I’m a Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Florida International University, and formerly a dissertation fellow at The Ohio State University’s Center for Historical Research. Check out my CV to learn more.


My book manuscript in progress, titled To Make the Wounded Whole: the Political Culture of African American AIDS Activism, 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. As part of that research, 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.


The emphasis on digital, publicly engaged scholarship that informs my research also characterizes my teaching. In history survey courses, my students work in small groups to build web exhibits on topics of their choosing. You can view examples of these exhibits on my teaching page. In fall 2014, students in my Introduction to Digital Humanities class worked together on a web platform for the Staring Out to Sea Oral History Project, a set of interviews conducted by students at Kean University about Hurricane Sandy in northern New Jersey. Work on that project is ongoing, as several students have stayed on in an independent study capacity to continue building out the site. Additionally, my Academia.edu page contains sample syllabi, assignments, and lesson plans, as well as my teaching statement and diversity statement.

Public Engagement

I contribute regularly to Vitae, the academic jobs web portal from Chronicle of Higher Ed, as well as to NOTCHES: (Re)Marks on the History of Sexuality. Additionally, I serve as the Oral History Editor for OutHistory. I also have tumblr on “analog humanities,” which explores the boundaries of the “digital” in the digital humanities. I host online writing groups on my personal blog 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. Follow me on Twitter @danroyles, and keep up to date with news on HIV/AIDS in black America @blackaidshist.


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