Tiffany N. Florvil

Photo: Tiffany N. Florvil

Associate Professor

Phone: (505) 277-2451
Office: Mesa Vista 2080
Personal Website


Ph.D. University of South Carolina, 2013
M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007
B.A., Florida State University, 2003

Research Interests:

20th Century Europe, Germany, Gender and Sexuality, Race and Ethnicity, War and Society, Politics and Economy, Frontiers and Borderlands

Research Statement:

Professor Florvil is a historian of the modern and late modern period in Europe, especially social movements, gender and sexuality, emotions, and the African diaspora.  Her manuscript, Both Black and German: Women and the Making of a Movement, is a cultural history of the interplay of emotions, social activism, transnational feminism, and the African/Black diaspora in Germany, in which she explores the emergence of the Black German movement of the 1980s and 1990s and traces the evolution of a Black German intellectual and activist tradition inspired by Caribbean-American feminist poet Audre Lorde.  She has written several articles that revolve around the Black German movement and its transnational connections as well as gendered aspects of Black German activism. Together with Vanessa Plumly, Florvil has co-edited a volume, Rethinking Black German Studies: Approaches, Interventions and Histories with Peter Lang Press (2018).  Florvil has organized with Vanessa Plumly two German Studies Association (GSA) seminars: one entitled "Black German Studies Then and Now" in 2014 and another entitled "Political Activism in the Black European Diaspora: From Theory to Praxis" in 2015. She is the Co-Chair, along with Vanessa Plumly, Sara Lennox and Andrew Zimmerman, of the Black Diaspora Studies Network at the German Studies Association, in which she has organized numerous panels and roundtables.  She was also the Co-Chair, along with Heikki Lempa and Derek Hillard, of the Emotion Network at the German Studies Association in 2017. She also is a digital humanist, serving as the Co-Founder, Network Editor, and Advisory Board Member for H-Black-Europe and a Co-Founder and Network Editor of H-Emotions. She blogs for Black Perspectives published by the African American Intellectual History Society and also is a part of the transnational group Black Central Europe. 


Hailing from South Florida, Professor Florvil joined the Department of History in 2013 as a historian of Comparative Women's and Gender in Europe.  Her areas of interest include race and ethnicity, gender, identity formation, social and cultural movements, black internationalism, intellectualism, diasporas, and emotions.  Her familial connections to the Caribbean and experiences attending schools in Germany, Florida, Wisconsin, and the South as well as working at a research institution in London, England have informed her pedagogy, shaping how she works with diverse. 

Recent/Select Publications:

 "Distant Ties: May Ayim’s Transnational Solidarity and Activism,” in Keisha Blain and Tiffany M. Gill, eds. To Turn this Whole World Over: Black Women's Internationalism during the Twentieth Century (University of Illinois Press forthcoming 2019)

“Black German Feminists and their Transnational Connections of the 1980s and 1990s,” in

Friederike Bruehoefener, Karen Hagemann, and Donna Harsch, eds. Gendering Post-1945 Germany History: Entanglements (New York: Berghahn, 2018), chapter 10

Florvil and Plumly, eds. Rethinking Black German Studies: Approaches, Interventions and Histories (London: Peter Lang, 2018)

Guest Editor, “Introduction: Traversing the Borders of Anti-Racist and Civil Rights Activism,” Special issue, Journal of Civil and Human Rights (Summer 2018): 1-4

“Race and Intersectionality,” Forum: Feminism and German Studies, The German Quarterly, Vol. 91, No. 2 (April 2018)

“Transnational Feminist Solidarity, Black German Women, and the Politics of Belonging,” in Toyin Falola and Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso, eds. Gendering Knowledge in Africa and the African Diaspora: Contesting History and Power (London and New York: Routledge, 2017), 87-110 

“Emotional Connections: Audre Lorde and Black German Women,” in Stella Bolaki and Sabine Broeck, eds. Audre Lorde's Transnational Legacies (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2015), 135-147


Dr. Richard M. Hunt Fellowship For the Study of German Politics, Society, and Culture, American Council on Germany, 2015-2016

Faculty Research Grant, Feminist Research Institute, University of New Mexico, Spring 2014

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Graduate Research Fellowship, 2011-2012


  • Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll (capstone)
  • Western Civilization from 1648 to the Present (Undergraduate)
  • Gender and Race after Hitler (Undergraduate and Graduate)
  • Gender in the Modern World (Undergraduate)
  • Gender and Race in post-World War II Film (Undergraduate)
  • Seminar: 1968 in Global Perspective (Graduate)
  • Modern Germany