Tyler D. Parry

Assistant Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies
Expertise: Slavery, African American Culture, African Diaspora, African American Social Movements


Tyler D. Parry is an expert on colonization of the Americas, the African diaspora, and the historical memory of slavery in the United States. 

Parry is a historian who researches African American culture, the transatlantic slave trade throughout the Western Hemisphere, and African American resistance and social movements.

His work has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, newspapers, and popular magazines, including the Journal of African American History, Past and Present, Journal of Southern History, American Studies, Journal of Global Slavery, History Today, Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Griot's Republic, Jacobin, Black Perspectives, and The Washington Post.


  • Ph.D., Slavery; African Diaspora; Slave Marriage and Family Life, University of South Carolina
  • M.A., Slavery and African Diaspora, University of South Carolina
  • B.A., History, UNLV

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Tyler D. Parry In The News

September 23, 2020
Party City is pulling Confederate-themed Halloween costumes after a mother and her two Black children discovered them in a Virginia store.
Washington Post
September 2, 2020
In Salt Lake City, police officers set a dog on 36-year-old Jeffrey Ryans after responding to a call that he was arguing with his wife. Body-cam footage shows officers cornering him as he exited his backyard, demanding that he “get on the ground” and warning that if he didn’t, he was “going to get bit!” This threat set the stage for the spectacle of violence that soon followed as the officers encouraged the dog to attack a compliant Ryans, mangling his leg for 50 seconds. The animal’s only job in this scenario was to debase, violate and humiliate a Black man the officers presumed to be guilty.
Washington Post
August 31, 2020
Everyone loves Chasten Buttigieg, who was briefly in contention to become the nation’s first first gentleman. His Twitter feed, with more than 447,000 followers, helped him become Pete Buttigieg’s “not-so-secret public-relations weapon,” as he was described in a profile for this newspaper. Now, six months after the historic campaign of “Mayor Pete” for the Democratic presidential nomination came to an end, Chasten’s memoir, “I Have Something to Tell You,” is being published.
Parents Magazine
August 28, 2020
As the U.S. faces a reckoning on racial injustice, people from coast to coast are taking to the streets to protest the killing and injury of unarmed Black people at the hands of police officers. This surge of activism has ignited calls for government to rethink law enforcement in our country. In turn, "defund the police" has quickly become a hot button phrase.

Articles Featuring Tyler D. Parry

Campus NewsSeptember 15, 2020
UNLV takes on another school semester with precaution and discovery.
A drawng of hands with hearts on the palms raised in the air
Campus NewsAugust 27, 2020
African American Studies professors say ridding the classroom of racism begins with self-reflection.
A portrait of UNLV's new president Keith Whitfield on campus.
Campus NewsAugust 10, 2020
As summer heats up, so do the accomplishments on UNLV’s campus.
A UNLV banner on campus.
Campus NewsJuly 2, 2020
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