Tiffany Willoughby-Herard is an American academic and author who is an associate professor in the Department of African American Studies at the University of California, Irvine and President-Elect of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. Her research focusses on black political thought, black radical movements, and queer and trans sexualities.
Willoughby-Herard authored the book Waste of a White Skin: The Carnegie Corporation and the Racial Logic of White Vulnerability (University of California Press 2015) and edited the volume Theories of Blackness: On Life and Death (Cognella 2011).
Willoughby-Herard has published articles in Journal of Contemporary Thought; Cultural Dynamics; African Identities; Social Justice; National Political Science Review; Politics, Groups, & Identities; South African Review of Sociology, New Political Science, Race in Anthropology, focusing on intersectional topics in universities in the US and South Africa, among others "Mammy No More/Mammy Forever", "Poetic Labors and Challenging Political Science: An Epistolary Poem", and further topics such as biomedical radicalization.
Willoughby-Herarde is guest editor of special issues including: “Black Feminism and Afro-Pessimism” (2018) co-edited with M. Shadee Malaklou in Theory and Event; “Challenging the Legacies of Racial Resentment: Black Health Activism, Educational Justice, and Legislative Leadership” (2017) co-edited with Julia Jordan-Zachery in the National Political Science Review; “Twenty Years of South African Democracy, Volume 1” (2015) co-edited with Abebe Zegeye in African Identities; “Cedric J. Robinson: Radical Historiography, Black Ontology, and Freedom” (2013) co-edited with H.L.T. Quan in African Identities. (Routledge 2017).
Willoughby-Herarde is the former editor of the National Political Science Review (2016–2019), current book review editor for Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies, member of the editorial advisory board for the journal of the Critical Ethnic Studies Association.
Awards and Memberships
- 2017: Mae C. King Distinguished Paper Award on Women, Gender and Black Politics, Association for the Study of Black Women in Politics
- 2017 Pipeline Award for serving as an outstanding mentor and introducing the most students to the NCOBPS 2017 Annual Meeting
- 2015 and 2011: UC Irvine Chancellor's Award for Fostering Undergraduate Research
- 2009: Lucius Barker Best Paper Award in Racial and Ethnic Politics
- Member of the LGBTQ+ Caucus of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists
- Former president of the LGBTQ Caucus of the American Political Science Association
- Former co-chair of the Ken Sherrill Best Dissertation on Sexuality and Politics Prize Award Committee
- Past member of the African Politics Conference Group Best Paper Award Committee.