Bard Faculty

Myra Young Armstead

Vice President for Academic Inclusive Excellence; Lyford Paterson Edwards and Helen Gray Edwards Professor of Historical 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 and cultural history, African American history, Africana studies, urban history


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). NEH Fellow/Schomburg Center Scholar-in-Residence (2014–15). At Bard since 1985.


  • Research Interests: Urban history, African American history, public history
  • Teaching Interests: Urban history, African American history, 19th- and early 20th-century social and cultural history
  • Other Interests: Church history


Phone: 845-758-7235
Location: Fairbairn
Office: 105