Tyler D. Parry is an Assistant Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, he received a B.A. in History (summa cum laude) from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2008. He then journeyed toward the Atlantic and earned a Ph.D. in History from the University of South Carolina in 2014. His research examines slavery in the Americas, cultures in the African diaspora, the historical memory of slavery in the United States, and how oppressed populations resist state power. His first book, Jumping the Broom: The Surprising Multicultural Origins of a Black Wedding Ritual, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2020. Parry’s book is the first comprehensive examination of the “broomstick wedding,” a popular marital tradition usually associated with Black Americans. He is also co-editor with Robert Greene, II of Invisible No More: The African American Experience at the University of South Carolina, published in 2021 by the University of South Carolina Press. Parry also contributes to various journals, blogs, and newspapers, and his essays appear in publications like the Journal of African American History, the Journal of Southern History, Past and Present, Slavery and Abolition, The Washington Post, Jacobin, Black Perspectives, and the Nevada Independent, among others. Additionally, he frequently provides his expertise in both media and print journalism, having appeared in outlets like the New York Times, Washington Post, Insider, Teen Vogue, Nevada Public Radio, Telemundo, The Hill, and various local news stations in southern Nevada.
Parry is currently working on several book projects dealing with social justice and community resistance. One forthcoming book is co-authored with historian Charlton W. Yingling (University of Louisville) that examines how Europeans and Euro-Americans used canines to attack and subordinate Black people who resisted slavery and oppression. He is also currently researching the history of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, using untapped archival resources, newspaper reports, and interviews to provide a new perspective on the often-fraught history of community-police relations in Sin City. Lastly, he is writing a biographical history of the 1982 film White Dog, examining how and why this movie became the subject of intense controversy during the last two decades of the twentieth century.