Remembering Tyler Stovall

Tyler Stovall
December 13, 2021

The Whitney Humanities Center mourns the death of our friend and colleague Tyler Stovall (1954­–2021). Historian of France and the Francophone world, former president of the American Historical Association and Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Fordham University—after a long and brilliant career as professor and dean at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz—Tyler contributed to every facet of academic life. He joined us in conversation last spring to celebrate a book he was essential in bringing back into the public eye: William Gardner Smith’s The Stone Face. He was as generous and insightful a reader and critic of the work of colleagues as he was a brilliant and insightful scholar. His work opened many new avenues for research, from his groundbreaking study of the Red Belt suburbs of Paris to his classic Paris Noir, on the African American diaspora in Paris; to, most recently, his important theoretical intervention, White Freedom: The Racial History of an Idea, published this past January. His work will continue to inspire us.