Department of History

Cordelia Brazile

  • Graduate Student

Before enrolling at Pitt in Fall 2016, I earned my BA in history at Rice University, where I completed an honors thesis that explored the construction of gender in labor negotiations between Major League Baseball and a players’ union in the 1910s. I completed my master’s degree at the University of Pittsburgh in Spring 2018, in which I compared the role of academic education in the development of youth soccer academies in the United States and Britain. I am currently a fourth-year graduate student conducting research for my dissertation on the implementation of Title IX at historically black and historically white universities in the 1970s and 80s. 

Broadly, I am interested in how sport history can shed lights on questions of opportunity and advancement, in the intersection of sport and education. I am also interested in the use of digital humanities to add more quantitive information to these inquiries, in the form of GIS and database analysis. 


U.S. History
Sport History
Gender History
History of Higher Education

Research Interests

My current research compares the implementation of Title IX at Tennessee State University, a historically black university, and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, a historically white university. Though Title IX has undoubtedly fueled progress in women’s sports at the collegiate level and beyond, it has predominantly benefitted whiter, wealthier participants. Through the comparison of Tennessee State and Tennessee, I explore the dynamics of race and class at play in Title IX's conception and implementation, within the larger context of the women's movement and national conversations around affirmative action.

Committee: Dr. Rob Ruck (advisor), Dr. Laura Lovett, Dr. Molly Warsh, and Dr. Christopher Phillips.