Meet the Mellon Fellows: Dr. Joshua Strayhorn

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Dr. Joshua Strayhorn

Duke University
PhD, History

Host Site: Park History Program and the Office of Commemorations and Anniversaries
Fellowship Title: Freedom-seeking in the Era of the American Revolution Fellowship
Project Description: Dr. Strayhorn will conduct research on freedom-seeking during the revolutionary era, identifying possible connections between histories of African Americans escaping bondage and Indigenous peoples.


Joshua Strayhorn is a historian of the 19th century United States. His research interests include African American history, specifically Emancipation, Reconstruction, and migration. His dissertation examined race, religion, and migration in post-emancipation North Carolina, asking what were the political, economic, social, religious factors that contributed to black migration. In 2022, he was awarded the Charlotte W. Newcombe Dissertation Completion fellowship. 

Joshua is also digital humanist with experience in digital projects across the field of history and experience in curriculum development. Before starting his postdoctoral fellowship, Joshua gained valuable experience working with various academic organizations throughout the United States, including the Zinn Education Project, JSTORLabs, and the National Humanities Center. His primary focus in these roles was expanding access to the histories of underrepresented populations across the country.

Joshua completed his masters and doctoral work at Duke University. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in history from North Carolina Central University.

This project was made possible through the National Park Service by a grant from the National Park Foundation through generous support from the Mellon Foundation.
Find out more about the Mellon Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

Last updated: February 15, 2024