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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 (tenured), 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

Courses Taught:

  • African American Experience
  • African American History, 1865-present
  • African History, 19th & 20th Centuries
  • Afro-Latin America
  • Blackness and National Identity Formation in Puerto Rico
  • Blacks, Mass Incarceration, and the Police
  • Contemporary Problems: Modern Afro-Latin America & Caribbean
  • Introduction to African American History
  • Introduction to African American Studies
  • Introduction to Professional Development
  • Latin American History
  • Malcolm X (Omowale): Life, Impact, and Legacy
  • Teaching Social Studies
  • United States History, 1865-present


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

Refereed/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): 82-96.
  • “The Making of a Political Activist,” The Griot 35, no. 1 (Spring 2017): 29-46.

Public History Publications:

Research in Progress:


  • 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 FAMU "Teacher of The Year," (nominated/runner-up among a faculty of 545)

Community Service:

  • Chair, Beautification Committee, Providence Neighborhood Association
  • Board Member, Providence Neighborhood Association Redevelopment Corporation
  • Board Member, Petty Officer Doris “Dorie” Miller Medal of Honor National Committee
  • 3rd Party Voter Registration Organization, FL Dept. of State, Division of Elections

University Service:

  • Member, Graduate Council
  • Faculty Adviser, NAACP at FAMU
  • Member, Honorary Degrees 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
  • Member, FAMU Graduate Feeder Conference Planning Committee
  • Member, National Voter Registration Day, Strike the Vote, Power of the Vote initiative
  • Flag Bearer, Commencement Ceremony, School of Graduate Studies/Research
Professional Service:
  • Vice President, Tallahassee Historical Society
  • Book Review Editor, THE GRIOT: The Journal of African American Studies
  • Reviewer (blurb), Molefi K. Asante, The History of Africa (London: Routledge, 2015)
  • Member, Florida Education Commissioner's Task Force on African American History
  • Consultant, "Civil Rights in the Sunshine State" exhibition, Museum of Florida History
  • 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