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University of Delaware
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African American history, women's history, beauty, fashion, travel, civil rights, entrepreneurship, activism
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About Me

Dr. Tiffany M. Gill is the Inaugural John and Patricia Cochran Scholar and Associate Professor of Africana Studies and History at the University of Delaware.  A graduate of Georgetown and Rutgers Universities, 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 the American Association of University Women and the National Endowment of the Humanities. A recipient of the 2010 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award for excellence in undergraduate education, Dr. Gill was named a Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historians in 2015. In 2018, Diverse Issues in Higher Education recognized her as one of the top 25 women in higher education. A Brooklyn girl, self-proclaimed tea snob, and amateur makeup artist, Professor Gill currently is currently at work on a book manuscript chronicling the promise and peril of African American international leisure travel since World War One. You can find her on social media @SableVictorian.

Recent Publications


Gill, Tiffany M. Beauty Shop Politics: African American Women’s Activism in the Beauty Industry. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2010.

*Awarded the 2010 Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Book Prize from the Association of Black Women Historians.

Blain, Keisha N. and Tiffany M. Gill, eds. We Could Turn this Whole World Over: Black Women and Internationalism. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press (forthcoming November 2018).

Essays and Articles

Gill, Tiffany M. “# TeamNatural: Black Hair and the Politics of Community in Digital Media.” Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art 2015, no. 37 (November 2015): 70-79.

Gill, Tiffany M. “The Greatest Generation Revisited: Harlem at the Crossroads of Politics, Culture, and Black Women’s Biography,” Journal of African American History, no. 3 (Summer 2015):461-472.

Media Coverage
NPR Morning Edition, Tell Me More, Marketplace, Travel Weekly, BBC
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Capitalism, Gender, Public History, Race, Urban History, Women