Zaib un Nisa Aziz

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Graduate School Student
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Zaib Aziz is a PhD Candidate in Global History with a regional specialization in Modern South Asia. Her dissertation, tentatively titled “Nations Ascendant: The Global Struggle Against Imperialism and the Making of Our World” is a study of anti-colonial thought and practice in early 20th century. The dissertation examines how anti-imperialists from South Asia, North Africa as well as Latin America and the Carribean connected and formulated intellectual and political networks during the interwar years. It shows further how European cities and ports often served as the fulcrum of these connections. The project considers the influence of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution on anti-imperial and nationalist movments, the formation of a transimperial radical underground of letters, the dissident journeys of provocatuers and proseleytizers and the relationship between anti-imperialist and anti-fascist movements in the 1930s. By examining the links between various national emanciaptory movements, the dissertation seeks to show how revolutionary anti-colonialists percieved the project of decolonization as global in scope, scale and ambition.
Zaib’s research has been generously supported by the Yale Macmillan Center, the South Asian Studies Council and the A Bartlett Giamatti Fellowship. She has also received the Baden-Württemberg Award and research grants from the Yale Digital Humanities Lab. During the academic year 2019-2020, Zaib is the Fox Fellow to Sidney Sussex College at Cambridge University.
At Yale, Zaib has been the coordinator of the International History Workshop. She has also been the organizor of the Global History Working Group and been a language partner at the Yale Center for Language Study.
Prior to coming to Yale, she attended the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) where she was awarded the Bestway Foundation scholarship to pursue an MSc in Empires, Colonialism and Globalization. Her first paper based on her early graduate school work is entitled “Passages from India: Indian Anti Colonial Activism in Exile 1905-1920”, was published by Historical Research in 2016. She is originally from Pakistan, and completed her BSc. in Political Science at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). She welcomes any inquiries about the graduate program in History at Yale.