Leadership Team

Tiffany Sippial
Tiffany Sippial
Director, Honors College

As the director of the Honors College, Tiffany Sippial is responsible for the vision, mission and overall success of the program.

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, 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. The book explores the connection between state imperatives to control prostitutes’ lives, labors and bodies, and the development of broader categories of appropriate behavior within a colonial and postcolonial setting. 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 Doctoral Degree Fellowship, and a Dean’s Dissertation Scholarship from the University of New Mexico.

In 2010, Sippial was honored with an Early Career Teaching Excellence Award by the College of Liberal Arts, and she received the Auburn Alumni Association Teaching Excellence Award in 2015. Sippial teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses at Auburn, covering Latin American history and historiography during the colonial and modern periods and world history.

Sippial received her doctoral degree in Latin American History with distinction from the University of New Mexico in 2007 and joined history faculty at Auburn that same year. She has completed prestigious fellowships with the Southeastern Conference’s Academic Leadership Development Program and the HERS Leadership Institute, and she was the university’s Presidential Administrative Fellow in 2017.

A strong advocate of international experiences, Sippial leads the Honors College study and travel courses to Cuba. Sippial is currently completing her second book with the University of North Carolina Press. Sippial will also serve as president of the Latin American and Caribbean Section of the Southern Historical Association in 2018-2019.

Last updated: January 29, 2019