Tyran Steward

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Tyran Steward

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Office Location(s): 2637 Haven Hall
tyrankai@umich.edu
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  • Fields of Study
    • African American social history, Black conservatism, race relations, sports, 20th-century US History, women and gender
  • About

    Tyran Steward is a historian of African American and modern U.S. history, with a particular interest in American political and social history. He completed his PhD at Ohio State University under the generous support of several fellowships and grants, including the Presidential Fellowship. His first book, tentatively titled "The Benching of Willis Ward: The Making of a Black Conservative in the Jim Crow North," is a study of black conservatism and race relations through the lens of sport. It analyzes the 1934 benching of Willis Ward and exposes the racialized social order maintained in the North during the 20th Century. In addition to examining sport as a contested site of inclusion and exclusion, this book enriches the American race relations historiography by stressing the limits of northern racial liberalism. Lastly, this study elucidates how Ward’s benching shaped his career and conservative politics, specifically when he directed company hiring practices at the Ford Motor Company.

    Steward is presently engaged in a project that thematically examines the life of Herbert Adolphus Miller, a scholar of the early 20th century whose global activism earned him both international acclaim and aversion. Steward will probe Miller's controversial firing as a tenured professor and ensuing academic freedom case. His proposed book will pursue these themes while also permitting Miller to be situated within a broader historical narrative that will address such topics as citizenship, colonialism, communism, immigration, race, state regulation, and women's rights from the end of Reconstruction to the early years of the Cold War. Steward also has begun research on Paul Revere Williams, the famed African American architect in Los Angeles whose building credits include the Beverly Hills Hotel, LAX Theme Building, Saks Fifth Avenue (Beverly Hills), and the St. Jude Hospital (Memphis). Williams also built private homes for Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball, Bert Lahr, and Frank Sinatra, and a host of other Hollywood icons during an era of restrictive covenants and other segregationist housing practices. Though in its early stages, this project will likely probe black conservative politics, race relations, and urban housing policies and practices in the American West from the turn of the century through the post civil rights period.

    Signature Courses

    History 197: Sport and the American University (seminar)
    History 230: Sport and the Color Line (lecture)
    History 230:  The Roaring Twenties and the Rough Thirties: America during the Interwar Period (lecture)
    History 496: Black Power (seminar)
    History 497: Race, Gender, and Sport in 20th Century America (seminar)

    Articles

    "Time Not Ripe: Black Women's Quest for Citizenship and the Battle for Full Inclusion at Ohio State University." Ohio History, vol. 121 (2014).

    "The Unfinished Struggle: Civil Rights in the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington." Origins (August 2013).

  • Education
    • PhD Ohio State University, 2013