Brandy Wells Thomas, Ph.D.


Hailing from The Ohio State University, Dr. Wells specializes in women's, African Americans', and U.S. history, emphasizing transnational activism and U.S. foreign relations.

Dr. Wells regularly teaches courses for the Africana minor including HIST 4153: African American History to 1865, HIST 4163: African American History since 1865, and HIST 4173: Black Intellectual History.

In 2022, she published "No Less Brave, No Less a Pioneer: Susie Wiseman Yergan and the Unity Home-Makers' Club in South Africa" in the Journal of African American History. She also published a book chapter in the edited volume, Ideology and U.S. Foreign Policy: New Histories (Columbia University Press).

She has a forthcoming article in the Journal of Civil and Human Rights on Black women's activism for self-determination at the founding of the United Nations (Winter 2023).

Dr. Wells is writing her first book, which analyzes African American women's international activism for civil and human rights from the 1890s through the 1960s. Her work analyzes the anti-racist and anti-colonial agendas of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) and the National Association of Colored Women (NACW) pursued, and how these organizations communicated, cooperated, and competed in the pursuit of these goals. The book traces Black women's activism in national and international women’s and civil rights organizations, inter-governmental bodies like the United Nations, and American agencies like the U.S. State Department.

Dr. Wells is the founder and editor of the digital humanities project, Women of Black Wall Street, which debuted as part of the May 2021 commemoration of the Tulsa Race Massacre. The ongoing collaborative project allows students to participate in canon expansion while learning valuable research and digital literacy skills.

Her work has been supported by several funding agencies, including the Ford Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the International Chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood.

Dr. Wells has received several university awards for her teaching, research, and service. In 2022, she was awarded the Land Grant Award from the O.S.U. Faculty Council, Patricia A. Bell Award from O.S.U. Institutional Diversity, and the Rising Star Award from the Women's Faculty Council.



United States; African American History; Women and Gender 

Courses Taught

HIST 1103 Survey of American History
American History to 1865
American History since 1865
HIST 4153 African American History to 1865
HIST 4163 African American History since 1865
Black Women in U.S. History