Tiffany King

tkingAssistant Professor

25 Park Place, Room 2211
Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
PhD, University of Maryland, College Park, 2013


Tiffany (Lethabo) King’s research focuses on Black gender formation and sexuality at the intersection of slavery and indigenous genocide in the U.S. and Canada. Her book project The Black Shoals: Abolition, Decolonization and Conquest is in production with Duke University Press (August 2019). The Black Shoals argues that scholarly traditions within Black Studies that examine Indigenous genocide alongside slavery in the Americas have forged ethical and generative engagements with Native studies—and Native thought—that continue to reinvent the political imaginaries of abolition and decolonization. The book theorizes Black studies—and Black thought—as an off shore formation, or shoal, that interrupts humanist traditions and impulses within the fields of settler colonial, post colonial, Native and gender and sexuality studies. King is also co editing an anthology titled Otherwise Worlds: Against Settler Colonialism and Anti-Black Racism that is under contract with Duke University Press. This collection of essays features leading scholars in the fields of Black and Indigenous Studies in order to stage a conversation between Black and Indigenous thought and politics on “otherwise” terms that are less meditated by conquest and settler colonial logics.


Fields of Study:
Black gender and sexuality in the African Diaspora, Black Feminisms, Black Studies, Native Feminisms, critical geographies and settler colonialism


Introduction to Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Feminist Theories
Feminist Methodologies
Gender and Sexuality in the African Diaspora

Black Feminist Thought

Select Publications:

Peer Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

“Racial Ecologies: Black Landscapes in Flux,” in Racial Ecologies. Eds. Leilani Nishime and Kim D. Hester Williams. University of Washington Press, 2018.

“Black ‘Feminisms’ and Pessimism: Abolishing Moynihan’s Negro Family.” Theory & Event 21(1) (2018): 68-87.

“Humans Involved: Lurking in the Lines of Posthumanist Flight,” Critical Ethnic Studies Journal 3(1): 162-85 (2017).

“New World Grammars: The ‘Unthought’ Black Discourses of Conquest,” Theory and Event 19.4 (October 2016)

“The Labor of (re)Reading Plantation Landscapes Fungible(ly),” Antipode, p.1-18 (2016)  

 “‘Post-Identitarian and ‘Post-Intersectional’ Anxiety in the Neoliberal Corporate University,” Feminist Formations 27(3):114-38 (2015)

“Feral Feminisms interview with Tiffany Lethabo King” Feral Feminisms, Issue 4 (2015)

‘One Strike Eviction,’State Space and the Production of Abject Black Female Bodies. Critical Sociology 36(1): 45-64 (2010)

“The Filth on Philanthropy: Progressive Philanthropy’s Agenda to Undermine Movements for the Just Redistribution of Wealth,” in The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex. Andrea Smith, ed. (Boston: South End Press, 2007)

Online Journals & Digital Scholarship

“Labor’s Aphasia: Toward Antiblackness as Constitutive to Settler Colonialism” Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education and Society. (2014)