Hilary Lynd

PhD Candidate

Africa & Late Modern Europe


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?


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