History Department
History Department

Brandon James Render


Brandon James Render

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Interests


Twentieth-Century U.S. Social and Intellectual History; Race and Public Policy; Post-1945 Social/Intellectual Movements; the Black Intellectual/Radical Tradition

Biography


Brandon James Render is a PhD student in the Department of History at the University of Texas-Austin. He completed his B.A. in History and Social Studies at Western Kentucky University in 2011 and M.A. at Eastern Kentucky University in 2015.

His dissertation, "Color-Blind University: Race and Higher Education in the Twentieth-Century," traces the development and evolution of racial color-blindness through admissions processes, institution-building, and curriculum design. Through the examination of organizational records, university policies, and legal records, his dissertation argues that racial color-blindness developed out of a misreading of the civil rights movement. "Color-Blind University" uses higher education to describe the broader intellectual shift that resulted in racial color-blindness becoming the dominant ideology of race within various American institutions.

In addition to serving as a Teaching Assistant in the History Department, Render is a Graduate Fellow at the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy and a Supplemental Instruction Leader.