Dr. Tyler D. Parry

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, Tyler D. Parry obtained his BA in History at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2008. After graduating UNLV, he completed his PhD in History from the University of South Carolina (2014). Parry is currently an Assistant Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His research examines slavery, the African diaspora, and the historical memory of slavery in the United States. Parry is the author of Jumping the Broom: The Surprising Multicultural Origins of a Black Wedding Ritual, published with the University of North Carolina Press in November 2020. His work appears in various peer-reviewed academic journals and popular magazines and newspapers, including the Journal of African American History, American Studies, The Washington Post, Jacobin, and The Journal of Global Slavery, among others. Parry’s article, “Married in Slavery Time: Jumping the Broom in Atlantic Perspective,” published in the Journal of Southern History (2015), won the prestigious Zora Neale Hurston Prize awarded by the American Folklore Society. Additionally, he serves as the Senior Editor of the award-winning blog Black Perspectives, and is Vice President of the African American Intellectual History Society.