Zaib Aziz

Assistant Professor

Zaib Aziz is Assistant Professor in the History of the Modern British Empire at the Department of History. She received her PhD in History at Yale University in 2022. Her dissertation, "Nations Ascendant: The Global Campaign Against Empire and the Making of Our World" won the university wide John Addison Porter Prize and was also awarded the Arthur and Mary Wright Prize from the Yale Department of History. During the academic year 2023-2024, she holds the Weatherhead Initiative on Global History Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Weatherhead Center at Harvard University. She was also awarded the Sassoon Fellowship in Diasporic South Asian and Black History by the Bodleian Library at Oxford University and will be taking residence there this summer. She is currently working on her first monograph, based on her dissertation. The book, currently under advance contract with Yale University Press, provides a new history of global anti-colonialism. Focusing on the global networks which appeared during the interwar years, Nations Ascendant shows that radical activists and thinkers from various imperial and national polities challenged the imperial world order and contributed towards the ends of empire. Moreover, it shows the impact that the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution had on the production of anti-imperial dissent in the colonial world during the interwar years. By examining their global discourse, she shows how universal self-determination not only became the aim of national movements but counter-intuitively also the objective for radical internationalism.

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