Larissa Kopytoff

Associate 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 a wide range of courses in African history, the history of empires, global history, legal history, war and society, comparative slavery and emancipation, and historical methods. I have won teaching awards at both New York University and USF. 


My research interests lie at the intersection of African history, the history of European empires, and legal history. Broadly, my work 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 research examines the legal and political history of citizenship in French colonial Senegal. 

I have received research support from the Fulbright-Hays Program, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the American Society for Legal History’s Hurst Institute and Wallace Johnson Program.