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Tiffany Sippial, Associate Professor of History and Director of Graduate Studies, joined Auburn University's history faculty in 2007. She received her Ph.D. in Latin American History with Distinction from the University of New Mexico, an M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico, and she graduated Magna Cum Laude fromSouthwestern University with a B.A. in Art History and a B.A. in Spanish. At the University of New Mexico, Sippial worked as an Assistant Editor of the New Mexico Historical Review. Her work has been published in Cuban Studies, the New Mexico Historical Review, and the Encyclopedia of Women in World History.
Dr. Sippial's research focuses on the experience of women in Latin America, as part of a broader commitment to the study of the operation of power in Latin American society. Her first book Prostitution, Modernity, and the Making of the Cuban Republic, 1840-1920(UNC, 2013) received the 2013-2014 Alfred B. Thomas Award for the best book on a Latin American subject from the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies (SECOLAS). The book explores the connection between state imperatives to control prostitute's lives, labors, and bodies, and the development of broader categories of appropriate behavior within a colonial and post-colonial setting. Her work reveals that ongoing negotiations between state agents, local citizens, and prostitutes over the form and function of Cuba's regulatory mechanism between 1840 and 1920 ultimately shaped, and were shaped by, broader competing discourses about citizenship, the legitimate exercise of state power, and the development of Cuba as a "modern" state. Her research has been supported by a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Grant, a CCWH Berkshire Conference of Women Historians Award, an American Historical Association Albert J. Beveridge Grant for Research in the History of the Western Hemisphere, a Latin American and Iberian Institute Ph.D. Fellowship, and a Dean's Dissertation Scholarship from the University of New Mexico.
Dr. Sippial’s new book project is titled Celia Sánchez Manduley: The Creation of Cuba’s New Woman. This new project is a cultural history—with biographical components—of the life, meaning, and mythology of Celia Sánchez Manduley (1920-1980). A central figure of the Cuban Revolution, the closest confidant of one of modern history’s most intriguing public figures, Fidel Castro, and an enduring symbol of Cuba’s revolutionary ideals, Sánchez’s position within the history of the Cuban Revolution is indisputable. The question of how and why her story has been, and continues to be, mobilized by diverse sectors of society—across geographical, racial, and even generational lines—sits at the heart of this work. Examining her story through a cultural history lens sheds light on a variety of important themes relating to the history of the Cuban Revolution, such as the politics of memory, gendered constructions of war and revolution, and the contested nature of national mythology, to name only a few. This book project is, therefore, much more than the story of one single woman. It is the story of the making—and remaking—of Cuba’s revolutionary “New Woman” through the life story of one of its most revered national heroines.
In 2010 Dr. Sippial was honored with an Early Career Teaching Excellence Award by the College of Liberal Arts, and she received the Auburn University Alumni Association Teaching Excellence Award in 2015. Dr. Sippial teaches both undergraduate and graduate course at Auburn, covering Latin American history and historiography during the colonial and modern periods and world history.
She also leads an annual two-week trip to Cuba for the Auburn University Honors College.
Last Updated: February 20, 2019