Hilary Lynd

PhD Candidate

Africa & Late Modern Europe

I am a historian of South Africa and the Soviet Union/Russia, with particular interests in comparative empire and decolonization; ideologies of racial and ethnic difference; global socialism and capitalism; area studies; and the international circulation of people, ideas, and arms.

I am completing a dissertation that is a political and intellectual history of connections between South Africa and the Soviet Union before, during, and after the simultaneous collapse of apartheid and socialism. My focus is a decades-long transnational conversation about the political meanings of race, nation, and ethnicity.


"The Peace Deal: The Formation of the Ingonyama Trust and the IFP Decision to Join South Africa's 1994 Elections," South African Historical Journal 73:2 (2021)

"Secret details of the land deal that brought the IFP into the 94 poll," Mail & Guardian, 7 August 2019

Awards, Fellowships & Scholarships

2019 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship

2018 Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Dissertation Research Grant

2018 Reinhard Bendix Memorial Fellowship, UC Berkeley

2018 John L. Simpson Fellowship in International and Comparative Studies, UC Berkeley

2018 Center for African Studies Rocca Fellowship, UC Berkeley

2017 UC Berkeley Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award

2016 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship, Russian

2013-14 History, Classics, and Archaeology Masters Scholarship, University of Edinburgh

2013-14 Sheila Cannell Postgraduate Scholarship, University of Edinburgh

2013 Marjorie Harris Weiss Award, Brown University

2013 Anne Crosby Emery Fellowship, Brown University