I’m an 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, To Make the Wounded Whole: the Political Culture of African American AIDS Activism, is under advance contract with the Justice, Power, and Politics series at UNC Press. In the book, I examine grassroots responses to the disproportionate impact of HIV and AIDS on black communities, and bring 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 Black PerspectivesNOTCHES: (Re)Marks on the History of Sexuality, Nursing Clio, Public Seminar, and Process History. Additionally, I serve as the Book Review Editor for the Committee on LGBT History newsletter and on the editorial board for OutHistory. I also have a couple of tumblrs, including one for my graduate course on race and memory in the United States and one on “analog humanities,” which explores the boundaries of the “digital” in the digital humanities. In the past I have hosted online writing groups on my personal blog. 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.



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  1. Hi Mr. Royles,

    My name is Josh Fine and I’m an Assistant Principal in Maryland and adjunct professor for McDaniel College. I teach a graduate course called ” The Foundations for Social Justice Teaching” to educators in Montgomery County Public Schools. I would love to assign your piece entitled “Race, Homosexuality, and the AIDS Epidemic” as it perfectly examines intersectionality and the relationship between sexuality and race. I’m curious how I can formally ask for permission to use this article. Thank you and wonderful work!

    Joshua Fine

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