Frank A. Guridy is Associate Professor of History and African American Studies. He specializes in urban history, sport history, and 20th century social movements. Before his arrival to Columbia in 2016, he taught at the University of Texas at Austin for twelve years. He is the author of the award-winning, Forging Diaspora: Afro-Cubans and African Americans in a World of Empire and Jim Crow (University of North Carolina Press, 2010). He is also the co-editor of Beyond el Barrio: Everyday Life in Latino/a America (NYU Press, 2010), with Gina Pérez and Adrian Burgos, Jr. His articles have appeared in the Radical History Review, Caribbean Studies, Social Text, and Cuban Studies. His most recent essays have appeared in Kalfou, the Journal of Sport History and in the Cambridge Companion to Afro-Latin American Studies. His current research has shifted to U.S. sport and urban history, focusing on the relationship of sport to urban political economies and recreational life in the United States. He is currently at work on two book projects: Assembly in the Fragmented City: A History of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and The Athletic Revolution in Texas: Sport and Society in the Lone Star State (Under contract with the University of Texas Press)
In the fall of 2017, he began teaching a class in the Department of History entitled “Columbia 1968,” which is a seminar modeled on the successful “Columbia and Slavery” course. The seminar is designed to raise new questions, elicit curiosity, and encourage students and those interested in Columbia and Morningside Heights history to re-examine one of the most important historical events to take place in the university’s history, the history of the Black Freedom Struggle, and the anti-War movement of the 1960s.