Afifa Ltifi

Ph.D. Student in Africana Studies, Mellon Graduate Fellow


Afifa Ltifi is a Tunisian third year PhD student who works on the implications of trans-saharan slavery and colonialism on conceptualizations of race and blackness in North Africa, particularly in countries of the Maghreb. Through an interdisciplinary approach, her project examines the micro- histories of black North Africans, their representations in cultural production and the complex processes of their racial formation within the “African” milieu. In addition to her academic research, she is an occasional writer for various Arabophone and Anglophone media outlets such as Manshoor, Aljazeera English, Urban Africa, OpenDemocracy and 7iber. A 2017 Mellon Urbanism Fellowship recipient, Ltifi earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in cross-cultural studies from the Higher Institute of Languages of Tunis (Bourguiba School).​


"Black Tunisians and the Pitfalls of Bourguiba’s Homogenization Project"

5 Afro-Arab Female Voices to Center and Amplify in the Fight Against Anti-Black Racism