Hi, my name is Dan Royles. I’m a foreign language lecturer at the University of Angers in western France, and formerly a dissertation fellow at The Ohio State University’s Center for Historical Research. I recently defended my dissertation, titled “Don’t We Die Too?: the Political Culture of African American AIDS Activism,” in history at Temple University. My work examines grassroots responses to the disproportionate impact of HIV and AIDS on black communities, and brings together my interests in histories of African American life and culture, public health, sexuality, social movements, and the human body. Looking at the claims that African American AIDS activists made on government institutions, private granting agencies, and AIDS service organizations, I locate their efforts to combat the deadly epidemic in the context of much longer histories of black health activism, and the way that African Americans have framed their fight for inclusion and equality in the United States in relation to other struggles throughout the African Diaspora and global south. Along with the dissertation, I am conducting an oral history project among African American AIDS activists and building an online archive of materials relating to HIV and AIDS in African American communities. I also have tumblr dedicated to documenting and analyzing the history of the 1990s, and a personal blog where I host online writing groups throughout the year. In February 2013, I used Kickstarter to (successfully!) raise money for the African American AIDS Activism Oral History Project. Tenured Radical was kind enough to let me write about the experience on her blog. Finally, I contribute regularly to Vitae, the academic jobs web portal from Chronicle of Higher Ed. You can also find me on Academia.edu.
UPDATE (4/15/2014): The link for the African American AIDS History Project has been fixed.