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Augusta Dell'Omo


Bachelor of Arts, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Augusta Dell'Omo

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U.S. Foreign Policy in the 20th Century, Cold War, Civil Rights History, Race and American International Relations Theory, U.S.-South African Relations, Religion and Culture, Public History, Historical Teaching Methods

Biography


Augusta Dell'Omo is a Ph.D. Student in History at the University of Texas - Austin.

A Graduate Fellow at the Clements Center, Augusta specializes in U.S. foreign policy and Race in American International Relations Theory from the late Cold War to the present. She contributes to Not Even Past,  UT’s public history website, and acts as an interviewer and technical director for UT’s podcast for students, educators, and history buffs, 15 Minute History. She is a passionate teacher, working as a supplemental instructor and supervisor, and a graduate mentor for the I.E. Pre-Graduate School Internship Program. Augusta speaks German and Italian and is learning Afrikaans and Zulu. She graduated with highest distinction and highest honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BA 2016). She tweets @Augusta_Caesar

My dissertation focuses on the grassroots rebellion to the Reagan administration’s policy of constructive engagement with South Africa during the 1980s.  My research draws on television and other media to consider how groups comprised of former southern segregationists of religious and civic authority saw apartheid as articulating their own visions of a resurgent, explicitly white, international system. I hypothesize that conservative support for anti-apartheid policies forced these groups to go abroad, creating spaces in which white supremacist and biblical colonization flourished politically and economically outside the control of the U.S. establishment. Furthermore, I focus on resistance to increasing white radicalism by Protestant denominations in the U.S., communist organizations, and black South African churches.

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