Bryan Giemza, Ph.D., J.D.
Bryan Giemza, Ph.D., J.D., is an Associate Professor of Humanities and Literature in the Honors College, having joined the faculty in 2019. In addition to his teaching and research he serves as public scholar for the Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community and the Natural World. Before coming to Texas Tech he was Director of the Southern Historical Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Bryan is an interdisciplinary teacher and thinker whose courses span American studies, literature, and history. For example, his course, “In Search of Texas Beauty,” invites students to recover the natural, literary, and human history of Texas apples. Bryan's teaching has been recognized by the State Council of Higher Education's Outstanding Faculty Award, deemed “the Commonwealth's highest honor for faculty.”
He is author or an editor of six academic books on American literary and cultural history, ten book chapters, and more than thirty published articles and reviews. His publication record documents wide-ranging research interests in American history and literature, with articles on topics ranging from Cherokee literacy and women's religious orders during the Civil War to chirality (handedness and a/symmetry) in Cormac McCarthy's novels. His passion for writing that brings interdisciplinary scholarly curiosity to broad audiences is reflected in multiple writing awards and fellowships. A recent finalist for the Doris Betts Prize in Fiction, Bryan has served as an editor for DocSouth Books from UNC Press. He is author of the literary history, Irish Catholic Writers and the Invention of the American South, which received the South Atlantic Modern Language Association's Studies Award, as well as Images of Depression-Era Louisiana: The FSA Photographs of Ben Shahn, Russell Lee, and Marion Post Wolcott (2017). He is currently researching Rosenwald fellows and working on a novel set in eastern North Carolina.
As principal investigator of grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities, among others, he has led a variety of public humanities projects concerning the history and culture of the U.S. South. Bryan is deeply invested in promoting community engaged scholarship and participatory research, and received the Bryan Service Award in 2018 for his work on an exchanged-based archives project called “Maya from the Margins.” His “Archivist in a Backpack” kit has attracted global interest. Bryan helped to develop, and continues to works closely with, the San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum.