Vanessa Plumly is an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow and Assistant Professor of German at Lawrence University since 2019. She is also an Affiliate Faculty Member in Ethnic Studies. Her research interests are in Black German studies, film and media studies, queer and gender studies, and global studies. She specializes in Black German cultural productions and belonging, post-1989. Plumly co-edited the volume Rethinking Black German Studies: Approaches, Histories and Interventions and is currently working on her first solo-authored book Black German Belonging: Politics, Performativity, and Place. She has published and/or forthcoming articles in Seminar, Feminist German Studies, German Studies Review, and Die Unterrichtspraxis and also published chapters in numerous edited volumes including in Rethinking Black German Studies, After the Imperialist Imagination, 25 Years Berlin Republic, The Many Voices of Europe and the forthcoming volume Global History of Black Girlhood. She is a Board member of Humanities First, co-chair of the Black Diaspora Studies Network at the German Studies Association, review editor for H-Net Black Europe, and series co-editor of Imagining Black Europe with Peter Lang Press.