Michael T. Barry Jr. is a historian, writer, professor, and documentary filmmaker focusing on modern American cross cultural experiences. He is currently a doctoral candidate at American University in Washington, D.C and the Managing Editor of The Activist History Review. He also teaches Modern American History at Montgomery College in Silver Spring, MD.
He earned his Bachelor's in History and Africana Studies from the College of the Holy Cross and his Master's in American and Middle Eastern History from Providence College.
Barry has worked on multiple documentary film and videography projects for acclaimed artists and institutions. He has also screened his own films at historic venues like AS220 and RISD as well as film festivals across the nation, where they have been named official selections and nominated for dozens of awards.
Barry has contributed written pieces to outlets like Truthout, The Activist History Review, Black Perspectives, The Gainesville Sun, Sport in American History, The Blackprint, and The Worcester Telegram & Gazette. He has also contributed photos and commentary to USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vice, and Reuters.
Best Feature Film, The Universal Soldier: Vietnam, Nyack Film Festival, 2016
Carter G. Woodson Award in Africana Studies Art and Scholarship, Sincerity: From X to El-Shabazz, 2014
Honorable Mention Award, U Street Contested, District Cinema Film Festival, 2018
Nominated, Best Short Documentary, U Street Contested, Clifton Film Celebration, 2018
Nominated, Best Short Documentary, U Street Contested, Shawna Shea Film Festival, 2019
Nominated, Best Short Documentary, U Street Contested, World Music and Independent Film Festival, 2018