Participant Info

First Name
Mattie
Last Name
Webb
Affiliation
University of California, Santa Barbara
Website URL
https://www.history.ucsb.edu/graduate-student/mattie/
Keywords
U.S. Foreign Policy, Diplomatic History, South Africa, Southern Africa, Anti-Apartheid Movement, African-American History, Labor, Black Power, Business History, Race and Ethnicity, Africa, Oral History
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About Me

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where I study 20th century U.S. foreign relations and African history. My dissertation combines social and diplomatic approaches to history and looks at the impact and awareness of the Sullivan Principles, a U.S. code of conduct for multinational corporations operating in South Africa during the apartheid era. My dissertation, tentatively titled “Diplomacy at Work: The South African Worker and the Sullivan Principles on the Shop Floor,” draws on archival sources and oral histories from the United States and South Africa. My work is supported by the U.S. Fulbright Program, the National Security Education Program, the Emory University Stuart A. Rose Library, as well as the History Department, Center for Cold War Studies and International History, and History Associates at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I am also committed to undergraduate mentorship and innovative, interdisciplinary pedagogy. During the 2020-2021 academic year, I worked as a fellow for the Andrew Mellon Engaging Humanities initiative, a multidisciplinary group of scholars committed to increasing humanities enrollment on campus through innovative teaching practices and connecting the classroom to broader workplace objectives. I hold a master’s degree in Global Studies from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where I wrote my thesis on economic sanctions as a tool to promote regime change, with a specific focus on the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986. While at UNC, I received funding from the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) program. I received my BA in History from North Carolina State University in 2014.

Recent Publications

“Beyond Desegregation: Waging a Battle Against Apartheid in the South African Workplace,” Scottish Centre for Global History Blog, December 2020.

“Corporates and investors need to engage with the US to halt its slide into autocratization,” (co-authored with Raj Thamotheram) Responsible Investor (October 2020).

“The Sullivan Principles at Work: The Conflicted Activism of Rev. Leon Howard Sullivan,” Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library Scholar Blog (August 7, 2019).

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States, South Africa
Expertise by Geography
Africa, Atlantic, North America, United States
Expertise by Chronology
Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Capitalism, Colonialism, Diplomacy, Economic History, Government, Human Rights, Labor, Pedagogy, Politics, Public History, Race, Sports, Women