APSA Genealogical Imagination Conference: Daryle Williams

Date(s) - 10/07/2022
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Reynolds Auditorium


Daryle Williams, Associate Professor of History at the University of Maryland will be the keynote speaker for the APSA Genealogical Imagination Conference hosted at BYU.  His presentation will be Friday October 7th at 6:30 pm in the Reynolds Auditorium (1060 HBLL).

Title: Enslaved.org: A Short (Digital) History

Daryle Williams (he/him/his) serves as UC Riverside’s Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. His academic training is in Latin American history with a specialization in modern Brazil. Williams earned an undergraduate history degree and certificate in Latin American studies from Princeton University and a master’s and Ph.D. in history from Stanford University. He has been awarded grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright, the Ford and Rockefeller foundations, and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities.

From 1994 to 2021, Williams served on the History Department faculty and then Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland. At College Park, Williams also held positions as graduate studies director and associate director of the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the African Diaspora. He has been a visiting scholar at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and Stanford.

Williams’ teaching and scholarship focus on modern Latin America, especially nineteenth- and twentieth-century Brazilian history. Most recently, his research has largely involved Atlantic slavery and emancipation in Brazil, with a strong focus on the methods and tools of the digital humanities. He is editor of the Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation and has taken the lead on several collaborative initiatives about enslaved peoples’ experiences and black digital humanities, supported by more than $7 million in awards from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, among others.

With the lead support of the Mellon Foundation, his work to build the Enslaved.org online database has won widespread national media attention since it was launched on Dec. 1, 2020, including an interview on NPR and articles in National GeographicSmithsonian magazine, and the Washington Post.

Williams was also lead editor on The Rio de Janeiro Reader: Politics, History, Culture (Duke UP, 2015) and serves as Area Editor (Brazil pre-1888) on the Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography (Oxford UP). Single-author publications include Culture Wars in Brazil: The First Vargas Regime, 1930-1945 (Duke UP, 2001), winner of the American Historical Association’s John Edwin Fagg prize, and several articles and book chapters on 19th- and 20th-century Brazilian cultural and social history.

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