Kelsey Zavelo
Student

I am a doctoral candidate specializing in the history of the United States in the world. My current research focuses on the politicization of African affairs in the United States in the wake of decolonization, particularly as it relates to the development of modern conservative thought and political action. My dissertation, “Apartheid Diplomacy: South Africa and the Rise of the American Right,” shows how recent U.S. and South Africa histories were mutually constitutive through an examination of conservative America’s real and imagined interests in South Africa and the South African government’s multiform investments in shaping U.S. foreign policy. My research has been supported by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. 

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I am a doctoral candidate specializing in the history of the United States in the world. My current research focuses on the politicization of African affairs in the United States in the wake of decolonization, particularly as it relates to the development of modern conservative thought and political action. My dissertation, “Apartheid Diplomacy: South Africa and the Rise of the American Right,” shows how recent U.S. and South Africa histories were mutually constitutive through an examination of conservative America’s real and imagined interests in South Africa and the South African government’s multiform investments in shaping U.S. foreign policy. My research has been supported by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

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