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Simone  Puff

Simone Puff

Assistant Professor
Department of Women’s and Gender Studies

312 Sims Hall

Research and Teaching Interests:

* Women’s and Gender Studies with a focus on transnational feminisms

* Social justice and anti-racist pedagogy and praxis

* Intersections of race, gender, sexuality, class, and color in U.S. culture and media

* American social protest and civil rights movements

* Critical Whiteness Studies

* Intercultural Communication

* American Cultural Studies

Dr. Puff has published and taught courses on topics such race, gender, class, and color in American literature and culture; Black feminist thought; civil rights and protest movements in the U.S.; Black women writers; Critical Whiteness Studies; and the television show Scandal. The monograph based on her award-winning dissertation (University of Klagenfurt, 2012, Fulbright Prize for “Best Dissertation in American Studies” in Austria) on discourses of skin color and colorism in Ebony and Essence magazines is currently in preparation. She is the co-editor of a book on the television show Scandal (with Kimberly R. Moffitt and Ronald L. Jackson II) to be published in 2017. She is also the recipient of the teaching award “ELCH – E-Learning Champion” (awarded by the University of Graz in 2015), for her innovative work with students by blogging about social justice issues and anti-racist work in Austria and the United States.


Simone Puff received her PhD in American Studies with a focus on Women’s Studies and African American Studies from the University of Klagenfurt in Austria in 2012. Before joining the faculty of Syracuse University in 2015, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University of Graz in Austria and a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Communication, Culture & Media Studies at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She also taught at the Universities of Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck, and Klagenfurt in Austria and at Saarland University in Saarbruecken, Germany.

Selected Publications:


2016 “Difference, Diversity, and the Discourse(s) of Color: Re-Reading Colorism in the African American Press.” In Eleftheria Arapoglou, Yiorgos Kalogeras, and Jopi Nyman (Ed.). Racial and Ethnic Identities in the Media: The Politics of Representation (pp. 245-261). London: Palgrave Macmillan.

2015 “Another Scandal in Washington: How a Transgressive, Black Anti-Heroine Makes for New ‘Quality TV’.” In Birgit Däwes, Alexandra Ganser, and Nicole Poppenhagen (Ed.). Transgressive Television: Politics and Crime in 21st-Century American Television Series (pp. 103–126). Heidelberg, Germany: Winter.

2014 “Writing (about) the Black Female Body: An Exploration of Skin Color Politics in Advertising within Ebony and Essence.” In Goldman, A. Y., Ford, V. S., Harris, A. A., & Howard, N. R. (Ed.). Black Women and Popular Culture: The Conversation Continues (pp. 225–246). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

2013 “Colors in Conflict: Light vs. Dark Reloaded; or, the Commodification of (Black) Beauty.” In Christina Ljungberg and Mario Klarer (Ed.). Cultures in Conflict / Conflicting Cultures. SPELL: Swiss Papers in English Language and Literature 29 (pp. 159–176). Tübingen, Germany: Narr.