Fulbright Research Chair in Transnational Studies

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Fulbright Research Chair 2021-22 and 2019


Jason Edward Black received his Ph.D. in Rhetorical Studies from the University of Maryland (2006), his M.A in Communication from Wake Forest University (2002), and his B.S. in Legal and Political Communication from Florida State University (1998). He is currently professor of the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he focuses his scholarly and activist efforts in rhetoric and social change. Prior to arriving at Charlotte, Dr. Black worked for 11 years at the University of Alabama where he served as associate professor of Communication Studies and as the assistant dean for undergraduate studies in the College of Communication and Information Sciences.

Dr. Black’s teaching interests are centered on social change and the ways that communication is deployed in the service of providing activist tactics for change. His specific courses at the undergraduate level have included African American Rhetoric, The Rhetoric of Social Protest. Rhetoric, Race, and the Law, Native American Rhetoric, War and Protest Rhetoric, Critical Whiteness Studies, and Rhetoric and Society, among others.

His research interests involve social activism within Indigenous communities in the United States, as well as world-making tactics of LGBTQIA groups in North America. Sub-areas of study include Black liberation rhetoric, music as social change, and public memory studies.

Dr. Black serves as the Executive Director of the Carolinas Communication Association and has served in leadership roles at the National Communication Association and the Southern States Communication Association. He serves on 12 editorial boards, including the Indigenous-centered American Indian Quarterly and the American Indian Culture and Research Journal. Dr. Black is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for work on queer archives and a Waterhouse Family grant award for his work on LGBTQIA leader Harvey Milk.

Dr. Black is returning to Brock in D3 of 2021-22 and will be teaching CANA 3V92 Social Activism and Culture in Canada and the United States.  He previously visited Brock in 2019 but his stay was cut short due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Black will be conducting interviews with members of Indigenous communities in the Niagara area and in the province concerning the mascotting of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people. He will work on his book project comparing Canadian and American mascotting practices and decolonial activism while in residence at Brock.

Selected Publications

  • Mascotting America: The Controversy Over Native American Representation in Sports (University of Illinois Press, 2018). With Andrew C. Billings.
  • Decolonizing Native American Rhetoric: Communicating Self-Determination (Peter Lang, 2018). With Casey Ryan Kelly.
  • American Indians and the Rhetoric of Removal & Allotment (University Press of Mississippi, 2015).
  • An Archive of Hope: Harvey Milk’s Selected Speeches and Writings (University of California Press, 2013). With Charles E. Morris III.
  • “Here is a Strange and Bitter Crop: Emmett Till and the Rhetorical Complications of Treescape Memory,” Argumentation & Advocacy (June 2018), 1-18.
  • “A Straight Subject in Mayor Milk’s Court – Intersectionality, Archival Queering, and World Making in an LGBTQ Anthology Project,” Cultural Studies<->Critical Methodologies (Summer 2018): 1-8.
  • “We celebrate our own funeral, the discovery of America: Pathos, Promise, and Constraint in Simon Pokagon’s (Potawatomie) Resistance to the 1893 World’s Fair,” Canadian Journal of Native Studies 38:1 (2018): 165-182.
  • “The WWF’s Tatanka and the Rhetorical Complications of a Native Person Playing a Native Persona,” International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics 14:2 (2018): 173-187.
  • “Southern Generationalism and the Rhetoric of the Drive-By Truckers,” Western Journal of Communication 79:3 (2015): 283-306.

Fulbright Research Chair 2017

Dr. Dann Broyld

Daniel J. Broyld received an A.A in history from Sage Junior College of Albany (2002) and a B.A. from Hofstra University (2004). His M.A. is from SUNY Brockport (2005) and Ph.D. from Howard University (2011).  He taught at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown and Howard University and is currently an Assistant Professor at the Central Connecticut State University.

His teaching interests include public history, museum interpretation, material culture and African American and African Diaspora history. His current research interests include public support for the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument and community-museum relations as well as Black identity and migration along the American-Canadian borderlands.

Broyld serves on the Board of Trustees for the Frederick Douglass Memorial and Historical Association of Washington, D.C. and has worked with the National Park Service to interpret Harriet Tubman for the new National Monument.

Dr. Broyld will be teaching CANA 3V91 The Abolitionist Movement in Canada and America at Brock University this Fall.

Selected Publications

  • Borderland Blacks: Rochester, New York and St. Catharines, Canada West, 1800-1861, (University of Toronto Press,Forthcoming).
  • “Fannin’ Flies and Tellin’ Lies: Black Runaways and American Tales of Life in British Canada Before the Civil War,” American Review of Canadian Studies, (Forthcoming).
  • “Rochester, New York: A Transnational Community for Blacks Prior to the Civil War,” Rochester History 72, No.2. (Fall 2010): 1-23.
  • “The ‘Dark Sheep’ of the Atlantic World: Following the Transnational Trail of Blacks to Canada,” in Benjamin Talton and Quincy T. Mills, ed.s, Black Subjects: Race and Research in Africa and the Atlantic World (New York, NY: Palgrave MacMillan, 2011), 95-108.

Dr. Broyld will be accessing archival records from the Brock University Library to assist with his research on The Abolitionist Movement.