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 uses the 1934 benching of Willis Ward to analyze the racialized social order maintained in the North during the 20th century. In addition to examining sport as a contested site, this book reveals the limits of northern racial liberalism. This study also explores how Ward’s benching shaped his career and conservative politics, specifically during his tenure as a personnel director for the Ford Motor Company.
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)
"Baseball's Black Problem," Sport in American History (May 2015).
"Time Not Ripe: Black Women's Quest for Citizeship 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: Current Events in Historical Perspective (August 2013).