Tiffany Willoughby-Herard

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Associate Professor, African American Studies
School of Humanities
Affiliate Faculty, Gender and Sexuality Studies
School of Humanities
Affiliate Faculty, Queer Studies Minor
School of Humanities
Core Faculty, Culture and Theory, Ph.D. Program
School of Humanities
Affiliate Faculty, Political Science
School of Social Sciences
Managing Editor, National Political Science Review


Phone: (949) 824-7035
Fax: (949) 824-7006

University of California, Irvine
3224 Humanities Gateway
Mail Code: 6850
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
South Africa, poor whites, race in foreign policy, diaspora, comparative racial politics, black political thought, third world feminisms, feminist pedagogy, decolonizing theory, comparative political theory, community and civic engagement, radical thought
Academic Distinctions
Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research 2015, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, Division of Undergraduate Education, University of California, Irvine.

Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research 2011, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, Division of Undergraduate Education, University of California, Irvine.

Lucius Barker Best Paper Award in Racial and Ethnic Politics, 2009, Midwest Political Science Association for "Rethinking Hip Hop Through the Politics of Uplift:Culture, Politics, and the Racial Wealth Divide." Awarded April 2010.

Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, UC Santa Barbara, Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, $5,000.
University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow, UC San Diego, Department of Ethnic Studies, Prof. Denise Da Silva (Mentor)
Research Abstract
My research examines the international dimensions of racialization, racial identities, and the racialization of poverty. I study philanthropic and educational organizations that have had a global reach to talk about the production of traveling academic and popular debates about race, culture, poverty, and work. I am particularly concerned with the influence that scholars from South Africa and the United States have had on each other in the framing of their distinctive national debates about race and post-raciality. As a comparative political theorist I am concerned about the function of race and enslavement in national identity which has important implications for theories of citizenship, immigration, democracy, and justice.

My book, "Waste of a White Skin: Carnegie and the Making of Global Whiteness and Misery," analyzes the political and historical impact and effects of the Carnegie Commission Study of Poor Whites in South Africa, 1927-1932. Waste of a White Skin is a study of the international dimensions of racialization of the poor in South Africa. Through attention to racial and class formations deployed by philanthropic organizations and social scientists in the United States and South Africa, I consider the politics of scientific racism and civilizing missions in particular with regard to the construction of the social identity “poor whites.”

Q&A with Tiffany Willoughby-Herard, Between the Lines, UCI School of Humanities Magazine, Spring 2015.

UCI Courses Frequently Taught
African American Studies III
Immigration and Blacks
Black Wealth and Poverty
Blacks in U.S. Foreign Policy
South African Social Identities
African Diaspora
Black Protest Tradition
African Politics
African Gender Studies
African American Studies Research Methods
Black Politics
Black Political Thought

2016. Challenging the Legacies of Racial Resentment: Black Health Activism, Educational Justice, and Legislative Leadership. Editors: Tiffany Willoughby-Herard and Julia Jordan-Zachery. National Political Science Review 18 (Newark: Transaction Publishers), 207pp.
2014. Special Issue: Twenty Years of South African Democracy. Guest Editors: Tiffany Willoughby-Herard and Abebe Zegeye. African Identities 12 (3-4): 225-392.
2013. Special Issue: Cedric J. Robinson: Radical Historiography, Black Ontology, and Freedom. Guest Editors: H.L.T. Quan and Tiffany Willoughby-Herard. African Identities 11(2): 109-245.
2011. Theories of Blackness: On Life and Death. San Diego: University Readers and Cognella.

2015. The Secret Eye: Black Women in Politics and Publishing. Broadening the Contours in the Study of Black Politics: Political Development and Black Women. Edited by Michael Mitchell and David Covin. National Political Science Review 17(1): 75-82.
2014. Fighting for an intervention in history in the face of dreams deferred in the making: Twenty years of South African democracy." African Identities 12(3-4): 225-235.
2014. "Black Rainbows: Militant White Women Writers, Post-Racial Discourse, and the Stakes of Race, Class, and Gender in South Africa." Journal of Contemporary Thought 39: 197-218.
2014. "Mammy No More/ Mammy Forever: The Stakes and Costs of Teaching Our Colleagues." The Truly Diverse Faculty. Eds. Stephanie Fryberg and Ernesto Martinez. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 157-192.
2014. "More expendable than slaves? Racial Justice and the After-Life of Slavery." Politics, Groups, and Identities 2(3): 506-521.
2013. "Black Ontology, Radical Scholarship, and Freedom,” with H.L.T. Quan. African Identities 11(2): 109-116.
2013. "‘Revolt at the Source’: The Black Radical Tradition in the Social Documentary Photography of Omar Badsha and Nadine Hutton.” African Identities 11(2): 200-226.

Revolt at the Source
2012. "Negotiating Treacherous Terrain: Surveillance, Security Cultures, and Affective Ties in a Local Anti-War Movement." Co-Authored with Elizabeth Currans and Mark Schuller, Social Justice 38 (3): 60-85.

2010. “‘I’ll give you something to cry about’: The Intra-Racial Violence of Uplift Feminism in the Carnegie Poor White Study Volume, The Mother and Daughter of the Poor Family.” South African Review of Sociology 41(1): 78-103.
2008. “The Rape of an Obstinate Woman: Frantz Fanon’s Wretched of the Earth.” Shout Out: Women of Color Respond to Violence. Eds. Barbara K. Ige and Maria Ochoa. Seal Press, pp.264-280.
2007. “South Africa’s Poor Whites and Whiteness Studies: Afrikaner Ethnicity, Scientific Racism, and White Misery,” New Political Science: A Journal of Politics and Culture 29(3): 479-500.
2006. “On Outlaws and Upstarts: Identity, African Diaspora Studies, and Anthropology.” Kroeber Anthropological Society: Special Issue on Race and Anthropology, Race in Anthropology 95: 40-78.
2005. “Writing in Solidarity: The New Generation.” Race and Class: Special Issue on Cedric J. Robinson 47(2): 88-99.

2013. "The Fetish of Development." co-author with Eileen Boris. eScholarship. University of California, Santa Barbara and Feminist Studies Department.

2009. “Comparative Political Thought, Interdisciplinarity, and the History of the Carnegie Poor White Study in South Africa, 1927-1932.” Conference Proceedings for the South African Historical Society. 1-20.

Student Journalism: Writing and Perseverance Beyond the Culture Wars, the End of History, the New World Order and the Clash of Civilizations." Conference Proceedings of the University of Michigan Futuring Diversity Conference.


2016. Book Review Forum: Essay 1 on Zenzele Isoke's Urban Black Women and the Politics of Resistance (2013). Broadening the Contours in the Study of Black Politics: Citizenship and Popular Culture. Edited by Michael Mitchell and David Covin. National Political Science Review 17(2): 141-143.

2010. Book Review. Appalachian Aspirations: The Geography of Urbanization and Development in the Upper Tennessee River Valley, 1865-1900 (University of Tennessee Press 2007) by John Benhart. Urban Geography. Urban Geography 31(6): 863-864.

2007. Book Review. “Of Social Contracts, Citizens, Customers, and the Process of Administrative Reform in South Africa: Karen Miller’s Public Sector Reform: Governance in South Africa.” Progress in Development Studies. Vol.7, number 2, pp. 173-176.

2006. Book Review. Mandela’s World: The International Dimension of South Africa’s Political Revolution by James Barber. International Journal of African Historical Studies. Volume 39, number 1, 187-189.

2006. Book Review. Africa Policy in the Clinton Years: Critical Choices for the Bush Administration by J. Stephen Morrison and Jennifer G. Cooke (Eds.) International Journal of African Historical Studies. Vol. 39, number 1, pp. 163-165.

2006. Book Review. U.S. Policy in Postcolonial Africa: Four Case Studies in Conflict Resolution by F. Ugboaja Ohaegbulam. International Journal of African Historical Studies. Vol. 39, number 1, pp. 165-167.
Mellon Foundation-Future of Minority Studies Project, Summer Institute Fellow, 23 July- 3 August 2007 FUNDED ” Intersecting Identities and Social Justice: Realist Explorations,” Cornell University, Convened by Satya Mohanty and Linda Martín Alcoff, Intensive theory seminar for faculty and advanced graduate students on post-positivist realism, intersectionality, disability studies, immigration, citizenship and eugenics, racialization and exclusion in the workforce, racialization and criminal justice system, and identity.
$4,000, Institute for Community and Civic Engagement, Fall 2007-Spring 2009, FUNDED Political Philosophy and Civic Engagement: Teaching Democratic Practice, Researching the Black Panther Party, Multi-Campus project conducting oral histories of surviving lesser-known Black Panther Party members, utilizing community based research methods and research collective pedagogy with students at a four year and two year institution. Focus is on evaluating the relationship between political philosophy and civic engagement and social movement participation. Developing pedagogical and informal education skills for students interested in community work and community college teaching.
$4,000 California Campus Compact—Carnegie Faculty Fellowship, 2007-2009, FUNDED, DECLINED Political Philosophy and Civic Engagement: Teaching Democratic Practice.
$1500, Recipient, Humanities Dean Research and Travel Committee Award, June-July 2009, Conference Presentation and Research Trip to South Africa Summer 2009.
$1000, Recipient, ADVANCE Program Dependent Care Travel Awards Program, Spring 10.
$3695, Recipient, UC Irvine Academic Senate Council on Research, Computing and Libraries, Special Research Grant-2009-2010, Visual Culture and White Poverty: Manuscript Chapter, Travel to South Africa September 2010.
$1000, Recipient, ADVANCE Program Dependent Care Travel Awards Program, Summer 10.
Professional Societies
National Conference of Black Political Scientists
American Studies Association
African Studies Association
American Political Science Association
Future of Minority Studies Project
South African Historical Society
South African Sociological Association
Other Experience
Assistant Professor, Political Science
San Francisco State University 2006—2009

Assistant Professor, Africana Studies
University of Michigan, Flint 2004—2005

Graduate Programs
Political Science

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