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Tracy Denean Sharpley-Whiting

Prof Sharpley-Whiting


Vice Provost of Arts and Libraries

Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Distinguished Chair in the Humanities

Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies

Professor of French

Director of the Callie House Research Center for the Study of Global Black Cultures and Politics


Office: Buttrick 230




  • PhD – Brown University, 1994


  • Comparative Black European Studies
  • Slavery and the Atlantic World
  • Diaspora Literary/Cultural History
  • Black Women's Studies
  • African American Studies


Professor Sharpley-Whiting is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Distinguished Professor of Humanities (AADS and French), Associate Provost for Academic Advancement, Chair of African American and Diaspora Studies, and Director of the Callie House Center. She is the author/editor or co-editor of fifteen books. She is currently researching, a biographical study of four African diasporic figures across French historical movements. She is co-editor of the Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism, editor of the journal Palimpsest, one of the series editors of "Blacks in the Diaspora" (Indiana University Press, 2007-2015), and co-series editor of "Philosophy and Race" (SUNY Press). She served on the Executive Council of the Modern Language Association (2014-2018). 


  • Black Venus: La Vénus Hottentote ou Haine Aux Françaises (Autrement mêmes, Vol.135 (2020)
  • Bricktop's Paris: African American Women in Paris Between the Two World Wars and The Autobiography of Ada Bricktop Smith, or Miss Baker Regrets  (SUNY Press, 2015)
  • Pimps Up, Ho’s Down: Young Black Women, Hip Hop and the New Gender Politics (New York University Press, 2007)