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

Will Guzmán

Assistant ProfessorHistory and African-American Studies
Associate Director
MeekEaton Southeastern Regional Black Archives Research Center & Museum

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

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

Office:     Meek–Eaton Black Archives Research Center and Museum
                445 Gamble Street, STE 129
                Tallahassee, FL 32307

Phone: (850) 412-5450          Emailwill.guzman@famu.edu

What can I do with a degree in African American Studies?

Why Study History?

Upcoming Events:

Created Equal Film SeriesSlavery by Another Name, Tallahassee, FL April 25th at 1p.m.

Volunteer for 2015 Florida History Fair, Tallahassee, FL May 3rd–5th

FL African American Heritage Preservation Network 2015 Biennial Statewide Conference, Tallahassee, FL May 18th–20th

Florida Historical Society 2015 Annual Meeting & Symposium, St. Augustine, FL May 22nd–24th

2015 Caribbean Studies Association Conference, New Orleans, LA May 25th–29th

George Washington University and Smithsonian Affiliations 2nd annual leadership 
2015 Museum Leadership Seminar for museum professionals, Washington, D.C., June 18th & 19th

Sign-up for FAMU’s Graduate Feeder Scholars Program in the School of Graduate Studies & Research

Courses Taught:

  • AFA-2000 Introduction to African American Studies
  • AFA-3104 The African American Experience
  • AFH-4200  African History, 19th and 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
  • 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 Miscellaneous Publications:

  • 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.
  • Dr. Lawrence A. Nixon Historical Marker, no. 13853 located at 3231 E. Wyoming Avenue, El Paso, TX (Texas Historical Commission: El Paso Community Foundation, 2003).
  • Landmarks and Legacies: A Guide to Tallahassee’s African American Heritage, 1865-1970, with Tameka Bradley Hobbs (Tallahassee: John G. Riley House Museum, 2000).

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.

 Research Interests:

  • Racial Violence in the Americas
  • Blacks in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • African American History, 1865-present
  • Afro-Latinas/os in the United States, 1865-present
  • United States History, 1865-present


Professional Service:  Departmental and University Service – selected

  • Member, FAMU Honorary Degrees Committee, 2013-2015
  • Member, FAMU Executive Board, United Faculty of Florida, 2014-2015
  • Member, FAMU Sabbatical/Professional Development Leave Committee, 2014-15.
  • Special Assistant (appointed), FAMU Faculty Senate, 2014-2015.
  • Faculty Senator (elected), FAMU College of Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities, 2014-2016.
  • Member, FAMU Black History Month Convocation Committee, 2006–2013.
  • Coordinator, FAMU QEP Plan, SACS reaccreditation, 2009–2013.
  • Evaluator, FAMU Critical Thinking Assessment Test (CAT) Committee, 2009–2013.
  • Lead Organizer, Dr. Darlene Clarke Hine address, FAMU Women’s History Month, 2011.
  • Faculty Advisor, Students for a Sensible Drug Policy, UTEP, 2001–2002.

Professional Service:  off-campus/non-university

Grants / Scholarships:

  • Faculty Conference Travel Grant ($600), UT—Arlington History Department, Spring 2015.
  • Faculty Travel Grant ($1,500), FAMU Office of Academic Affairs, Spring 2015.
  • John Kinard Scholarship ($1,500), Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture and the Association of African American Museums, January 2014.
  • Faculty Travel Grant ($1,150), FAMU Office of Academic Affairs, Spring and Fall 2013.
  • Faculty Research Awards ($4,000), FAMU School of Graduate Studies & Research, Spring 2012.

Professional Development:

  • FL Professional Educator’s Social Science Education Certificate, 1999-2019.
  • FL Humanities Council, Finding Florida in Spain seminar, June 12-20, 2014.
  • Jekyll Island Management Institute, Southeastern Museum Conference, January 21-28, 2014.
  • Summer Visiting Scholar, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ, 2010.
  • Leadership Tallahassee, 2006-2007.

 “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
quote found in Nationalist (Tanzania), 17 December 1969