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. His first book, Knights of the Razor: Black Barbers in Slavery and Freedom, was reissued in paperback in 2015 by The Johns Hopkins University Press.  In it, Bristol examines 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 co-editor of Integrating the U.S. Military: Race, Gender, and Sexuality, which will be published by The Johns Hopkins University Press in April, 2017.  He is currently working on his next book, The Black Greatest Generation: African American Men and Women in Uniform during World War II.

Read Dr. Bristol's Knights of the Razor (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010) Learn more about this book.

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