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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:

  • Assistant Professor, History/African American Studies Dept.
  • 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 Dept.
  • Adjunct Instructor, History/African American Studies Dept.

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 July 2016).
"Breaks new ground in an area scholars have seldom tackled. Highly recommended."
-Choice (American Library Association)

"...a much-needed addition to borderlands, U.S. West, and African American scholarship..."
-West Texas Historical Review

"Will Guzmán's gracefully written biography of Dr. Lawrence A. Nixon is a valuable addition to studies of the borderlands and the political and civil rights struggles of residents in underserved communities."
-Darlene Clark Hine, author of Black Victory: The Rise and Fall of the Texas White Primary

"This well-researched book makes a major contribution to multiple fields including Black studies, Chicano studies, the civil rights movement, and the history of medicine."
-Gerald Horne, author of
Black and Brown: African Americans and the Mexican Revolution, 1910-1920

Public History Publications:

Research in Progress

  • The Black Power Movement in Florida, edited book with Kwasi Densu
  • “Toledo’s Tandy: The Adventurous Life of Drusilla E. Nixon” (journal article)
  • “The El Paso Branch of the 1923 and 1929 NAACP” (journal article)
  • "The Wiley and Meharry Education of L.A. Nixon: The Making of a Political Activist" (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


  • 2015 "Teacher of The Year," Florida A&M University (nominated and runner-up)
  • 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

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
  • Member, FAMU Way Walk Subcommittee, Blueprint 2000 Intergovernmental Agency

University Service (2006-2017):

  • Member, Graduate Council
  • Member, Honorary Degrees Committee
  • Member, Admissions Disciplinary Committee
  • Member, African Studies Minor Curriculum Committee
  • Member, Sabbatical/Professional Development Leave Committee
  • Member, Carnegie Community Engagement Classification Committee
  • Member, African American Studies Major & Minor Curriculum Committee
  • Flag Bearer, Commencement Ceremony, School of Graduate Studies and 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)


  • NEA's Higher Education Emerging Leaders Academy, Center for Organizing, Washington, D.C.
  • Florida Center for Public Management, Supervisory Management Certificate (in progress)
  • Jekyll Island Management Institute, Southeastern Museum Conference, Atlanta, GA
  • Leadership Tallahassee, Tallahassee, FL Chamber of Commerce
  • Florida Professional Educator’s Social Science Education Certificate
  • Florida Notary Public


  • Florida Historical Society
  • National Council for Black Studies
  • Texas State Historical Association
  • 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