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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. candidate in history at the University of Texas at Austin.

She specializes in U.S. foreign policy and race in international relations from the late Cold War to the present. Interested in political extremism, religion, African politics, and public history, Augusta is a graduate fellow at the Clements Center for National Security. Her work has been published in Cold War History and is supported by the Social Science Research Council, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, and the Clements Center for National Security. Interested in public history, Augusta is a co-host, content creator, and technical director of 15 Minute History, a history podcast for history buffs, educators, and students with over 100,000 subscribers. She has a working proficiency in German and Italian, with a limited proficiency in Afrikaans and Zulu. She graduated with highest distinction and highest honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A. 2016). Find her on twitter @Augusta_Caesar!

Her dissertation examines how global white power networks played a critical role in influencing on the ground realities in South Africa, specifically the forcibly created Ciskei and Transkei black ethnic homelands, from 1980 to 1994. This conflict in South Africa represents a larger story of rightwing internationalism of the late Cold War. I adopt a transnational, multi-site research agenda to investigate the ties between global white power networks and South African communities to emphasize how these reactionary forces circumvented, undercut, and in many cases, rendered state policy ineffectual.

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