Bard Faculty

Myra Young Armstead

Professor of History, Director of Africana Studies

Primary Academic Program: Historical Studies

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Africana Studies, American Studies, Environmental and Urban Studies

Academic Expertise: Historical Studies

Area of Specialization: United States, 19th century, social, cultural, African American and Africana Studies, urban


B.A., Cornell University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago. Specialization: U.S. social and cultural history, with emphasis on urban and African American history. Fellowships: Danforth-Compton, Josephine de Karman, University of Chicago Trustees, and New York State African-American Research Institute. Frederick Douglass Award, Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History (Sullivan County, New York, chapter). Author of Freedom's Gardener: James F. Brown, Horticulture, and the Hudson Valley in Antebellum America (2012); Mighty Change, Tall Within: Black Identity in the Hudson Valley (2003); "Lord, Please Don't Take Me in August": African Americans in Newport and Saratoga Springs (1999). Speaker in the Humanities, New York Council for the Humanities (2003–11). Member, New York Academy of History (since 2006). At Bard since 1985.

Research Interests: African American

Teaching Interests: same as above

Other Interests: same as above


Phone: 845-758-7235