Hilary Lynd

Research Interests: 

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

My 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 the ‘national question’: does liberation mean that different people should live together or apart? Does decolonization look different in different contexts?

Graduate Position: 
PhD Candidate