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Tiffany Gill

  • Associate Professor
  • History and Africana Studies
(302) 831-6307
431 John Ewing Hall
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curriculum vitae

Tiffany M. Gill is an Associate Professor in the Department of Africana Studies and the Department of History at the University of Delaware.  She earned a doctorate in American History at Rutgers University in 2003.  Her research and teaching interests include African American History, Women’s History, the history of black entrepreneurship, fashion and beauty studies, and travel and migration throughout the African Diaspora.  She is the author of Beauty Shop Politics: African American Women’s Activism in the Beauty Industry (University of Illinois Press, 2010) which was awarded the 2010 Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Book Prize by the Association of Black Women Historians.  In addition, she has served as a subject editor for African American National Biography, and has had her work published and reprinted in several journals and edited volumes.

Before joining the faculty of the University of Delaware, Dr. Gill taught at the University of Texas at Austin and was a recipient of the 2010 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award for excellence in undergraduate education.  Currently, Professor Gill is at work on a book manuscript tentatively titled, “Intentional Tourists: International Leisure Travel and the Making of Black Global Citizens.”



  • Beauty Shop Politics: African American Women's Activism in the Beauty Industry (University of Illinois Press, 2010)

Articles and Book Chapters

  • “`I Had My Own Business…So I didn’t Have to Worry’: Beauty Salons, Beauty Culturists, and Black Community Life,” in Nancy Hewitt and Kirsten Delegard, eds., Women, Families, and Communities (Volume 2), (Prentice Hall, 2008), 92-111.
  • “‘The First Thing Every Negro Girl Does’: Black Beauty Culture, Racial Politics, and the Construction of Modern Black Womanhood, 1905-1925,” in Elspeth Brown, Catherine Gudis, and Marina Moskowitz, eds., Cultures of Commerce: Representation and American Business Culture, 1877-1960, (Palgrave Macmillian, 2006), 143-169.

Links to Publications

  • Beauty Shop Politics

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