Daryle Williams is lead editor of The Rio de Janeiro Reader: Politics, History, Culture (Duke University Press, 2015). Single-author publications include Culture Wars in Brazil: The First Vargas Regime, 1930-1945 (Duke, 2001), winner of the American Historical Association's John Edwin Fagg prize, and several articles and book chapters on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Brazilian cultural history. His current work-in-progress is "The Broken Paths of Freedom: The Free Africans of the Cezar in Nineteenth-Century Brazilian Slave Society.”
Williams has held grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Scholar Program, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship Program, and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities.
Williams currently serves as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the College of Arts and Humanities. He previously served as associate director of the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the African Diaspora.