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 tentatively entitled, Making a Movement: A History of Black Germans, Gender, and Belonging. Making a Movement builds from her dissertation and is a cultural history of the interplay of emotions, social activism, transnational feminism, and the African diaspora in Germany, and it examines the writings, institutions, relationships, and gendered complexities that emerged as Afro-German intellectuals and activists formed a movement to gain and retain recognition in German society.  In tracing the evolution of this movement, Professor Florvil's project also illuminated the emergence of an Afro-German intellectual and activist tradition inspired by Afro-Caribbean feminist Audre Lorde and her theories about heterogeneity, diaspora and writing.  Florvil has several forthcoming articles that revolve around the Black German movement and its transnational connections.  She is also working with a colleague on a volume entitled New Perspectives of Black German Studies under contract with Peter Lang Press that reexamines the field of Black German Studies.  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 from 2016-2018.  She is also the Co-Chair along with Heikki Lempa and Derek Hillard of the Emotion Network at the German Studies Association from 2017-2019.



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, diasporas, and emotions.  Professor Florvil's familial connections to the Caribbean and experiences attending schools in Germany, northern 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 students from a variety of backgrounds. She is currently the Director of the History Colloquium for the 2015-2016 academic year.


Recent/Select Publications:

“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

“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: Navigating a Contested Terrain (New York: Routledge, forthcoming) 

"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 (forthcoming)

Guest Co-editor with Susan Eckelmann, “Traversing the Borders of Anti-Racist and Civil Rights Activism,” Special issue, Journal of Civil and Human Rights [in progress; includes 6 articles and concluding remarks from Martin Klimke]

Co-editor with Vanessa Plumly, New Perspectives in Black German Studies [in progress, an edited volume with 10 contributors and a foreword by Tina M. Campt and an afterword by Michelle M. Wright, under contract with Peter Lang Press]

Co-Founder and Network Editor of H-Emotions, an H-Net group on the study of Emotions:

 Co-Founder, Network Editor, and Advisory Board Member of H-Black-Europe, an H-Net group that deals with the study of the Black Diaspora and Black European culture: 


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)