Brian Campbell

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Contact Information

History, 309 Gregory Hall
810 S. Wright Street
M/C 466
Urbana, IL 61801

Research Interests

African American/Diaspora
Comparative Sport and Race
United States in the World
Latin America

Research Description

My dissertation, "Beyond the Boundaries: Race, Sport, and Citizenship Abroad in the Black Press, 1920-1950," shows how African American sportswriters and journalists documented the migration of African American baseball players to Latin America in the first half of the twentieth-century. Between 1920 and 1950, hundreds of African American ballplayers traveled to nations like Cuba and Mexico in search of better pay and improved working conditions. Meanwhile, sportswriters and editors ascribed meaning to the athletes’ movement in newspapers and magazines. Through columns, op-eds, photographs, and box scores, the black press transformed the sports pages into a dynamic site of citizenship politics and more importantly, as a forum to discuss race in an international context. Journalists noted greater access to accommodations, highlighted celebrity status, and lauded athletic achievement abroad to show how African American sportsmen could thrive in societies absent of Jim Crow’s color line.


BA, The Ohio State University at Lima, 2011
MA, The University at Buffalo, SUNY, 2013


Career Diversity Fellow, The American Historical Association, 2018-2019
CLACS Graduate Student Professional Development Fellowship, 2017
Dissertation Research Fellowship, Department of History - UIUC, 2017
Summer Pre-Dissertation Research Grant, Department of History - UIUC, 2016
Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, 2014

Awards and Honors

List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017

Courses Taught

HIST 100 - Global History: Making of the Modern World, 1500-2000, Summer 2018