Joshua Guild

Associate Professor, History and African American Studies
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Ph.D., African-American Studies and History, Yale University
B.A., Wesleyan University


Joshua B. Guild is an associate professor who specializes in 20th Century African-American history, with a particular focus on urban communities and the making of modern African diaspora.  Professor Guild’s dissertation compared African-American and Caribbean migration and politics in the formation of two black communities in post-World War II New York and London. He is currently working on a book based on his dissertation. He joined the faculty of the Department of History and the Center for African American Studies in the fall of 2006.

Professor Guild is a native of Boston and received a Ph.D. from Yale University in African-American Studies and History and a B.A. from Wesleyan University where he graduated with honors. He has received several fellowships and awards including a Fox International Fellowship that enabled him to study at Cambridge University in 2003 and a Chavez/Eastman/Marshall Dissertation Fellowship at Dartmouth College from 2005 to 2006. He also received fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. Most recently, he has been the recipient of a Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty and a residential fellowship from the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University.