Tina Campt


Tina Campt is Claire Tow and  Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Africana and Women’s Gender and Studies, Director of the Barnard Center for Research on Women, and Chair of the Africana Studies Department at Barnard. Campt joined the Barnard faculty in 2010, prior to which she held faculty positions at Duke University, the University of California-Santa Cruz and the Technical University of Berlin. Professor Campt’s published work explores gender, racial and diasporic formation in black communities in Germany, and Europe more broadly. She is the author of two books: Other Germans: Black Germans and the Politics of Race, Gender and Memory in the Third Reich (2004), an oral history that explores the experiences of Black Germans during the Third Reich, and Image Matters: Archive, Photography and the African Diaspora in Europe (2012), which theorizes the affects of family photography of in early twentieth century Black German and Black British communities. Campt has edited special issues of Feminist Review, Callaloo and small axe, and together with Paul Gilroy, co-edited Der Black Atlantik (2004), the first German language collection of key texts on the Black Atlantic. Her third book, Listening to Images (forthcoming in 2017 from Duke University Press) theorizes the everyday practices of refusal and fugitivity enacted in a frequently overlooked genre of black vernacular photographs she calls ‘quiet photography.’ Professor Campt is the recipient of research grants and fellowships from the Leverhulme Trust, the American Association of University Women, The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Social Science Research Council, and the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities.

Academic Focus: 

Theories of Racial and Gendered Formation

Black German and Black European Studies

African Diaspora Studies

Visual Culture and Vernacular Photographies

Theories of Affect

Oral History and Memory Studies


Selected Courses (related to Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies)

Interpreting Bodies: The Black Female Body

Theorizing Diaspora: Feminism, Transnationalism and the African Diaspora


Selected Publications

2004     Other Germans: Black Germans and the Politics of Race, Gender and Memory in the Third Reich, University of Michigan Press.

2004     Der Black Atlantic, Tina Campt and Paul Gilroy, eds., Haus der Kulturen der Welt.

2008     “Gendering Diaspora: Transnational Feminism, Diaspora and Its Hegemonies,” co-authored with Deborah Thomas, Feminist Review, Special Issue: “Gendering Diaspora” vol. 90, Fall.

2009     “Family Matters: Race, Gender and Belonging in Black German Photography,” Social Text 98, vol. 27: 1, 83-114.

2009     “A Future Beyond Empire: An Introduction,” co-authored w/Saidiya Hartman, Small Axe: A Caribbean Platform for Criticism, vol. 13: 1, no. 28, 19-26.

2011     “What’s the ‘trans’ and where’s the ‘national’ in transnational feminist practice? – A Response,” Feminist Review.

2012     Image Matters: Archive, Photography and the African Diaspora, Duke University Press


Forthcoming Publications

2016   Listening to Images, Duke University Press






1996   Ph.D. in History, Cornell University

1990   M.A. in History, Cornell University

1986   B.A. in History, Vassar College 


In the News

In its eighth year, the Global Symposium traveled to Paris. Barnard College gathered a group of prominent leaders from across the region to discuss some of the current events and rapidly changing policies that are influencing women’s roles throughout Europe.