Tyran Steward

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Tyran Steward

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Office Location(s): 2637 Haven Hall
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  • Fields of Study
    • 20th century United States
    • African American
    • Black conservatism
    • Race relations
    • Sports
    • 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 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.

    Signature Courses

    Black Conservatism in the U.S. (seminar)

    Civil Rights in Detroit (seminar)

    Crossing the Color Line: Racial Passing in America (seminar)

    Race, Gender, and Sport in 20th Century America (seminar)

    Sport and the 20th Century Color Line (lecture)

    Sport and the American University (seminar)

    The Roaring Twenties and the Rough Thirties: American during the Interwar Period (lecture)

    Who Owns History? Re-imagining Minorities in Modern America (lecture)

    Selected Publications

    "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).

  • Education
    • PhD Ohio State University, 2013