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 also 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

Desert Companion
July 13, 2020
On July 9, Desert Companion hosted “Every Voice: Race, Protest, and Power in Las Vegas,” a live Zoom roundtable on racial justice. How does protest translate into policy? Is defunding the police a feasible idea — or is reform more realistic? How is Las Vegas unique as it grapples with systemic racism on a local level? Panelists engaged these questions and many more.
July 7, 2020
The summer of 1990 saw a quiet riot speak volumes after Black organizations staged a boycott of Miami’s tourism industry, costing the city between $5 million and $12 million in the first three months alone. And the silence of the Black dollar was only starting to suffocate the city’s economy.
July 7, 2020
Widespread protests in the wake of the killing of George Floyd have sparked a national conversation about racial justice. In this roundtable discussion, activists, artists, policymakers, and scholars explore how that conversation is taking shape in Las Vegas. How can street rallies translate into real change?
Fox News
July 6, 2020
Calls for social justice amid the Black Lives Matter Movement has renewed focus in addressing the ignorance of the past, including the often-overlooked history of black cowboys and the significant role they played helping shape the American West.

Articles Featuring Tyler D. Parry

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Campus NewsJuly 2, 2020
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Hands of white and black people being raised in the air at a protest.
ResearchJune 22, 2020
UNLV African American and African Diaspora Studies professor Tyler D. Parry on the effectiveness of protesting to enact social change.
Protest signs read "Defund Police" and "Abolish Police"
ResearchJune 10, 2020
As more municipalities weigh the future of their police departments, UNLV professors explain what these movements mean and how they would work.