Tina Campt

Clare Tow and Ann Whitney Olin Professor

Tina Campt is Claire Tow and Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Africana and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies and Director of the Barnard Center for Research on Women 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. Originally trained in modern German history at Cornell University, 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 three books. Other Germans: Black Germans and the Politics of Race, Gender and Memory in the Third Reich (University of Michigan Press, 2004) is a historical inquiry based on oral histories and archival documents that explores the experiences of Black Germans during the Third Reich. Image Matters: Archive, Photography and the African Diaspora in Europe (Duke University Press, 2012) theorizes the affects of family photography in early twentieth century Black German and Black British communities. Her most recent book, Listening to Images (Duke University Press, 2017) theorizes the everyday practices of refusal and fugitivity enacted in a frequently overlooked genre of black vernacular photographs she calls ‘quiet photography.’ Campt has edited special issues of Feminist Review, Callaloo and Small Axe, and together with Paul Gilroy, co-edited Der Black Atlantik (Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 2004), the first German language collection of key texts on the Black Atlantic. 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. Campt will be on leave at Columbia University's Institute for Ideas and Imagination during the academic year 2018-19.

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


Africana Studies Program, Barnard College

Theorizing Diasporic Visualities (undergraduate seminar)

Engendering Black Britain (undergraduate seminar)

Africana Junior Colloquium: Theorizing Diaspora (undergraduate core course)

Africana Senior Thesis Seminar (undergraduate core seminar)


Women’s Studies Department, Barnard College

Senior Seminar: Knowledge, Practice, Power (undergraduate core seminar)

Colloquium in Feminist Theory: Interpreting Bodies (undergraduate core course)

Colloquium in Feminist Theory: Theorizing the Practice of Refusal (undergraduate seminar)


Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Columbia University

Theoretical Paradigms in Feminist Scholarship (graduate seminar)


2017    Listening to Images, Duke University Press.

2017   “Performing Stillness: Diaspora and Stasis in Black German Vernacular Photography” Qui Parle 26:1, 155-170.

2017   “Arthur Jafa in Conversation with Tina Campt: Love is the Message, the Plan is Death” E-flux Journal. Issue 81, April.

2016   “The Motion of Stillness: Diaspora, Stasis, and Black Vernacular Photography” in Remapping Black Germany, Sara Lennox, ed. University of Massachusetts Press.

2015    “Stasis” in Archives and Affect: An Archive of Encounters, National Audiovisual Institute, Warsaw, Poland.

2015   “The Order of a ‘Changing Same’: Seriality in Contemporary African Portraiture” in The Order of Things: Photography from the Walther Collection, Brian Wallis, ed. Steidl.

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

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

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.

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

2009    “Pictures of Us? Blackness, Diaspora and the Afro-German Subject,” Black Europe and the African Diaspora, Darlene Clark Hine, Trica Keaton and Stephen Sma lls, eds., University of Illinois Press, 63-83.

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

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

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

During the spring 2018 semester, Barnard's faculty were awarded distinguished research grants and fellowships in the arts, creative scholarship, economics, and science. 

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture—an institution integral to Barnard’s Harlem Semester—has been newly renovated thanks to the architecture firm led by Claire Tow Professor of Professional Practice and Department of Architecture Chair Karen Fairbanks.

An exploration of racialized images in a genre of photography called “identification photography.” 

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