Professor of History; Associate DGS, History
Fields of interest:
South Africa, modern Africa, religion, political thought, popular culture and the African Diaspora
Dan Magaziner is a historian of 20th century Africa. He is the author of two books: The Law and the Prophets: Black Consciousness in South Africa, 1968 – 1977 (2010) and The Art of Life in South Africa (2016). He received his PhD at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2007 and taught at Cornell University before coming to Yale in 2011. A specialist in intellectual and cultural history, he teaches 19th and 20th century African and South African history; the history of the African diaspora; global and comparative international history. In 2016 he was awarded the Sarai Ribicoff Award for the Encouragement of Teaching at Yale.
Dan is working on two book projects, at the intersection of intellectual history and biography. The first, tentatively entitled Available Light: Race, Art and the Struggle for Change in South Africa uses the biography of the activist and archivist Omar Badsha to explore the history of race and social movements in post-World War II South Africa. The second, tentatively entitled World Man from Africa: Selby Mvusi and the Future traces the intellectual itinerary of a South Africa painter, sculptor, theorist and designer during the era of decolonization. Dan is also the editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook on South Africa.