King (she/her/they/their)

Professor King’s work is animated by abolitionist and decolonial traditions within Black Studies and Native/Indigenous Studies. She is the author of The Black Shoals: Offshore Formations of Black and Native Studies (Duke University Press, 2020) which won the Lora Romero First Book Prize. She also co-edited Otherwise Worlds: Against Settler Colonialism and Anti-Black Racism (Duke University Press, 2021).

In her forthcoming work, Red and Black Alchemies of Flesh: Conjuring A Decolonial and Abolitionist Now, King turns to the connective threads that bring Black queer feminist and Indigenous/Native queer feminist traditions into intimate and erotic relations. The book project conceptualizes a Black and Indigenous ‘analytics of the flesh’ to think and feel with Black and Indigenous feminist and queer poetics, critique, dreams, ecologies, and praxis as sites of rupture that expose existing decolonial and abolitionist presents and futures. 

Tiffany King, associate professor in the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences’ Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Kasey Jernigan, assistant professor of American Studies and Anthropology; and anthropology professor Sonia Alconini will direct programming for the new Black & Indigenous Feminist Futures Institute (BFFI). The BIFFI also will serve as an institutional hub for cultivating new relationships and strengthening existing ones among scholars, artists and organizers working at the intersection of Black and Indigenous life.

Areas of teaching/research: African diaspora studies, Black feminisms, Black gender and sexuality studies, Black geographies/ecologies, abolitionist traditions, Black organizing traditions, Native/Indigenous feminisms, anti-colonial and decolonial studies. 

Professor King is on research leave for the 2021-2022 academic year

First Name: 
Associate Professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality
Computing ID: 
(434) 982-2961
Office Address: 

201 Levering Hall
PO Box 400172
Charlottesville, VA 22904

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Class Schedule: 
Professor King is on research leave for the 2021-2022 academic year.
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2013                Ph.D.,   University of Maryland, College Park, American Studies Department

                        & Women’s Studies Certificate

2007                M.A.,   University of Toronto, Sociology of Education

1998                B.A.,    University of Virginia, School of Architecture

Office Hours: 
Professor King is on research leave for the 2021-2022 academic year.