Douglas Bristol, Ph.D.

Douglas Bristol is an associate professor of History at the University of Southern Mississippi.  In 2002, he received his Ph.D. with distinction from the University of Maryland, where he studied under Ira Berlin.  He is a scholar of the African American experience and race relations.  He has been awarded post-doctoral fellowships from the Smithsonian, Duke University, and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library. He was one of the two faculty members at the University of Southern Mississippi nominated for the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend in 2013. In his first book, Knights of the Razor: Black Barbers in Slavery and Freedom (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), Bristol examined the relationship between black barbers and the prosperous white men whose throats they shaved with straight-edged razors from the colonial period to the Great Migration.  He is currently working on his next book, “A Coming Revolution: Civil Rights Struggles in the U.S. Military during World War II.

Read Dr. Bristol's Knights of the Razor: Black Barbers in Slavery and Freedom (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009) quoted extensively in The Atlantic magazine.

Current Bristol CV [PDF].