorie” Miller Medal of Honor National Committee
  • Judge, Arthur W. Thompson Award Committee, Florida Historical Quarterly
  • Judge, Rembert W. Patrick Award Committee, Florida Historical Society
  • Consultant, "Civil Rights in the Sunshine State" exhibition, Museum of Florida History
  • Volunteer, "Ask an Assistant Professor: What Is It Really Like?" AHA 130th Annual Meeting Career Fair, Atlanta, GA
  • Reviewer (blurb), Molefi Kete Asante, The History of Africa: The Quest for Eternal Harmony, 2nd edition (London: Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 2015)

Professional Development:

  • Florida Professional Educator’s Social Science Education Certificate
  • Higher Education Emerging Leaders Academy, National Education Association, D.C.
  • Jekyll Island Management Institute, Southeastern Museum Conference, GA
  • Summer Visiting Scholar, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ
  • Leadership Tallahassee graduate
  • Certificate in Supervisory Management, Florida Center for Public Management (near completion)
  • FAMU Graduate Faculty Status


  • Faculty Conference Travel Grant, UT—Arlington, History Department
  • Faculty Travel Grant, FAMU, Office of Academic Affairs
  • John Kinard Scholarship, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Association of African American Museums

Websites to Visit

2016 Upcoming Events…
February 10-11, African American History Task Force Annual Meeting
February 11-13, Southern Conference on African American Studies Annual Meeting

February 18-19, El Paso Museum of History and University of Texas-El Paso
February 20-21, African American Performing Arts Center, Albuquerque, NM

March 3-5, Texas State Historical Association Annual Meeting
March 16-19, National Council for Black Studies Annual Meeting
March 23-24, University of Texas-Arlington
March 28-April 3, NEA Higher Education Conference

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

“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