Larissa Kopytoff

Assistant Professor of Instruction

CONTACT information

Office: WMS 2nd Floor
Phone: 727.873.4453


M.A. University of Pennsylvania

Ph.D. New York University


I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in African history, world history, the history of empires, comparative slavery and emancipation, and historical methods. I have won an Outstanding Teaching Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at New York University and a Clinical Faculty Teaching Award at USF St. Petersburg.


I am a historian of Africa. Broadly, my research explores citizenship and nationality in colonial and postcolonial Africa; colonial law and administration; and mobility within and across imperial boundaries, with an emphasis on the French empire. My current work examines the legal and political history of citizenship in French colonial Senegal.

I have received research support from the Fulbright-Hays Program, the American Society for Legal History's Hurst Institute, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. I have also presented my research at conferences in Africa, Europe, and North America.