Joshua B. Guild is an assistant 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.
Professor Guild is currently completing his first book, tentatively entitled Shadows of the Metropolis: Urban Space and the Transformation of Black Communities in Postwar New York and London. It is a comparative examination of black communities in central Brooklyn, where there were large numbers of Caribbean immigrants interacting with African-Americans, and the Notting Hill area of west London where there was an influx of Caribbean immigrants interacting with native Britons. The book focuses on the evolution of these communities against the backdrop of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, issues of police brutality and racial violence, and the role of Caribbean carnival in both cities.
Professor Guild teaches courses on the civil rights era, memory and African American history, African American urban history, and the making of the modern African diaspora.
"To Make That Someday Come: Shirley Chisholm's Radical Politics of Possibility," in Want to Start a Revolution?: Radical Women in the Black Freedom Struggle, Dayo F. Gore, Jeanne Theoharis, and Komozi Woodard, eds. (New York University Press, 2009).
“Metropolitan Migrations, Diasporic Spaces, and the Black World Remade,” Maroon: The Yale Journal of African-American Studies (May 2006).
Work In Progress:
Article: "Imagining New Orleans: Using Memory to Reflect on the Future" (with Andrew Horowitz