Tiffany N. Florvil

Assistant Professor

Photo: Tiffany N. Florvil

Office: Mesa Vista 2080


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.  She is currently revising her manuscript, Making a Movement: A History of Black Germans, Gender, and Belonging. Making 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 several forthcoming 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, Flovil is co-editing a forthcoming volume entitled Rethinking Black German Studies: Approaches, Interventions, and Histories under contract with Peter Lang Press.  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 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 is also the Co-Chair, along with Heikki Lempa and Derek Hillard, of the Emotion Network at the German Studies Association. 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. She served as the Director of the History Colloquium for the 2015-2016 academic year.


Recent/Select Publications:

“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

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

“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 (Berghahn Books forthcoming)

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

Co-editor with Vanessa Plumly, “Introduction: Rethinking Black German Studies,” in Florvil and Plumly, eds. Rethinking Black German Studies: Approaches, Interventions, and Histories (Peter Lang forthcoming)


“Remembering Afro-German Intellectual May Ayim,” Black Perspectives, September 6, 2017

“From ADEFRA to Black Lives Matter: Black Women’s Activism in Germany,” Black Perspectives, July 5, 2017


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

Distinguished Graduate Scholar, Office of the Vice President of Research, University of South Carolina, Spring 2013

College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship, University of South Carolina, 2012-2013

Rhude M. Patterson Trustee Graduate Fellowship, The Graduate School, University of South Carolina, Spring 2012

Becht Family Endowment Fund Dissertation Preparation Fellowship, History Department, University of South Carolina, Spring 2012

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

Ceny Walker Graduate Fellowship, Walker Institute of International and Area Studies, University of South Carolina, Summer 2011


  • Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll (capstone)
  • Western Civilization from 1648 to the Present (Undergraduate)
  • Gender and Race after Hitler (Undergraduate and Graduate)
  • Gender and Race in post-World War II Film (Undergraduate)
  • Seminar: 1968 in Global Perspective (Graduate)
  • Modern Germany: Bismarck to Hasselhoff, 1871-Present (Undergraduate)