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420 Ewing Hall​Newark, DE 19716<div class="ExternalClass759757892071408AB87F50E9122C8345"><p>Tiffany M. Gill is an Associate Professor of Black American Studies and History at the University of Delaware. 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. Dr. Gill’s research has been supported by fellowships from the American Association for University Women, the Newcomen Society, as well as the John Hope Franklin Center for Documentary Studies. Before joining the faculty of the University of Delaware in 2013, she taught at the University of Texas at Austin and was a recipient of the 2010 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award for excellence in undergraduate education.</p></div><div class="ExternalClass890C0D9C7DD44E4F8488E41663FD776E"><h4><br></h4></div><p>​</p><div class="ExternalClass5DB9C66D96E04FDEAE5D79DE991AE59F"><p>​Professor Gill’s research interests include African American History, African American Women’s History, the history of black entrepreneurship, fashion and beauty studies, and travel and migration throughout the African Diaspora. Currently, she is at work on a book manuscript tentatively titled, “Intentional Tourists: International Leisure Travel and the Making of Black Global Citizens.”</p></div><div class="ExternalClassDEF7F423C0374F228B0D895A7DEFACAB"><h4>Civil Rights, African American Women’s History, Studies of Race and Beauty.</h4></div><div class="ExternalClassE7234C30396B49E9BF51C16A2BE9CE6D"><p>​</p><h4>Books:</h4><ul><li><em>Beauty Shop Politics: African American Women's Activism in the Beauty Industry</em> (University of Illinois Press, 2010)</li></ul><h4>Articles and Book Chapters</h4><ul><li>“`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., <em>Women, Families, and Communities</em> (Volume 2), (Prentice Hall, 2008), 92-111.</li><li>“‘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., <em>Cultures of Commerce: Representation and American Business Culture, 1877-1960, </em>(Palgrave Macmillian, 2006), 143-169.</li></ul><p></p></div>Research InterestsTeaching InterestsPublicationstgill@udel.edu, Tiffany<img alt="" src="/Images%20Bios/faculty/Gill_Tiffany.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Associate Professor of Africana Studies & History Cochran Scholar,Tiffany



Beauty Shop Politics: African American Women's Activism in the Beauty IndustryGill, TiffanyUniversity of Illinois Press2010<h5>Awards and Recognition:</h5><p>Winner of the 2010 Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Book Award</p><p>A bold reassessment of black beauty salons as vital sites for social change.</p><p>Looking through the lens of black business history, <em>Beauty Shop Politics</em> shows how black beauticians in the Jim Crow era parlayed their economic independence and access to a public community space into platforms for activism. Tiffany M. Gill argues that the beauty industry played a crucial role in the creation of the modern black female identity and that the seemingly frivolous space of a beauty salon actually has stimulated social, political, and economic change. </p><p>From the founding of the National Negro Business League in 1900 and onward, African Americans have embraced the entrepreneurial spirit by starting their own businesses, but black women's forays into the business world were overshadowed by those of black men. With a broad scope that encompasses the role of gossip in salons, ethnic beauty products, and the social meanings of African American hair textures, Gill shows how African American beauty entrepreneurs built and sustained a vibrant culture of activism in beauty salons and schools. Enhanced by lucid portrayals of black beauticians and drawing on archival research and oral histories, <em>Beauty Shop Politics</em> conveys the everyday operations and rich culture of black beauty salons as well as their role in building community.</p>

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