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University of California, Berkeley
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I am a historian of Africa and the Soviet Union/Russia, with particular interests in global socialism and capitalism; comparative empire and decolonization; race, nationalism, and ethnicity; Cold War ideology and interventions; area studies; and the international circulation of people, ideas, and arms.

My Ph.D. dissertation traces the entangled political and intellectual histories of South Africa and the Soviet Union from the years of apartheid and socialism, through parallel legitimacy crises and the implosion of the old regimes, and finally to the construction of a new order in each country in the 1990s. Central to my research is a decades-long transnational conversation about what Marxists called the ‘national question’: Does liberation mean living together or apart? Does decolonization mean emphasizing what people have in common or what makes people different?

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Country Focus
South Africa, Soviet Union, Russia
Expertise by Geography
Africa, Eastern Europe, Russia
Expertise by Chronology
20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Capitalism, Colonialism, Diplomacy, Indigenous Peoples, Politics, Race, Rebellion & Revolution