Thomas L Bynum, Ph.D.
 Title: Director & Associate Professor
Associate Professor of History
 Dept: Black Studies
 Office: BH 137
 Phone: 216-523-7211
 Fax: 216-687-5446
 Email: t.l.bynum@csuohio.edu
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. BH 137, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Civil Rights, Student/Youth Activism, Antiwar Protest, Black Power, Black Protest Tradition
 
Education:
Ph.D., African American History and American South, Georgia State University
 
Brief Bio:
I am the director of the Black Studies Program and associate professor of History at Cleveland State University. I teach introductory and upper division classes in Black Studies and History. My research and teaching areas include African American History with emphasis on the civil rights movement, youth activism, and anti-war protests.

My first book project, NAACP Youth and the Fight for Black Freedom, 1936-1965, which examined the activism of the NAACP youth councils and college chapters, was published by University of Tennessee Press in 2013. My book was also recognized by Choice and nominated for the Lillian Smith Book Award in 2014. Additionally, I have peer-reviewed publications in scholarly journals, including the Journal of African American History, Journal of Southern History, Georgia Historical Quarterly, and the Alabama Review.

I am currently working on a second book project, which examines the political activism of the Young Turks (young middle-class professionals) and their goal to steer the NAACP towards Black Power and wrest power from the organization's old guard (like Roy Wilkins) during the 1960s. The book is tentatively titled: New Guard versus Old Guard: Young Turks, Black Power, and the NAACP.
 
Honors and Awards:
Student Impact Award, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Middle Tennessee State University, 2016.

Samuel H. Shannon Distinguished Scholar, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN, 2015.

Outstanding Advisor Award, College of Liberal Arts, Middle Tennessee State University, 2014

Lillian Smith Book Award Nominee, 2014.

Geier Dissertation Fellowship, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN, 2006- 2007.

Southern Regional Education Board Dissertation Fellowship, Atlanta GA, 2006-2007.

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Scholar, Harvard University W. E. B. Du Bois Civil Rights Institute, Cambridge, MA, 2006.
 
Research Interests:
African American History, Civil Rights Movement, Youth Activism, and Anti-war Protest
 
Professional Affiliations:
Association for the Study of African American Life and History

National Council of Black Studies

Southern Historical Association

Organization of American Historians
 
Professional Service:
Manuscript Reviewer:

Journal of Southern History, 2015 and 2017.

The Black Scholar Journal, 2017.

Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group, 2016.

Freedom on My Mind, St. Martins and Bedford Press, 2016.

American Studies Journal, 2015.

University of Tennessee Press, 2014.

Journal of American History, 2014.

The American Union, 1789-1848, Prentice Hall, 2014.

American Promise, St. Martins and Bedford Press, 2002.

Created Equal, Longman Publishing Company, 2001.
 
Research Grants:
"Building Bridges and Eradicating Barriers": How Mentoring Relationships Increase Minority Students Enrollment and Retention, $25,000 grant funded by the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN; 2009.