Dann Broyld is an Associate Professor in the History Department at UMass Lowell.

Daniel J. Broyld, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
History, SCORE


African American History, African Diaspora, Black Canada


  • Doctor of Philosophy, History, 19th Century United States & African Diaspora, May 2011 Howard University, Washington, D.C.
  • Masters of Arts, History, United States, May 2005 State University of New York College at Brockport, Brockport, NY.
  • Bachelor of Arts, History & Africana Studies, May 2004, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
  • Associate Degree of History, May 2002, Sage Junior College of Albany, Albany, NY


Dann j. Broyld is an associate professor of African American History at UMass Lowell. He earned his PhD in nineteenth-century United States and African diaspora history at Howard University. His work focuses on the American–Canadian borderlands and issues of Black identity, migration, and transnational relations. Broyld was a 2017-18 Fulbright Canada scholar at Brock University and his book Borderland Blacks: Two Cities in the Niagara Region During the Final Decades of Slavery (2022) is published with the Louisiana State University Press.

Selected Publications

  • Broyld, Dann J. “The Underground Railroad as Afrofuturism: Enslaved Blacks Who Imagined Freedom, Future, and Space.” in Edited Volume by Renée T. White & Karen A. Ritzenhoff, Black Panther: Afro-Futurism, Gender, Identity, and Re-Making of Blackness (Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2021), Chapter 7, pp. 127-151.
  • Broyld, Dann J. “The Power of Proximity: Frederick Douglass and His Transnational Relations with British Canada, 1847-1861.” Afro-Americans in New York Life and History Journal. Vol. 41, No. 2. (July 2020), pp. 3-34.
  • Broyld, Dann J. “The Underground Railroad as Afrofuturism: Enslaved Blacks Who Imagined A Future and Used Technology to Reach The ‘Outer Spaces of Slavery.’” Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Studies. Vol. 6, No. 3 (2019): pp. 171-184.
  • Broyld, Dann J. “‘A Success in Every Particular:’ British August First Celebrations in Canada and America and the Black Quest for Unblemished Celebrations, While Critiquing July Fourth, 1834-1861.” American Review of Canadian Studies. Vol. 47, Issue 4 (December 2017): pp. 335-356.
  • Broyld, Dann J. “‘Justice was Refused Me, I Resolved to Free Myself:’ John W. Lindsay Finding Elements of American Freedom’s in British Canada, 1805-1876.” Ontario History Journal (Vol. CIX. No.1. Spring 2017): pp. 27-59.
  • Broyld, Dann J. “From the Roots to the Maple Leaf: A Legacy Without Borders.” Transition Magazine No. 122 (2017), pp. 133-137.
  • Broyld, Dann J. “‘Over the Way’: On the Border of Canada Before the Civil War.” in Edited Volume by Paul E. Lovejoy and Vanessa S. Oliveira, Slavery, Memory, Citizenship (Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2016): Chapter 5, pp. 109-128.
  • Broyld, Dann J. “Harriet Tubman: Transnationalism and the Land of a Queen in the Late Antebellum.” The Meridians: Feminism, Race, and Transnationalism special issue: “Harriet Tubman: A Legacy of Resistance.” Vol. 12, No. 2, (November 2014): pp. 78-98.
  • Broyld, Dann J. “Fannin’ Flies and Tellin’ Lies: Black Runaways and American Tales of Life in British Canada Before the Civil War.” American Review of Canadian Studies. Vol. 44, Issue 2, (April 2014): pp. 169-186.